'Empire Strikes Back' deleted scene
Hoth. Where the weather is cold and the emotions run hot.
Especially those of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and her ever scruffy paramour, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). At the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back, their hormones practically ricochet through the corridors of the Rebel Alliance’s ice planet hideout–abetted by “nerf-herder” name-calling, one unwittingly incestuous kiss, and even a threatened Wookiee make-out session. But “I’d just as soon kiss a Wookiee”/”I can arrange that… You could use a good kiss!” wasn’t the original parting-shot in Han and Leia’s Echo Base lovers’ quarrel. In an early cut of the film, their squabble lasted much longer, and while that never-before-glimpsed deleted scene will be included on the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray (out Sept. 16), EW’s got it for you first. Check out the clip below:
Is it just me, or is this a lot more sexually charged than what made the final cut? I half expected Urge Overkill to accompany Han’s line, “You’ve been so busy being a princess, you haven’t learned how to be a woman. I could have helped you.”
And poor Han. If Leia’s not likening him to a nerf-herder, she says he has “the breeding of a bantha.” Wait… Jabba the Hutt later calls Han Solo “bantha fodder” (poodoo in the original Huttese) in Return of the Jedi. Must now spend hours ruminating on a narrative and thematic connection between Princess Leia and Jabba the Hutt that does not involve a metal bikini.
Star Wars fanatics, would this have given a more adult edge to the Han/Leia relationship? Should it have stayed in the final cut?