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Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. Today’s Behind the Scenes Pics are in honor of Irvin Kershner.

Published at: Nov. 29, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic… or pics in this case! This is the second day in a row the evil movie gods have taken a geek icon from us and the second day in a row I’ve altered the course of the BTS column in order to pay tribute to a lost master. It saddened me to wake up and find Irvin Kershner had passed. I missed out on seeing him speak at UT a good 6 or 7 years ago and I always hoped I’d get another chance. From all I’ve heard, Kershner was full of good humor and just a sweet-heart of a guy. So, I’ve pulled together some of my remaining Empire Strikes Back Behind the Scenes pics, featuring Mr. Kershner, as my way of paying tribute to the man. Hope you guys enjoy the pics!









If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow I’ll bring up the cult movie pic I promised yesterday, barring another sudden, sad death of a geek icon. -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator
- Nosferatu (1979)
- Nosferatu (1922)
- War of the Worlds
- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Casablanca
- Sahara (1943)
- Pumpkinhead
- Back to the Future
- Inception
- MacBeth (1948)
- Superman
- Twilight Zone (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet)
- The Public Enemy
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Barbarella
- Ghostbusters II
- The Thin Man
- Faust
- Batman TV Show
- The Adventures of Superman
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- The Gold Rush
- Empire of the Sun
- Sunset Blvd.
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- The Seven Year Itch
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Dr. No
- Forbidden Planet


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  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    I'd kiss Vader

    by talk2megoose

    with my tongue

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    The carbon freezing room pic is fantastic

    by Jared

    RIP Mr. Kershner

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    That last pic should be the shot they use in

    by Cheif Brody

    the "In Memorium" segment of next year's Oscars. <p> Also... "Kissing Vadar"...Good band name. <p> RIP Irvin.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    No that's oddly enough supposed to be a battle

    by UltraTron

    droid who once fought in the clone wars. Seems pretty heavily modified to me considering he doesn't look remotely like a battle droid.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    UT=university of Tennessee?

    by krod

    Cool I don't remember him in knoxville

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    I also like the carbon freezing pic

    by HansBubi

    That pic and one of the other ones give a really pleasant vibe of being on set in scenes that required a lot of people.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Awesome pics!

    by bubcus

    Thanks Quint!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Great pics!

    by Zardoz

    Seems like a very nice man in the photos. Thanks for the memories!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Apparently, they filmed a shot where Carrie had to slap Billy De

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    and she kept hitting him REALLY hard, and he had to get Irv to jump in and referee so Carrie didn't hurt him...from the old "Making of ESB" book. Bet Irv loved shooting THAT scene... <p> In Carrie's defense, she was probably stoned off her ass at the time. <p> Anyhoo, nice pics. BTW, Irv looks a bit like Yoda...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    My Old High School English Teacher Knew Him

    by Crow3711

    He happens to be close friends with Ray Bradbury, and Bradbury, in turn, is good friends with Kershner. They had dinner together multiple times from what I understand. He posted a picture of the two of them together on facebook. Couldn't say enough nice things about him, how generous and sweet and funny he was. I'm proud enough to be "six degrees of seperation" from Mr Kersher through my teacher. I, like many, have been kinda bummed out about this all day. And so, I'm off to watch The Empire Strikes Back. Rest well Irvin.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Last shot is the best.

    by Fievel

    Thanks Quint.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    I sent around the kissy picture as well

    by chifforobe

    it's a great one

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Well done, Quint! I knew Kersh was 4-LOM!

    by vic twenty

    Thanks for the great pics. My Making of ESB book is on its way, a Christmas gift to myself I bought upon hearing of Kersh's death. I really love that film and the heart this director put into it.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by Yourbigpalal83

    So long man. Now the two directors who actually made good star wars films, are gone. Not to wish death on anyone, but idk if ill feel this sad when lucas goes. Why? Idk, then maby the star wars franchise can be put in capable hands once again. Note how all the good star wars films, even the tv series, is not directly in lucas's hands? and Dam eather Kershner was tiny in real life or darth vader has a huge fucking head!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    krod....well actually

    by marvelfett11

    I live in Knoxville and he did come here about 3 years ago to AdventureCon. I got to meet him and he was a true gentleman.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    UT = Texas as this site is based out of Asstin, TX.

    by vic twenty

    Despite that, I still enjoy it!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Luv Ya Irv!

    by drdoom_v

    You are sorely missed. You were our only chance of having 7 8 and 9 directed by someone who knew what they were doing! RIP to one of the greatest!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    THAT BOUNTY HUNTER PIC IS SO BOSS

    by Tigger Tales

    Irvin really knew how to surround himself with great company!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    He made the best "Star Wars" film.

