Thursday, 6 June 2013
BEHIND THE SCENES: THE SEARCH FOR HEROES...
Mark Hamill delivers his tongue twister dialogue as Luke Skywalker to a weary Harrison Ford as Han Solo, during one of the numerous 1975 screentests done in the US for the upcoming THE STAR WARS. Also testing for Leia was later BERLIN singer Terri Nunn, who, if she had played the role instead of the feisty Carrie Fisher, would probably have brought a quirkier charm to the role. Right now, with the upcoming EPISODE VII, new casting for new heroes and villains within the STAR WARS universe is underway, so this early and interesting footage (taped by Ben Burtt in one of his many early duties beyond sound design), is as relevant and enjoyable as ever...
Longer Mark Hamill Star Wars Audition - YouTube
Terri Nunn's Star Wars Audition.avi - YouTube
Intriguingly, as of 2018, no tapes have ever been released from the Lucasfilm archives of the test footage supposedly shot of Hamill, Fisher and Ford together (footage that Carrie Fisher confirmed in a 1997 interview to EMPIRE film magazine). However, when this was test footage was shot is unknown, as Hamill was cast very late in the day-only a short time before filming began in Tunisia in 1976.
Presumably, if trio footage was shot of Ford, Fisher and Hamill, then tape must exist of the other trio hopefuls together that were Will Selzer, Christopher Walken and Terri Nunn...
2013 ADD ON: Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz: 'Doing open auditions makes sense' | Film | theguardian.com
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2015 ADD ON: Tina Fey and Kurt Russell reenact a scene from Star Wars | EW.com
Mark Hamill's Audition for Star Wars - from BAFTA LA's Behind Closed Doors with Chris Hardwick - YouTube
2016 ADD ON: The Secret History Of Star Wars, Feature | Movies - Empire