• Mattie Stu

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Empire Strikes Back (Probably)

George Lucas chose the white canvas of Hoth for the opening battle so to challenge his visual effects crew, as it was harder to hide mistakes.

During the first take of Vader's arrival at echo base, leading stormtroopers and David Prowse all fell to the ground, after a stuntman stepped on and tore the Dark Lord's cape.

Alec Guinness only agreed to appear in Episode V late into filming. Thus, all of his scenes were shot in one day.

To achieve the effect of telekinesis, footage of Mark Hamill throwing Luke Skywalker's lightsaber into the snow was reversed.

Visual effects cameraman Ken Ralston's love for classic cartoons inspired many of the driving camera movements in the asteroid field chase.

So strong was the lighting for the space scenes containing special effects that several models melted.

Originally, Lando “Kadar” was either going to be a survivor of the Clone Wars who leads his own militia, or a descendant of a family who reproduced by cloning.

Darth Vader's sarcastic invitation to dinner on Cloud City is the only time he and Han Solo ever directly communicate with one another in the movies.

Likewise, the carbon freezing chamber scene is the only time in the original trilogy where Darth Vader and C-3PO share the screen together.

And, last but not least...

Except from the Cloud City “escape”, Mark Hamill performed all of his own stunts.

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