Written by Richie Pepio
During the 124 days before the release of The Last Jedi, I’m reviewing all 124 minutes of the theatrical version of
The Empire Strikes Back. Join me and together we will watch Star Wars…
Mark Hamill made a point of doing many of his own stunts in Empire and the result was a much more physically and emotionally demanding experience than that of his costars. The plus side is, Luke gets a highly fleshed out and dramatic portrayal on screen. For moments like this - where Luke catches his breath after being thrown out of a weather vane/shaft/window/pointless Sci-Fi headquarters - probably didn't require much acting. Yet, for all the stunts he completed, Hamill abstained from the backflip-out-the-window shot. According to the actor in a 1983 interview with Prevue magazine (and posted on StarWarz.com):
"Actually, my double did one stunt in EMPIRE – the flip out the Cloud City window through the shattered glass. He did a running jump and a flip in the air that was tremendous, but I think it was cut so that you couldn’t see the flip. Peter Diamond, the stuntman, told me that he thought I could do it, but the insurance company wouldn’t let me.
I was amazed that the sequence where I fall through the innards of the carbon freezing chamber was cut so much. My favorite scene was also missing, where I jumped off a ledge. The action required me to make a six-foot leap, and land on a small platform below. Of course, there were boxes and mattresses and stuntmen with their arms outstretched in case I blew it. I jumped out toward the camera – it was clearly me – grabbed onto a bar about waist level, stiff-armed it, and rotated 360 degrees, then dropped past the camera onto the mattresses – a real piece of Errol Flynn-type derring-do. The stunt got applause on the set, but it’s not in the movie. The scene was condensed to emphasize the massive size of the carbon freezing chamber, and to shorten the film."
What stunts do the other actors do in this movie? They flinch at, get sprayed with, and dance around sparks. Big deal.
The gang outruns a bunch of timid stormtroopers in a city with tighter quarters than the Death Star. You'd think this would be a piece of cake for them to handle, but apparently they don't know the city like Lando, the lovable Trump of Bespin. If I remember correctly, there's a deleted scene in which the crew gets stuck on this elevator as the Imperial forces try to summon our heroes back to their floor. Sadly, I probably don't remember correctly because I can't find a reference to this among the many online lists of Empire's deleted scenes.
We'll just have to imagine it's like that great elevator scene from the prequels...
Wait, not that scene (but thanks for the details, Apprentice Facts). No, I mean, that much better scene from Revenge of the Sith...
Crap, my memory is terrible. I mean the one from Wrath of Khan - the only good elevator scene in space
But enough about elevators oozing with sexual tension (and yes, ALL of those elevators oozed, OOZED I TELL YOU) - because we're going to transition to the smooth sounds of Lando warning Cloud City of its Imperial takeover. Life would be so much easier Billy Dee warned every city of the latest terror alert level or an impending tornado or that the A C E lines are running express between 34th Street and Jay Street Metrotech. All would be right with the world. There wouldn't be mass panic...
Lobot wouldn't be captured in this deleted scene...
And this guy wouldn't be forced to flee with his prized Cuisinart...
By the way, this guy's name is Willrow Hood and, yes, he has a backstory.
Best Performance by a Human: Lando sneaking around like a cat.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Lobot sneaking around like a robot-cat and then getting captured (but being so sneaky about it that he doesn't appear in the finished film).
Best Line: Lando giving the shortest and most straightforward public service announcement given by any administrative official ever - "Attention, this is Lando Calrissian. The Empire's taken control of the city and I advise everyone to leave before more Imperial troops arrive."
Rating: 3.7 out of 4 years after the Battle of Yavin, when Willrow Hood "was occasionally seen at the Paradise Atrium, an upper-class lounge owned by Voras the Hutt, leader of the criminal Ivax Syndicate," according to Wookieepedia.com.
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