    by Fah-Cue

    George should've let him make Jedi as well.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    THOSE STORM TROOPERS LOOK NOTHING LIKE TEMUERA

    by Tigger Tales

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    If he had done nothing else...

    by Carolinamaestro

    The Empire Strikes Back makes Irvin Kershner very special. Everything in that movies holds up better than all the other Star Wars films. What a great accomplishment. RIP Kersh... you've earned your peaceful sleep.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Lando's mug ... <P>... is pretty ugly! hahahahahahahaahahahahaha

    by Tigger Tales

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Don't ever try to direct a Wookie, kid.

    by ReportAbuse

    They can phone up their agent so fast it'll make your head spin. And when a wookie says he wants his cappucino extra hot, you better make sure it shows up extra hot.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I think he figured it out

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    by the end of the shoot. If I recall correctly, Carrie and Richard Dreyfuss ended up in the same rehab clinic.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Kissing Vader

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    That's an awesome shot! My five year old liked the one with the bounty hunters. Go figure. I always loved Boba Fett, et al when I was growing up.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    KERSH SHOULD'VE PLAYED DUMBLEDORE

    by BringingSexyBack

    He has that wizard look down pat.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Wow great pics

    by Rebel Scumb

    I'd never seen any of these before. IK really did seem like the a true gent, and all around great guy. His commentary for ESB was a lot of fun. I remember the part with R2 in the rain in dagobah looking in Yoda's window and he just starts shouting "tippy toes! tippy toes! I was obsessed with trying to get R2 to stand on his tippy toes, drove the prop guys mad and nobody thought it was essential but me!" or something like that, and he was completely right, its one of those little touches that just worked so well, like ever other inch of that movie. I wish Kershner and Nicholas Meyer could of colaborated on something, they seem like they'd have similar attitudes, and both made some of the best and most heartfelt scifi films of all time.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    THERE'S ONLY ONE IRVIN KERSHNER

    by BringingSexyBack

    For real, I checked Facebook and he's the only one. There are a lot of Kevin Kershners, though.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    the only Star Wars DVD commentary

    by sith_rising

    that was worth a shit. Lucas, Ben Burtt and Rick McCallum fucking suck. Kershner's TESB commentary was, like the film itself, the best.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Sexy

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    Is Facebook the one source for checking everyone's names? I'm not on there, but I also have the same name as a pro quarterback, so it really doesn't matter. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to steal his identity yet and cash some of those checks.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    It's IG-88

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    And people spelling Vader with two a's? Am I on aintitcool or some yahoo site for 12 year old girls? Anyway, it's not everyday that someone who directed a perfect movie passes away. Rest in peace Mr Kershner.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    MATHTEACHER

    by BringingSexyBack

    How can you not be on Facebook? Get in the game, man!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    A good laugh on a sad day

    by Screentext

    I just told my girlfriend that the director of the Empire Strikes Back died today. She looked at me, really confused and said: "Leslie Neilson directed the Empire Strikes Back?!"

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Lando's mug

    by Nem_Wan

    Works every time.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    That's IG-88, fucktards

    by pushthebuttonmax

    although I got a good laugh out of "R2-D2's penis"

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    IG-88 man!

    by MurderMostFowl

    Hell IG-88 is even in the newest "Star Wars" ABC's book I just got for my 4 year old daughter.<BR><BR> RIP Irven Kirshner, you're the only appropriate letter 'I' entry in the Star wars ABC book for me.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Star Wars is something special that will never happen again

    by DioxholsterImperium

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    IG-88

    by dukeroberts

    I got his 12 inch action figure for Christmas in 1980. Flippin' sweet!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Mmm... this fresh coffee works every time....

    by BigTwinkie

    Probably figured ol' Harrison was already bangin' the princess in the coat room between takes anyway.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Irvin Kershner, Gary Kurtz and Leigh Brackett

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    are the ones who truly elevated Star Wars to another level. After Ep. IV; the more Lucas put his hands on the franchise, the more it sucked. BTW... I'm going to have to go back and see if Robocop 2 is as good as I remember. Haven't seen it since it was in theaters.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    IG-88 is one cool robot

    by DioxholsterImperium

    he does his own thing. i remember trying to destroy the hell out of him in that 1996 game shadows of the empire.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    what is this facebook

    by DioxholsterImperium

    im not on it either. coz i aint a whore.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    "THIS TEA IS GETTING WORSE ALL THE TIME."

    by Tigger Tales

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Why B&W? Did Annie Leibovitz shoot these?

    by scallywagthedog

    RIP Mr.Kershner! (One thing I don't get with a lot of modern "BTS" pics is that they're in black and white. Color film has been around for over 100 years. I'm sure there's some f*ck'd up geeky reason for it but IMO it doesn't do justice in documenting the historic and often unseen sides of incredible works-in-progress.) Soapbox power: DE-ACTIVATE!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    RIP Sir.thank you for making the best SW movie ever.

