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The Story Behind The Empire Strikes Back | 6. To Make The Villain The Hero's Father And Leave The Best Character In Carbon Freeze
6. To Make The Villain The Hero's Father And Leave The Best Character In Carbon Freeze

It was in Lucas’ handwritten second draft of the Empire screenplay that the Vader is Luke’s father revelation makes its first appearance. Lucas felt the importance of keeping the twist secret so keenly that he left it out of the typed up version, the draft that got sent to Fox head honcho Alan Ladd Jr. “They knew that was one thing that, if it got out, would ruin the theatre going experience for most people,” says Rinzler. “He was also worried about Luke having his hand cut off. He consulted psychologists. He was taking a big risk because he knew it would take 3 years for people to find out if Darth Vader was lying.” It was also equally brave to have Han Solo frozen in carbonite at the end - but this decision had more pragmatic origins. “I think that does have something to do with Harrison Ford not committing to two more films. George is not going to let himself get negotiated into a corner. And Mark Hamill was pretty aware of that as well.”

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