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Can you hear that distant rumbling in a galaxy far far away? That's the Star Wars Universe getting its Lucasfilm Approved Merchandise knickers in a twist about an apparently 'deleted' scene from 1983's Return Of The Jedi: is it real or fake? And whose cleft chin is that, exactly?

As we reported yesterday, attendees at the recent Star Wars Celebration V in Florida were treated to a screening of the brief scene during a Q&A with Mark Hamill (who played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy) and George Lucas. The clip, which shows Vader in a lift telepathically calling for Luke to turn to the dark side and then Luke in a Tatooine cave fixing up his new lightsaber, was wildly received by the fanboy community at large, with much whooping and frothing.

However, the worm has turned with many shouting 'Fake!' and accusing George Lucas of creating it just to hype up next year's Blu-ray release of all six Star Wars films. The cause of this is an interview with Hamill from Comic Con 2009, unearthed by GeeksOfDoom where the actor states "I never shot a scene like that."

Read more and watch the videos after the jump... Can you hear that distant rumbling in a galaxy far far away? That's the Star Wars Universe getting its Lucasfilm Approved Merchandise knickers in a twist about an apparently 'deleted' scene from 1983's Return Of The Jedi: is it real or fake? And whose cleft chin is that, exactly?

As we reported yesterday, attendees at the recent Star Wars Celebration V in Florida were treated to a screening of the brief scene during a Q&A with Mark Hamill (who played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy) and George Lucas. The clip, which shows Vader in a lift telepathically calling for Luke to turn to the dark side and then Luke in a Tatooine cave fixing up his new lightsaber, was wildly received by the fanboy community at large, with much whooping and frothing.

However, the worm has turned with many shouting 'Fake!' and accusing George Lucas of creating it just to hype up next year's Blu-ray release of all six Star Wars films. The cause of this is an interview with Hamill from Comic Con 2009, unearthed by GeeksOfDoom where the actor states "I never shot a scene like that."

The weird thing is he's changed his tune by the time he introduces the unseen uhhhh... scene, calling it "my original entrance" and complaining that "You can see my cleft chin sticking out of the hood, but the first thing that gets applause is my lightsaber." Huh?

So what do you think? Is it really from the original filming of Return Of The Jedi that somehow slipped to the back of the Lucasfilm archive cupboard or is it a prank at the expense of the fans, much like the prequels 1-3? And why is Uncle George looking so smug in that clip? Is it that he's thinking about how much more money he's going to make from the Blu-ray versions or because he's wielding his power once again by only releasing his beloved Special Editions?

Watch both videos below...

Mark Hamill and George Lucas introduce the lost scene:



Mark Hamill at 2009 Comic Con denying he shot the deleted scene: