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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pics!

This particular Empire Strikes Back behind the scenes photo has a curious history. It was obtained… in a “unique” fashion by enterprising Star Wars fans in the weeks leading up to the release of The Empire Strikes Back.

I won’t get into the nitty gritty, but I will say it’s a good thing they didn’t run into a Dianoga. Star Wars fans should know what I’m talking about..

I’d have to comb through the massive Making of Empire book again, but I don’t think I’ve seen this shot before. In it we see Master Lucas checking in on a massive Star Destroyer model that I wish was hanging from my ceiling because I’m nerdy like that.!

Thanks to the Bothan spies who died bringing us this picture. Click to embiggen!



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  • June 28, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by Spaderific

  • June 28, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Whoa, George! Didn't mama warn you not to stick it in the tailpipe?


    You've got a little warp on the helmet there ...

  • June 28, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Yes, first!

    by Spaderific

    Gotta say it looks like George is either preparing to hump the Star Destroyer OR he's using it as a penis substitute.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Very Cool!

    by TheDrow

    It still doesn't get better than this.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    George also owns a bottle of dick cream.


    And he fondles sweaters.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    That is how things should have been!

    by Professor_Bedlam

    I wish he would have kept more to the Original concepts in the prequels. They would have had more soul and feeling in them if he did!

  • June 28, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Man, what happened to Lucas?


    He used to have such a hardon for practical effects.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Before he raped childhoods ...


    ... he assaulted props.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Empire is pure movie bliss...

    by Mr Soze

  • June 28, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Hey George!

    by Juggernaut125

    Is that a Star Destroyer in your pocket? Or are you just happy to see me?

  • June 28, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by Manos

    Could someone PLEASE get rid of the rollover on the Quarantine 2 add?

  • June 28, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    That Star Destroyer is glorious!

    by darksith

    Damn it, I want!

  • June 28, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Oh, I get it

    by machine74

    See, the Star Destroyer is childhood. George is having his way with our childhoods. This is evident by Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, 3D Star Wars and no live action TV show. Oh, and 50 new versions of the Classic Trilogy without the original version. God, I miss the innocence of watching Empire for the first 30 times.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Agreed mr soze

    by hydroxicut

    I say this with an AT AT on one side of me and beautiful 41x 27 ESB(gone w/ the wind style) Framed poster on the other side. Just love, love this movie. Even the Special Edition DVD is pretty damn awesome compared to "Hope" and "Return" the changes were so minimal, it's the only Blu-ray I'll buy.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    So they found it while bin-diving in ILM's garbage?

    by justmyluck

    With all the kids rummaging through their trash, ILM had to create a dummy sign outside for THE KERNER COMPANY. Nice pic of the Star Destroyer created for TESB. The ILM site has some really nice BTS TESB photos of that and, more interesting "The Executor" in various stages of completion.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Just saw the episode of South Park where

    by OSAMP1

    the kids watch the last Indiana Jones movie and say Indiana got raped by Lucus and SS. That and this go together like jack and coke.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    manos - get the AdBlocker Plus add-on for your browser.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    As long as you're on either Firefox or Chrome. Ad-free happiness.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    He's more machine now than man, twisted and evil ...


    ... from years of jackhammering his mechanized creations.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Lucas is thinking, "If there were only some way


    to put a bronze bikini on this bitch."

  • June 28, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I should have mentioned ...

    by justmyluck

    ... that I have a litlle "F-Toys" Star Destroyer sitting on my Mac. It's teensy, but they got the profile bang-on.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    But why are they specifically called Star Destroyers?...

    by aphextwin

  • June 28, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    As a pre-middle-aged SW fan who despises the prequels...

    by justmyluck

    ... I would like my vote counted! Damn, the whole THING about SW and TESB in the day - for almost everyone - was WHAT OR WHO IS DARTH VADER? Now the kids who've seen the prequels have zero suspense and it's a by the numbers space opera. FUCK.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    geektard - you were right until...

    by Arteska

    the prequel crack. Middle aged prequel haters are infinitely more insufferable than those the same age that can either accept them or move on quietly without them.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Geektard. You talkin' to me?


    ...middle age Star Wars Fans...??? You mean us ORIGINAL fans? The ones lucky enough to have seen it first run in theaters? You talkin' to me?


  • June 28, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    No wonder he got divorced.


  • June 28, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    what no rancor pics??????????

    by fat_rancor_keeper


  • June 28, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    How do you go back to flesh and blood women


    once you've had a Star Destroyer?

  • June 28, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    C'mon Quint, spill it

    by slone13

    What is the "unique" fashion in which the picture was obtained?

  • there ARE no middle-aged fans who like the Prequels. Or almost none, at any rate. They'd rather hate on everything. <p> <p>Me? I keep hoping we see a Prequel BTS pic at some point. Honestly, I'm one of those younger fans who enjoys the newer films a little bit more than the originals, and I'm tired of the hate.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    George always did come off as a little too stiff.


  • June 28, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Is that Spielberg on the right?

    by MattyAGoGo

    Sure looks like him.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    ...the "unique" fashion in which the picture was obtained?


