As with almost all movies, the final cut of each episode of the first Star Wars trilogy left behind a large number of deleted scenes. On this occasion, we share the reasons why this happened, we tell you what were some of the situations that did not make the final cut, and we also delve into the modifications that George Lucas made over the years.
Star Wars: some of the many deleted scenes
It is difficult to precisely define the reasons why scenes that are already filmed end up being left out of what is called the final cut, which is the version that reaches theaters and, now, also on streaming platforms.
The director may have had his doubts about where certain sub-stories would go. It is also possible that, once the shooting was over and in the editing stage, he was not completely convinced about the quality of the scenes, or even the acting performances.
Also, it usually happens that for reasons of time (the film ends up being longer than expected), those responsible find themselves in the need to “cut” it.
Be that as it may, the truth is that in Star Wars this is clearly observed and, if the focus is placed on the first trilogy of the saga created by George Lucas, it can be verified that each of the episodes (A new hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) have their deleted scenes.
There is one of what is now Episode V that, if it had remained in the final edition, would have deepened the controversy of the incestuous kiss between Luke and Leia Skywalker. Also from this were cut scenes showing Darth Vader’s son training alongside Yoda on Dagobah.
As for the last installment of the first trilogy, one of the scenes that did not reach the screens of the whole world is the one that showed how Luke built his own lightsaber.
Star Wars: the controversy of Han Solo and the replacement of Anakin Skywalker
It is possible that many of those who are new to the Star Wars Universe, seeing, for example, the versions that are available on Disney +, are unaware that the original films were considerably different, especially visually. This is explained by the fact that, even though the saga was revolutionary at the time in terms of special effects, then the technology that was developed later did not exist.
For this reason, Lucas was in charge of modifying and improving them, adapting them to what he originally had in mind. One of the changes he made was, spoiler alert, putting the hologram of Anakin Skywalker (played by Hayden Christensen) at the end of Return of the Jedi.
However, one of the most curious modifications and that generated the most debates was that of the scene that Greedo and Han Solo star in Episode IV. In this regard, it is clear that this decision was not for technical reasons, but rather argumentative.
In the original version, Han Solo shot Greedo first. In the updated edition that was launched in 1997, it was the latter who took the initiative. As if that were not enough, years later a new edition could be seen in which both pulled the trigger simultaneously, although only the shot by Harrison Ford’s character hit the target.
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