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    IG-88

    by scallywagthedog

    His model type "Assassin droid" is seen in both incarnations of the animated "Clone Wars" series. In the "cartoon" (before ROTS) a squad of them on speeder bikes backed up the bounty hunter "Durge" in a fight against Obi-Wan and in the current CGI series, they've been seen alongside Cad Bane and attacking Anakin & Ashoka on board that scavenger ship while they searched for R2.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    The Vader kiss pic is a classic!!

    by ATARI

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    The last one is pure gold

    by moviemaniac-7

    And one of the best and most candid in this series so far. RIP.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST

    The Vader kiss pic is absolutely brilliant.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    What a terrible week for cinema greats. Neilsen and Kirshner were big parts of my growing up to be the geek I am. I never knew them, but I'll miss them.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    wishing lucas would die

    by jameskpolk

    Is a low, despicable thing to do 8n an obit. Why does every topic eventually come around to bashing on gl? Disrespectful to say the least. Sorry about these jerks kersh.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Very,Very cool.

    by SobchakSecurity

    My favorite is the one with Vader and The Bounty Hunters. Also, I know Leslie Nielsen has passed on, equally bummed about that, but there seems to have been more press coverage on him than Kershner. WTF?!?! Media People!!! Anyways, lots of props to you guys for giving more recognition than other outlets.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    I was 6 (almost 7), and 'Empire' was a religious experience.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    Sadly, it was all downhill from there. Jedi was dissasisfying, and the prequels just induced nausea. May The Force be with you, Irvin Kershner.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Robocop 2 wasnt that bad either

    by Seth Brundle

    i actually find it quite decent, thanks to kershner too

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Thanks Kirsh

    by disfigurehead

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Wow. These are fantastic!

    by Count3D

    Love the last one. Thank you so much for posting these, Quint. RIP Irvin Kershner.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:15 a.m. CST

    References to Prequels and Expanded Universe

    by ApneicMonkey

    do not exist in Kershner's Dojo. The Kenner figure from 1980 called him IG-88 and he didn't need some dumb 'Clone Wars' backstory to make him cool.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    We luv ya Kirsh... you're the Man

    by Flexfill

    Godspeed my friend. You made the best Star Wars film that will ever be. You are legend, now and always.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    magic...simply magic

    by mr

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Magic moments captured on photographs...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I wish I still could do some Q&A with Kershner about his ROBOCOP movie...<p>I tip my hat at you, sir!

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Great pics Quint.

    by Ecto-1

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:13 a.m. CST

    I'm going to have to respectfully disagree Credible Hulk

    by Righteous Brother

    Leigh Bracketts draft of TESB is truly dreadful. Worse than the prequels. Lawrence Kasdan was the man that made that script zing along with help from Kersh.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST

    I Still Remember When Empire Was New

    by Autodidact

    Well, newish. I have a strong memory of being in the 3rd grade and some idiot spoiling the end of Empire when I was just about to watch it on video at my birthday party that weekend. I can still see his stupid face!

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Truely

    by batmans_pants

    a winter of discontent. Very sad news. RIP.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST

    No Chewbacca, your line is "Graaaawrarrur" Get it right!

    by KongMonkey

    RIP

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 4 a.m. CST

    IG-88

    by IG_89

    IG-89: I'm just like IG-88 but with that extra something. Great pics, btw

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Kershner - the Anti-Lucas

    by GCH888

    Looks like a much more friendly and warm atmosphere at the TESB production than ANH. I mean ... would George have allowed such a great mug to be used by Lando or would he have insisted on a more appropriate copyrighted logo officially sanctioned cup be used? That mug is something my mum used in the 1970s ... which is just achingly cool.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    I wonder how the Lucas obituary talkback will be like

    by ricarleite2

    75% of praise (with 25% of it for American Graffitti and THX1138 specifically), 10% of respect but no praise, 15% of "good riddance!"

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 5:03 a.m. CST

    This is a much classier way to pay tribute

    by moorE12

    Rather than acting like some blowhard who was a personal friend of the man.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Imagine having Kershner as your grandpa

    by ricarleite2

    And having him by the fireplace, drinking cocoa and telling stories about ESB and Robocop 2.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    RIP Irvin

    by Baryonyx

    But surely Gary Kurtz should be getting a lot of credit for the way Empire turned out? After all, the films really turned to shite once he stopped being involved.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    What a day. Nielsen, Kershner, and Monicelli

    by ricarleite2

    Although I'm the only one who knew about Monicelli

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Gary Kurtz' post Star Wars career...

    by Righteous Brother

    speaks for itself.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Lando's cuppa

    by johnny_alpha

    I bet Lando is drinking pure funk out of that mug.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Lando enjoying some Colt 45

    by Red Diver

    Straight from his old school crunk cup.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Lando enjoying some Colt 45

    by Red Diver

    Straight from his old school crunk cup.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    I like Harrison's expression...

    by cameron1975willi

    ...you can tell he's thinking "Jesus Carrie, could you give it a rest with the sexual inuendos?! We get the irony that you're not really a Princess because you like coke and fucking too much!"

