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'Darthvader' is real, works with robots at a Tennessee hospital

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Posted at 3:44 PM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 22:09:33-04

(KGTV) - Darthvader Williamson - yes, "Darthvader" - chose the dark side, but only in name.

Williamson has worked as a surgery technician at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett in Memphis, Tenn., for the last 10 years, though his experience in surgery spans more than two decades.

In celebration of "May the Fourth," the yearly celebration of Star Wars, the hospital decided to share Williamson's story and passion in an interview on Youtube.

"When I was born, my mother wanted me to be named 'Junior,' which was after my father: Anthony Lee Williamson. But him, being a Star Wars buff, he was so enamored with the character Darth Vader he was like 'this would be one bad name for our son,'" Williamson recalled in the video.

"And under the effects of anesthesia, she would agree to anything. She was like 'yeah okay, fine.'"

Williamson said his mother realized the error afterward, but it was too late. From then on, the name "just stuck."

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Obviously, the name attracts a certain level of attention.

"There are some people that really go overboard and they say 'Oh my God, your name really is Darth Vader," Williamson said. "They're like, 'can I get an autograph?'"

But surprisingly, his favorite character isn't Darth Vader.

"Actually my favorite character is the bounty hunter named Boba Fett," Williamson said.

Williamson works directly with the hospital's robotics and technology, including imaging technology, according to the hospital. Saint Francis's said the imaging system provides surgeons with virtual navigation and high-quality visuals for precision during spinal surgeries.

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"There's nothing not to like about it. I love every aspect of surgery," Williamson said. "I enjoy the fact that we are giving people a better quality of life."

Check out the full interview here:

Mark Saunders is a KGTV digital producer. Follow him on Twitter at @10NewsSaunders.