CATEGORIES Movie NewsIf you enjoyed our Billy Dee Williams/Harrison Ford photo from earlier this week, then you're going to love this. The Official Star Wars Blog recently posted a press video from 1980, which features rare interviews with the cast and crew of 'Empire Strikes Back.' Some of the highlights include Harrison Ford discussing the possibility of 'Star Wars' sequels (Episodes 7, 8, and 9); director Irvin Kershner defending what was then considered 'Empire''s controversial cliffhanger ending; and David Prowse, who played Darth Vader, not knowing about the end of the movie since George Lucas purposefully gave him a fake script (Mark Hamill was the only cast member who knew what was going to happen).
For your convenience, enjoy some of the best quotes below (although, if you're a 'Star Wars' fanatic, the whole thing is definitely worth watching).
Mark Hamill on his infant son
"Everyone was eyeing him very conspicuously, because when they go back and do the stories that were 20 years earlier, in [Episode 3] ... there's an 8-year-old Luke running around and playing in the background, and I said, 'Wait a minute, one actor in the family is enough for me.'"
David Prowse on finding out Darth Vader was Luke's father
"It surprised me, actually, because I didn't know anything about it until I was set in the cinema last Saturday ... I practically collapsed in the seat."
Harrison Ford on the difficulty actor Anthony Daniels faced while playing C3PO
"You have no idea the torture [he] endured to play that part ... It took so long to put him in the costume and it took so long to get him out of it."
Harrison Ford on the potential 'Star Wars' sequels
"The story we're engaged in now really concludes itself in the next film, and then George moves on with the same milieu but different characters ... Our characters more or less conclude their story in ['Return of the Jedi']."
Billy Dee Williams on audiences thinking he's the "token black guy"
"I don't think about those things really...I was very pleased to be invited as part of the 'Star Wars' cast."
Irvin Kershner on the "controversial" ending
"This was the ending. [It] may jar [audiences] only because when they saw 'Star Wars' ... there was a triumphant ending."
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