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R.I.P. Irvin Kershner


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

Responses to "R.I.P. Irvin Kershner"

Name: Mark says:

If you read the link, it’s not only possible he was kidding, it’s absolutely 100% definite he was kidding. He was giving an award to the publicist who worked on Empire Strikes Back, and he joked about how the only reason people think the movie was good is because the publicist did such a good job, Obviously he doesn’t think the publicist has magic powers that can convince people to like sucky movies, he was making a joke.