posted on Dec, 17 2019 @ 08:33 PM
I suppose it's not something younger folks would think about but in '77 Star Wars wasn't a cultural phenomenon, providing the Internet something to
argue about endlessly. Mainly because prior to '77 there was no Star Wars and there was no Internet.
When Lucas made that movie he was doing so with the great worry that it would flop and that his career would be over before it really even got
started. He had American Graffiti under his belt, a movie that was something of a hit - but a failure with Star Wars could easily have tanked him.
Alec Guinness was an aging actor, in his sixties and past his prime, doing a movie he infamously
for the paycheck - only agreeing to
do so after the studio doubled his salary offer.
The Vader costume worn by David Prowse was incredibly restrictive to sight, mobility, breathing and controlling ones body temperature.
Digital special effects hardly existed at the time and the industry still relied mostly upon miniatures and stop motion for such scenes.
So mix an elderly guy who wasn't interested with a guy who could barely move, breathe or see into a scene in a movie that nobody had any reason to
believe would be remembered a year later and that didn't have the option of using special effects to spice things up and, well, with those
considerations the scene we got, for all it's flaws, was probably much better than how it could have gone.
Also - Now that Disney is about to release the final Skywalker movie in a few days, and Disney is one of the greediest entities on Earth? I suppose
the good news is that we'll probably get a complete redo of A New Hope, complete with an improved Death Star battle scene before too long. You know...
"Good news" in a "Oh God no" sort of way.