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Thursday, 9 September 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: ESCAPE LEAP!


"All too easy.."

Darth Vader's preconceptions about Luke's lack of training in the Force are briefly challenged when the boy manages to Force leap out of the carbon freeze pit as it activates, a shot achieved by using a puppet filmed at ILM.

Dave Prowse is listed on call sheets as playing Vader (presumably for the non action part of the scene where Luke falls into the carbon pit) on the 29th June, 1979.

Vader Force-activates the carbon freeze mechanism but Luke escapes just in time!

An unused action idea from Ivor Beddoes as Vader strikes out and cuts varying pipes to injure and capture Luke.


The model as displayed for a Propstore Auction a few years back.


As used in the finished film.


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