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Star Wars Saturday: Rough Cut Shows Han Solo Wasn’t Solo

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This isn’t exactly newly found footage since it appeared as a special feature on the now inaccurately named Star Wars: The Complete Saga blu-rays, but this rough cut of A New Hope‘s Cantina Scene has recently popped up again on the internet’s radar and found its way to my computer screen. From a film-enthusiast’s perspective, seeing a rough cut of such a famous scene is intriguing. Of note are the original sound levels, where the sound is absent, and the feeling of being on set with the ambient sound. Imagining the film in black and white is also an odd fit.

But then you see that the original shoot gave Han a “sweetheart” with whom he sucks face before shoving her off to conduct his business. Now why didn’t George Lucas bring her back with the special edition like he did Jabba?

I’m kidding, that’s obvious. Han looks like a lech in this introductory scene, and Lucas has been attempting to hero-ize Han since the beginning. Plus, hey, that would sort of ruin the set-up for the romance with Leia.

Fans call her Jenny after the actress who played her. I, for one, am glad Jenny was left on the editing room floor.

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Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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