Tuesday, 15 July 2014
CLASSIC IMAGE: HAPPY REUNION!
General Willard shows his affection at seeing the alive and well Princess Leia Organa returned to the fold of the Rebel Alliance, in one of the few stills so far released showing the character (taken during a filming break), as played by popular Irish actor Eddie Byrne, from the original STAR WARS.
At the recent London Film and Comic Con event (July 2014), AFICIONADO contributor Ian Trussler asked STAR WARS first producer Gary Kurtz about Byrne's major screen credit, for what was such a minor role: "Kurtz responded that, in the first cut of the movie, he had a much larger part which, through various editing, got cut down to almost nothing. Also, the screen credit thing in those days was a bit of a lottery and often alphabetical order came into it after the principles had been credited. Hence Byrne got a fairly prominent credit based against actual screen time."
Cheers for the info, Ian!
Additional note: In the film's 1977 post production process, Byrne's voice/dialogue would be dubbed by US actor Michael Bell.