I was sad to hear this morning that film director Irvin Kershner passed away. He was the director of “The Empire Strikes Back,” my favorite “Star Wars” movie. I had a chance to hear him talk about making the movie at the Monterey Film Festival a couple years ago, where he shared these interesting points:
- Most of “Empire Strikes Back” was voiced over after the film was edited because there was too much noise on the set to hear the actors.
- On the pivotal “I am your father” scene, Kershner tricked the cast. He said only actor Mark Hamill knew Darth Vader was Luke’s father on set. The other actors and crew heard fake lines.
I always like that he considered the “Star Wars” story a fairytale. He gave us one of the greatest movies. I’m glad his work lives on.
Photo: Courtesy of Lucasfilm/MCT