Monday, 30 October 2017
'STAR WARS' AT 40: A JOYOUS RETURN!
Newly arrived at the hangar bay on Yavin IV, a joyous Luke Skywalker receives an equally joyous welcome from his Rebel comrades, including Princess Leia, a worried Threepio looking for the damaged Artoo, and the also returned Han Solo and Chewbacca. The sequence was filmed at Shepperton Studios, June 1976. A nice angle shot, presumably by John Jay, taken from the studio rafters above.
Welcoming the Princess and joyously hugging her, Mark Hamill's Luke does not, DOES NOT, ever shout our Carrie Fisher's name in this filmed scene. He says, fully in character, "There she... Hey!, Hey!", to both her and Harrison Ford as Han. This is the stuff of urban internet myth and understandably Mister Hamill has gotten annoyed and frustrated that people, years on, would think he would make such a serious error on set as a professional actor.
An interesting little scene in the revised Fourth Draft Shooting Script (April 1976), linked to Ben Kenobi's presence in the Force, was likely never shot, though it made it to both the comics adaptation and the Alan Dean Foster novel:
Scene 251: Luke makes a short glance up to the ceiling, almost expecting to see Ben there. A warm smile crosses his face.
Meanwhile, Artoo has been damaged: https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/classic-image-willing-donor.html
Note the Rebel pilot extras in this scene. In the film there were only three ships surviving with the Falcon- Luke's X-wing, another X-wing and a Y-wing, seen in space and returning home. Yet you can see three other pilots in this bit of filming- a continuity error for sure, or the fact that the surviving pilot numbers hadn't yet been confirmed at this point during production. Denis Lawson had not yet been cast as Wedge for this scene-filmed before the later cockpit shooting at Elstree in July, though a similar looking dark-haired person in appearance can be seen in the background smiling, near Chewbacca in the above shot.