Thursday, October 14, 2010

May The Force Be With You

Star Wars meant a great deal for not only sci-fi junkies but for the curious and open mind of a mass audience. Of the original trilogy, many fans of the Star Wars saga point out their cult favorite to be Episode V, "The Empire Strikes Back" as capturing the true spirit of the franchise. A new coffee table book aptly entitled, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is now available and Vanity Fair had a dibs on selection of images below.

What has become an iconic photograph of Hamill, George Lucas, Fisher, and Ford (in the background are chief hairdresser Barbara Ritchie; Michael J. Duthie, an editor who happened to be visiting the set that day; and assistant to director Debbie Shaw, daughter of actor Robert Shaw).

When Darth Vader (David Prowse) revealed his secret to Luke, Hamill was hanging onto a pinnacle above mattresses placed on cardboard boxes about 30 feet off the ground.

Peter Mayhew, as Chewbacca, with Fisher.

The Boba Fett costume was built by several crew members and painted by Joe Johnston. “I painted Boba Fett’s outfit and tried to make it look like it was made of different pieces of armor,” says Johnston. “It was a symmetrical design, but I painted it in such a way that it looked like he had scavenged parts and done some personalizing of his costume; he had little trophies hanging from his belt, little braids of hair, almost like a collection of scalps.”

Source: Vanity Fair

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