Saturday, 30 March 2013
BEHIND THE SCENES: PAST AND FUTURE COLLIDE
With George Lucas and Jamie Harcourt slightly distracted, cameraman Ronnie Taylor (in white jumper) and an unknown colleague get ready to film a portion of the Luke/Threepio dialogue scene within the small but nicely set-decorated home of Obi-Wan Kenobi, in this rare behind the scenes image from STAR WARS filming at Elstree circa April/May 1976. Note Anthony Daniels not in his full golden costume for the close-up filming.
Prior to the revised filming drafts, Luke was to have used Threepio's on/off switch in this scene- an idea that was ultimately used for comic effect in The Empire Strikes Back. The idea also made it into Alan Dean Foster's 1976 film novelisation.
On this set, and with Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the historical seeds of the Prequel Trilogy, and the then evocatively sounding The Clone Wars, were sown.
EPISODE III 2004 movie trailer containing previously unused outtake footage of Guinness/Kenobi: Star Wars Revenge Of The Sith Teaser HD - YouTube
Thanks to Chris Baker for the image.