    It's called Photoshop, but you probably haven't heard about it yet.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    Do you work for Lucasfilm?

  • June 28, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    I should be so lucky, JustMy.

    by StarWarsRedux

  • June 28, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Back when Lucas was obsessed with cutting-edge special f/x

    by Acquanetta

    Oh wait.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST



    Oh, it was cutting edge, all right. He's got the scars to prove it.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    I was just reminiscing over all six Star Wars opening nights


    I got laid at or right after every one. Got laid IN the theater while the movie played three times with two different chicks (all at different showings of first weekend Phantom), met two of my wives for the first time in line for a Star Wars Premier (Return and Clone Wars) and my kids and grandkids all love the prequels. I'm just angry that he never came thru with his original promise about the three part SEQUEL! Maybe in 3-d? There are still a LOT of theaters I haven't had sex in...yet.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    enough of empire

    by mick vance

    is anyone else getting tired of all the focus the empire strikes back gets not only on this site but every other movie site? i'm not saying that it's a bad movie, but i think the original three films are equal in terms of greatness. i would like to cite Clerks where Randal, the stalwart SW nerd of New Jersey, berates Dante for picking empire over jedi. in his defense of empire, dante just says that it had a downer ending and compares that to life, and that seems to be the same argument a lot of people use: it's good because it's dark. to quote mr. plinkett, "my stool is dark!"

  • June 28, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    S'cool, George. I love Empire so much I'd fuck it too.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • June 28, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Anybody else feel really bad that Admiral Piett died at the end of RotJ?

    by Royston Lodge

    Is it just me?

  • June 28, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    The reason


    I had sex so many times during Phantom was because it was SO boring and slow paced and predictable and girl fans had been waiting for a decade for new Star Wars and they could not channel all that energy toward a Galaxy Far Far away so something had to give. Plus it reminded most of them of a simpler, sexier time...1977 long before anybody ever heard of HIV or AIDS.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Firmus Piett


    made his bed, Roy. He knew the risks. He craved the glory.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by Harrigan

    Get a sniff

  • June 28, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    We're all paying for that divorce

    by elsewhere

    Go fuck yourself, Lucas.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Devin Faraci hates THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.


    Just hates it.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Where is Jar Jar Binks in this pic??

    by darthwaz1

    Answer: In GL's mind...he's thinking "Shit I wish I could fit this great character Jar Jar into this movie!"

  • June 28, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST



    Jar Jar was the fluffer.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Best Spaceship Model Ever!

    by Roderich

    The huge Star Destroyer model is absolutely the finest and greatest thing ever built for a movie. There are close up pictures from this model where you can see the incredible stunning details. And the Star Destroyer-design by itself is such a fantastic concept. You see it one second and you know: Its huge! (Its not a lion!) Its dangerous! Its a giant Spaceship built for just one purpose:Destroy other ships! Fight gigantic space battles! Oh, i just love the Star Destroyer, but in another way as George...

  • June 28, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    need Leia's bikini behind the set pic

    by Gorgomel

  • June 28, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    spinal tap

    by brian tobin

    george: "so the full size one will be just like this ?" ha

  • June 28, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Rape that Star Destroyer, George!

    by ZapRowsdower

  • June 28, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Rape that Star Destroyer, George!

    by ZapRowsdower

    Give it all you got...

  • June 28, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    I always wonder what it would have been like had he directed it...

    by alienindisguise

    and Jedi. Probably for the best that he didn't.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Star Wars, Empire, Jedi first run in theaters...

    by theDORK

    ...good times I miss.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    As much as the prequels AND Family Guy suck...

    by theDORK

    ...I would enjoy seeing McFarlane skewer the SW prequels.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    You're in charge now...


    "Admiral" Piett.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Now we know the truth...

    by blackmantis

    ...the Star Destroyer was held aloft by the strength of GL's erection.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Greatest sequel ever?


    or Police Academy 2?

  • June 28, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    I really like Lucas, how to put this

    by TheJudger

    He is siring many new artists and film makers in his quest to invent and improve film making technology. His company, the inventions and innovations his team is working on and his franchises require so much of his personal time to help them grow. They are in a way his children, and he is trying to be a good father to them. He seems to me to be more excited about the guts than the machine. He wants to improve the guts that drive it. When I see people complaining about him I feel like they don't realize the seat he decided to take as a film maker. The man is still making films even though he isnt directing them. He is making the tools and providing them to other artists so they can tell the stories they want with less compromises on the imagination and technical aspects. His footprint is being left on tons of films he is not personally making. I respect this, but I still wish he was taking a personal director role ever few years, and making new films- not Star Wars or Indiana. Something entirely new. I guess that is my only gripe. I know what he is doing. I understand how much it is improving and helping the film making/ digital art community. Lots of people seem to forget and over look it, They are too tied up in in his role as a director- Hell, I'm being guilty of this very same thing right now- only becaus I love his films and I'm sure there he has other personl stories to tell. Everyone seems to keep looking at his personal efforts in regards to films vs his company and films it's technology is helping to make.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    The "George didn't really write the prequels"-theory

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    The prequels come out and they seem to be written not only FOR kids but BY kids. Later he starts a cartoon set in the same era. One of the writers is Katie Lucas, his daughter.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    MASTER Lucas?

