Why are there photos of Luke with a bandage on his face from The Empire Strikes Back?

Jan 14, 2021
Lawrence Kasdan on the set of Empire with Hamill
Face... off!

Why is there a picture of Luke Skywalker a bandage on his face from The Empire Strikes Back?

We came across this cool picture on Star Wars' Instagram page.

It’s Lawrence Kasdan, the writer of Empire and Jedi (and The Force Awakens and Solo) inspecting the bandage material on Mark Hamill’s face.

This is from the scene at the end of Empire where Luke is recovering from his assault by Darth Vader.

The images of Hamill being covered in bandages were eventually not included in the final version of Empire.

As an aside, it has been suggested this bandage scene was designed to accommodate Mark Hamill's face being re-arranged following a car accident however, that myth has been busted.

And anyway if it were true, you would need to explain the change at the start of the movie, not the end (queue the Wampa attack rumours....). 

The scene was originally intended to allow and Leia have an intimate conversation that leads them toward a kiss but before they are able to do so, R2-D2 and C-3PO enter.

But what kind of kiss?

A loving one leading to a budding romance or two friends who’ve been through some trauma hugging it out?

Obviously, that could have muddled things up with the whole Leia loves Han thing so it makes sense the scene was edited in the way it was released – original script ideas did, however, have a great love triangle between the three main players.

Indeed, the second draft of Empire had lines like Vader addressing Luke in this manner “You're in love with Leia. You don't want to lose her to Han Solo... But you will, if you lack the courage to use the strength that's in you. A strength as great as mine, Luke”.

Go figure but remember, “I know” ultimately became one of Star Wars’ best ever lines.

1 comment:

  1. The photo of this deleted scene shows Luke recovering from the wampa attack on Hoth at the rebel base, not the Vader fight. After Vader, Luke gets medical attention on the medical frigate in space. Different set. Different scene.


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