A cut scene featuring Princess Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin, as well as an F-bomb blooper from Star Wars: A New Hope were revealed at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando over the weekend. The convention was filled with many surprises, starting with George Lucas’ unscheduled appearance at the 40th Anniversary panel Thursday. And while the likes of Lucas, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford shared memories of the film saga at the panel – and Lucas and Billie Lourd paid tribute to Carrie Fisher – a panel hosted by ILM Chief Creative Officer John Knoll showed a pair of previous unseen clips from the first Star Wars film, later in the day.
Knoll showed a clip of a longer exchange between Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Tarkin (Peter Cushing) before he orders the Death Star to blast Alderaan. The most notable line from the cut scene that didn’t make the movie was when Leia utters, “And you call yourselves human.”
The other clip, however, got a bigger response because it featured the character Gold Leader (Angus MacInnes) saying a word not heard before in the Star Wars universe: the F-bomb. During the filming of the bombing run on the Death Star, MacInnes is seen in the cockpit of an X-wing fighter and delivering his dialogue before he drops the missile, after flubbing his lines. In a YouTube clip from the panel by The Cinema Realm (see below), the audience can be heard bursting out in laughter.
Of course, cut scenes and bloopers are not uncommon to any film, much less movies in the Star Wars universe. Still, there’s something very nostalgic about the clips that Knoll showed that make them so unique. Any previously-unseen footage of Fisher is bound to gauge an emotional response, as fans to continue to mourn her loss after her untimely passing in December, so the reveal no doubt meant a lot to fans.
As for the F-bomb blooper, it was especially rare given the fact that the original Star Wars trilogy – as well as first two films in the prequel trilogy – were all PG films before Revenge of the Sith broke the mold and was rated PG-13 (due to the film’s violence and intense imagery). Granted, the F-word wasn’t part of the actually dialogue in A New Hope – just a word uttered by many actors when the goof up their lines – but it’s funny to hear in the context of Star Wars footage nonetheless. One has to wonder how many more cursing clips from Star Wars films are out there, because Knoll has officially confirmed that yes, there is indeed swearing, too, in that galaxy far, far away.
Sources: The Cinema Realm