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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

CLASSIC IMAGE: DEATH STAR SURVIVORS

Carrying an equipment case, Wedge shakes hands goodbye with Luke.

Friends and battle veterans Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles say goodbye, preparing to go their separate ways but eventually re-uniting at a pre-planned and secret Rebel Alliance rendezvous somewhere out in the stars.

Actor Denis Lawson, friends with Mark Hamill from the original 1976 STAR WARS filming at Elstree, specifically flew out to the Finse Norway location with the rest of the cast and crew for this sequence (presumably behind the scenes crew members played other pilots and ground staff also preparing to leave, against the backdrop of a partial X-wing prop, whilst the departing Rebel Transport vehicle would be added on to the scene in EMPIRE's ILM post phase), but the moment of their shaking hands was ultimately cut in favour of another shot- a shame really as its seemed like quite a nice character moment. Regardless of its excision, it's a great image from the no longer existing official site's HYPERSPACE section.

The X-wing nose cone used on location in Norway.
Extras (either locals or from the filming crew) pose as departing pilots at the location.

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