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Luminosity does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Luminous beings are we" when I heard Yoda say that I thought he meant 'all of us'. A lovely, deep sentiment about humanity and life.<p> Turns out in Prequel 3 he was only referring to that throwaway bollocks at the end of the film "Qui Gonn has invented a way to return from the dead he has! So now us three Jedi can go glowy! It's very complicated and I won't bother explaining it but just you wait till I die in movie 6 - you'll see - glow I will."<p> I preferred it Kersh's way best.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    IG-88 stick a metal skull on his head and you've got the T-800. Pimp that droid!

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Kirshner did come to Knoxville in 2007

    by ryderdvs

    for Adventure Con. Cool guy.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    My God!

    by BizarroJerry

    Someone show George Lucas these photos. Apparently, you actually CAN speak to your actors during filming!

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    The lines of Yoda in this movie are poetry

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Really. Every single line of Yoda in the trainning part of the movie is magical. The metaphors are sublime and the way he explains the Force it's just philosophical. I think it was the lack of this kind of writing that made the prequels so generic.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    B & W publicity photos

    by Sonny_Williams

    from this era were still the norm. Don't know why, except maybe tradition and the fact that most pros still preferred to shoot in B&W in those days.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Kershner looks like Nosferatu in that pic with Chewie

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Boba Fett doesn't fuck around

    by smackfu

    The robot and Vader both look kind of silly in that picture but Boba Fett still looks business. I bet he's got an epic mullet stuffed up in that helmet.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    @Sonny_Williams

    by TheSpaceHerpe

    It's cheaper and easier to shoot and print in B&W. There is also something about B&W that just makes things so much better. Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy you're an idiot.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    He made the deepest SW film

    by Shaner Jedi

    not just because of the philosophical explorations but also because of the subtle touches he brought to the characters. He took Lucas' archetypes and deepened them as living breathing characters. RIP Kersh.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    great pics

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    great man - RIP

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Those are pretty awesome. I love the pic of...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...Irvin giving direction to Chewbacca.<p> There should be a caption: "I'd be careful if I were you. Wookies don't like getting notes on their line delivery."

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I always wished IG-88 had been used more.

    by Royston Lodge

    He looks so fucking sinister in the bounty hunter briefing scene, even though he didn't move.<p> He'd probably look really shitty if he was shown in motion, of course. Sigh...

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Anakin never met Jango's son, right?

    by Royston Lodge

    Like, did he know Boba Fett was a clone of the Clone Army's progenitor?

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    The greatest...

    by I AM ROCKO

    ...movie ever made The Empire Strikes Back. Kersh- you are responsible for some of the greatest memories of my life. This film means so much to me and you were a big part of it. One thing I would like to mention that Kersh's visuals, use of light and shadow and effects and the performances inspired John Williams to also create one of the best soundtracks of all time. Imagain what Kersh could have done with Revenge of the Sith...RIP big guy. Legend.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Great photos.

    by moonlightdrive

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    A LONG TIME AGO...

    by RowKseat25

    When Lucas left Directing to Directors and writing to writers... and Special Effects were special. RIP Kersh, you gave us the best of what could've been a great saga.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Great pics, all of them, too bad it was due to Kersh's death

    by JT Kirk

    Man was a brilliant director on ESB, and his face in shots with actors just explains perfectly what differentiates him from Lucas' style.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Loving the Darth

    by AsimovLives

    I love the last picture. And was he a short guy, or the dudes who played the characters in the first photo, Vader and Bob Fett, were giants?

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    The 3rd phto, there's a Nosferatu quality about it

    by AsimovLives

    The dude who took the black and white photos of the production of the movie is a one hell of a photographer.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    by AsimovLives

    I though the same thing! Fancy that! Man, i'm loving everything you are posting. Keep it up, friend.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Ok then, so Vader really just doesn't give a fuck.

    by Royston Lodge

    Fair enough. He was a Sith after all.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    A note on IG-88's backstory...

    by Rendell

    Theres a short story about him in the Tales of the Bounty Hunters anthology which I'd recommend if you're interested. Quite chilling and will make you look at the finale of ROTJ in a whole new way...<p><p><p>Of course, your mileage may vary.