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If there's one thing we love here at Cinematical, it's Star Wars. When it comes to Lucas' original trilogy, we can't get enough. With that in mind, we bring you another cool piece of Star Wars history, a 1980 Today interview featuring Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford talking about The Empire Strikes Back just prior to it appearing in theaters. This is no ordinary chat though -- we learn a lot of interesting things in this short clip. Allow me to share some of the highlights.
The most prominent thing is Ford and Hamill mentioning the prequels. If you're one of those cynics who thinks Lucas only came up with the prequels as cash grab in the 1990's, here's proof that you're wrong. The actors even mention how they wouldn't be in those films because they'd be dealing with a young Obi-Wan and the like. So, Lucas was thinking about those films -- for better or worse -- even way back then.
It's interesting how the background image in the interview is from one of Empire's biggest scenes and could be considered a spoiler, but since there was no Internet in every home, no one complained. Imagine that shot turning up today -- the 'net would explode with nerd-rage.
Hit the jump for more '80s flashbacks.
If the fashions didn't give it away, you could tell this was an old clip just from the fact that Jane Pauley mentions movie tickets were five bucks. Ah, the good old days ... the only way this would sting more is if she mentioned the "outrageous" gas prices that were still under a buck a gallon ... Speaking of Jane, it's pretty clear she's not a Star Wars fangirl -- she seems essentially lost in the interview (which makes it incredibly awkward viewing), and is shown in countless shots messing around with ear piece. Clearly, technology wasn't so great back in the 1980's. Poor Jane looks like she's digging for potatoes every time they cut to her.
What other fascinating little tidbits are in the clip? I'll leave that for you to discover on your own. Check it out below and see for yourself.