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Dear God, when will people stop worshipping this poseur? He's nothing but a hack with a lot of money. Star Wars is what Roger Corman would make if he had giant budgets. Terrible writing, wretched acting, and overblown special effects that try to hide the fact you're watching a really expensive, corn-studded turd of a movie. Which movie? ALL OF THEM. They are the celluloid equivalent of a cold diarrhea cocktail. I hate Yoda so much I want to butt rape him to death, but he's just a fucking puppet, or worse, CGI, and I can never truly have the satisfaction of reaming that little fucker until he vomits up his own stomach. And that is why the world is unfair.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Not to mention that fucking Whiner, Anakin!

    by Queefer Sutherland

    MY GOD, what a horrible character, and what a terrible performance! I wanted to slice off Hayden Christensen's ball sack and shove it up his ass with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire! The "romance" story has the sophistication of a sixth-grade play. This kind of writing is only done by a hack, an emotional imbecile who only knows how to play with toys. It makes me wonder if Lucas has ever fucked his wife, or any woman, for that matter. He certainly doesn't understand anything beyond adolescent crushes. I'm surprised he didn't have Anakin smelling Padme's panties and masturbating, using the Force, of course.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Can't there be one story about Lucas, even about the original trilogy

    by Mugato5150

    Without the fucking Lucas bashing about the prequels? Can't you just appreciate the story at hand without being a whiny cunt?

  • June 29, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    FUCK NO! Star Wars bring the whiny cunt out of me. I might have been talking about the prequels here, but the original three were warmed-over stomach pus mixed with blood and maggots, and only barely better than the other three. I think Lucas should finish the whole travesty off and do three more films, thus ushering in the Apocalypse. I admit I liked the first two films, but I was a stupid fucking kid then, and now I'm an ultra-mature adult, all fucking sophisticated and shit, and I realize the first two were giant steaming balls of baby guts and rhino cum.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Lest I be misunderstood...

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I also didn't like Return of the Jedi. A LOT. It was a puckering, spastic anus of a film.

  • June 29, 2011, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Jedi is no Empire ...

    by embrasure

    But it arguably contains the best individual scenes of the entire trilogy: the space battle, Yoda's death, and the Vader/Luke/Emperor stuff, which still gives me chills. Too bad the rest of it is such a lazy rehash of Empire.

  • June 29, 2011, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Bad fuckin ass. When Star Wars was STAR WARS and not star wars.

    by RobertoInfiniteTHEMoonLander

  • June 29, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST


    by TheSecondQuest

    It's a "destroyer" type craft for space combat, thus "Star Destroyer". Much like "fighter" in space becomes "Starfighter".

  • June 29, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    i'd rather see a picture like this...

    by slave to the one

    than of Lucas checking out a 3D model on a computer screen!

  • June 29, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    The Star Destroyer?

    by Robb

    George looks like he's gonna hump it? Wouldn't you????

  • June 29, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    This image is so great

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    because it reminds me of a different era of fandom - the one I grew up with. Back in the late 70s and early 80s there was no Web and I would pore over Starlog, Cinefantastique and Fangoria to glean little bits about upcoming films. Rarely was anything ruined and you really got to see people plying their craft. I remember seeing a picture of Luke in Jabba's throne room - he was pointing a gun (the pic was pretty much from Leia's POV on Jabba's dais) with all these critters behind him. The caption said something about Jabba the Hutt - this was several months before ROTJ came out, mind you - but didn't show him. I remember spending SO MUCH TIME looking at that pic in wonder - at the hero, the creatures behind him and wondering what Jabba was going to look like. A picture like the one above reminds me of how great it was to occasionally see images before a film came out and wondering how it was all going to play out on the screen when you saw the final, finished film. This Star Destroyer pic is something that, had it been released before ESB, I would have spent HOURS studying and having long conversations with my friends theorizing about. I feel kinda bad for young people now - between trailers and online spoilers you pretty much know what you're going to see before you see it. As bad as the prequels were at least we got a couple years to wonder what the hell the new trilogy was going to be about. I remember in the mid 90s feeling like a kid again seeing production stills and mock-ups and stuff in magazines and wondering how it was all going to come together. And the first trailer for Phantom Menace was SO amazing to see. A friend of mine worked at a Blockbuster and he taped the trailer off Entertainment Tonight, brought it into the store, and played it over the zillion TV monitors throughout the store. He said that everyone - EVERYONE - stopped what they were doing in the busy store and stood there in wonder, feeling like kids again. As truly awful as the prequels turned out to be at least we got to have moments like that again in our adulthood. To me the prequels were ALMOST worth it because of moments like that. Seeing this image brings back those feelings so thanks AICN for posting this!

  • June 29, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    The Star Destroyer?

    by Robb

    George looks like he's gonna hump it? Wouldn't you????

  • June 29, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    If i had to caption that pic......

    by Sprinky

    George know that person from long long time ago who got off his chair and actually gave a shit about the movies he made.