Wednesday, 23 May 2012
CLASSIC IMAGE: SPEEDER CRASH
Atop his crashed speeder, Luke Skywalker, seeing the oncoming Imperial Walker, reaches out to get some last minute equipment in this classic scene from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, filmed on location in Finse, Norway in March/April 1979. The body of Luke's friend and co-pilot, Dack, within the speeder would be a prop dummy and not actor John Morton.
TESB's Norway filming historian Martin Dahl has kindly provided this BTS information: "I just spoke to one of the Norwegian extras connected to the shoot, who stood in for John Morton (as Dack). He got placed in the co-pilot seat during this scene as fit the costume perfectly, and a dummy would move unconvincingly when pulled back (as seen when Luke checks on him and retrieves the explosive device)."
Thanks for the info, Martin!