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Friday, 7 February 2014

DELETED SCENE: HAN AND THE LIFTERS!

Image: via STAR WARS ARCHIVES website.

On the breathtaking Rebel Base hangar set built on the then recently opened STAR WARS STAGE at Elstree, circa Summer 1979, Irvin Kershner directs Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher by the Millennium Falcon, for a brief visual comedy moment/gag linked to the ship's in-repair lifters, which subsequently stall, watched by a less than impressed and smirking Princess-a further dig at lover to be Han Solo. This scene, which showed the one and only time that production Designer Norman Reynold's specially built prop could move, was an early casualty of scene rearranging in the editing room, and was later replaced by a Second Unit moment directed by George Lucas, showing the back to health Luke talking/saying goodbye to a Medical Droid.

The deleted scene in question.

The scene appears on page 48 of the Warner Brothers 1997 printed edition of Donald F. Glut's movie adaptation, and, in the books structure, was originally to have taken place after Leia has addressed the Rebel pilots on the evacuation.

2 comments:

Jamie said...

There are a few cut aways of the lifters working in Building Empire too.

aficionadofan said...

Thank you for the extra info, keeper of the STAR WARS documentary flame!