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Amazing Behind-The-Scenes Photos From The Original Star Wars Trilogy

Star Wars series is one of the most successful and influential franchises in motion picture history. It was made with special effects and developed into an enormously lucrative merchandising industry. The first movie “Star Wars” was released in 1977 after four years of production with a total budget of $9.5 million. It earned $100 million by the end of the summer and won six Academy Awards.

The second film ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ was released in 1980. And after three years the third sequel ‘Return of the Jedi‘ was released. Thousands of actors were assessed in the search for the trilogy’s main cast. The series continued to make remarkable advancements in the field of special effects into the 21st century.

Here’s a list of behind-the-scenes photos from the original Star Wars trilogy in which you get to see how the magic happens. It’s truly remarkable to see these photos of them enjoying a break from the characters they play. Vote your favorites and don’t forget to share.

#1 Carrie Fisher poses with a Gamorrean guard, one of Jabba the Hutt’s lackeys, on the set of Return Of The Jedi.

#2 Rather than hire thousands of extras, Star Wars utilized matte paintings that create an illusion of a real environment.

#3 The suit used for C-3PO was notoriously clunky, which made movement and communication incredibly difficult for actor Anthony Daniels. Here, Harrison Ford helps up his immobile colleague.

#4 “Excuse me Mr. Lucas, that was my turkey club.”

#6 Kenny Baker enjoys a sandwich while still in costume as R2D2.

#7 We’re pretty sure this scene didn’t make the cut.

#8 Carrie Fisher takes a break from all that running around.

#9 A young Warwick Davis bewitches Carrie Fisher on the set of Return Of The Jedi.

#10 Filming the title sequence for The Empire Strikes Back.

#12 Carrie Fisher hides behind Warwick Davis, who played the ewok Wicket W. Warrick in Return Of The Jedi.

#13 At least we have proof that Carrie Fisher shot first.

#15 Kenny Baker, a 3 foot 8 inch actor, played R2D2 throughout the original Star Wars trilogy.

#16 George Lucas stands among the many miniature creations of the Star Wars universe.

#17 Behind the scenes of the iconic “I am your father” scene from The Empire Strikes Back.

#18 Cast members celebrate Alec Guinness’ birthday on the Tunisian set of A New Hope.

#19 The actors inside the R2D2 and C-3PO costumes—Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels—actually ended up as enemies in real life.

The actors inside the R2D2 and C-3PO costumes—Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels—actually ended up as enemies in real life.

Baker said of Daniels in 2009, "He looked down his nose at me like I was a piece of shit."

#20 Actor Anthony Daniels came to resent his role as C-3PO, telling People magazine in 1983 that he “would have liked to smash the costume up with a sledgehammer.”

#21 Inspired by Paraceratherium, the largest land mammal in history, AT-ATs were filmed using stop-motion animation that produced their mechanical gait.

#22 Despite freezing temperatures during filming in Norway, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill enjoy a laugh.

#23 Prior to joining the cast of Star Wars, Alec Guinness was a renowned theater actor.

Prior to joining the cast of Star Wars, Alec Guinness was a renowned theater actor.

Though he referred to the script as "fairy tale rubbish," he would go on to call A New Hope a "staggering spectacle" after his first viewing of the film.

#24 Although Dagobah appears to be an Amazonian landscape, these scenes were captured entirely in a London studio.Although Dagobah appears to be an Amazonian landscape, these scenes were captured entirely in a London studio.

#25 The actors behind Chewbacca and R2D2 take a break onset.

#26 Carrie Fisher and her body double get some sun in between shots.

#27 At 12 years old, Warwick Davis was the youngest cast member for Return Of The Jedi, where he played the Ewok Wicket.

#28 Luke Skywalker’s epic fall was, in reality, broken by a pile of mattresses.

#29 The Millennium Falcon, looking slightly less high-tech than usual.

#30 Princess Leia fails to take her captors seriously.

#31 Carrie Fisher enjoys a nap during filming of The Empire Strikes Back.

#33 A costume designer puts the finishing touches on Darth Vader’s outfit.

#34 Extras from A New Hope’s Mos Eisley Cantina scene pose for a photograph.

#35 A behind the scenes look at one of Return Of The Jedi’s climactic battles.

#36 Mark Hamill endures a less than comfortable position while filming the scene in which he is held captive by a Wampa, during the opening scenes of The Empire Strikes Back.

#37 A classic walk’n’talk shot, decades before The West Wing made it a cliche.

#38 Boba Fett, looking slightly less threatening without the helmet.

#39 Director Irvin Kershner poses with some of the bad guys from The Empire Strikes Back.

#41 Princess Leia’s gold bikini became a nerd fantasy staple following its appearance in Return Of The Jedi.

#42 An unoccupied shot of the carbonite freezing machine.

#43 George Lucas gives some direction to Anthony Daniels.

#44 George Lucas has a quick pow wow with his stars between takes on The Empire Strikes Back.

#45 Harrison Ford, taking a break from trying to fix that pesky hyperdrive.

#46 Behind the scenes of Luke’s first meeting with the droids.

#47 Anthony Daniels struggles to not be cooked in his suit by the unforgiving sun.

#48 Princess Leia, delighted to be rescued from the exploding sail barge.

#50 Another revealing shot of Luke and Vader’s epic battle in The Empire Strikes Back.

#52 Yoda and Mark Hamill get a visit from the Muppets while shooting The Empire Strikes Back.

#53 The main cast of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope pose for a photo in the Millennium Falcon.

#54 George Lucas reviews Ewoks before Return Of The Jedi.

#58 George Lucas poses for a picture with R2D2 during filming of A New Hope.

#59 Chewbacca gets his hair brushed before filming of The Empire Strikes Back.

#61 Years later, this scene in which Han most definitely shot first would be subject to the most controversial re-edit in movie history. #49

#62 A Bantha during filming of the original Star Wars. Instead of creating a CGI bantha, an elephant was dressed in a costume of fur and fake horns.

#63 Kenny Baker enjoys a sandwich while still in costume.

#64 A set manager meticulously plans a scene with AT-ATs for Return Of The Jedi.

A set manager meticulously plans a scene with AT-ATs for Return Of The Jedi.

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Former Bouquet seller now making a go with blogging and graphic designing. I love creating & composing history articles and lists.

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