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

Yeah, I know I just ran a Star Wars pic recently, but I’m about to jump on a plane for some 13 hours and wing my way back to my home country, so there’s a slight possibility that I may be late with the next image and I wanted to overcompensate with a nice, geeky Star Wars image hoping to garner some good will from the fanboys and fangirls that read this.

I don’t expect to be late, but when it comes to international travel you can never be sure of anything. So, here’s a fantastic shot of Mark Hamill and Alec Guinness on the set of The Empire Strikes Back. Yet another Empire shot that makes me wish I could have been a fly on the wall watching these two work.




If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Since I’m heading back to the States to cover this weekend’s big Disney fan event, D23, in Anaheim, it’s a safe bet that tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic will feature something Disney related. Maybe even more Disney related than Disney itself will admit to these days.

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  • Aug. 17, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST


    by Spaderific


  • Aug. 17, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Penis laughing

    by dvdmike

    it is a serious sport

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    post crash scar face hamill

    by Eric

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    shit i can't tell if that's Mark Hamill or Dorothy Hamill


    ...and that's the look of a laugh gone on too long where neither knows what to say next. i imagine it ended with Alec winding his laugh down and after a pause, saying "right, well...."

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Next BTS pic will be from TRIUMPH OF THE WILL

    by I am not a number

    Shocking stuff!

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

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  • This shot *must* be rare.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    It's unfortunate

    by Fletch Gannon

    their father/son relationship didn't get explored fully after the first film. It's one of those areas that Lucas should have covered in his myriad of episodes that he has produced. It would have been cool to see Luke meet Ben for this first time and how his Uncle Owen is always trying to keep Luke away from the 'crazy old man'. Luke being rebellious would always do otherwise...something that would be cool to see but will never happen.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    love these.

    by yabory

    and they are all appreciated. thanks quint.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    it's unfortunate that the prequels happened


    and that obi wan kenobi hid out on a well visited planet under an alias that was basically his same name..

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Song Of The South tomorrow.

    by SnootyBoots

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Is that your lightsaber in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

    by FluffyUnbound


  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    is that mark hamill or is it...


    this guy?

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Star Wars should have been a stand alone picture

    by seansarto

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    SONG OF THE SOUTH! It had better be! (Drunken Irish fists in the air!)

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer


  • Aug. 17, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Stand Alone Star Wars = No Empire Strikes Back

    by tomandshell

    I wouldn't sacrifice ESB in an attempt to erase the prequels from existence.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    I wish the prequels were one movie

    by sunwukong86

    It really didnt need to be 3 movies.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    I wish the prequels were zero movies


  • Aug. 17, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    If "Star Wars" had been standalone...

    by ufoclub1977

    it would be a cool universe of high integrity.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Empire is near perfection

    by dukeroberts

    And I can't wait to see the Song of the South pic tomorrow. I love that movie.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Is Alec standing on a box, or is Mark just a really short cunt?

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    Or maybe it's a weird camera angle.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Empire stands with up to any other film ever made


    And it makes that more heartbreaking that Jedi was mediocre.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    I wish the prequels were made after Lucas' death.


    By people who don't suck the fun out of grand pulp.

  • Actually, I kinda wish the original ones were too. (Keeping in mind I think the Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back are brilliant just as they are and I love them.)

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Why would you want Lynch to do a Star Wars movie?

    by ufoclub1977

    His version of that genre was Dune which was great outside of the actual war parts. You want that approach to a Star Wars movie?

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Hmm, so is this from a deleted scene...

    by FilmFanatik

    ...or is this in between takes or something? Luke is not in his uniform about to take off in the X-Wing. He's in the clothes he was wearing while Yoda was training him. Is he just not wearing the full outfit or was there a scene deleted during the training with Obi-Wan chiming in? Just curious. Perhaps someone could shed some light on this please?

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Oh hell yeah, I'd LOVE to see a surrealist Star Wars movie.

    by NeonFrisbee

    Lynch can do doe-eyed golly-gee innocence too, but he does it in a twisted way that is both emotionally immersive AND emotionally distant / parodical. Further, his films seem like they're beamed from another planet. His Jedi woulda been a masterpiece, I think. I love Lynch's DUNE, btw. I get why it didn't click with mainstream audiences, and I think parts are clunky, but overall it's REALLY cool looking and a decent adaptation (imho) (keeping in mind that it's really an unfilmable novel, so changes should be expected). I totally picture the design of Lynch's DUNE in my mind when I re-read that book; I think he TOTALLY nailed the look, sound, and feel of it.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    George Lucas asked David Lynch to direct Return of the Jedi

    by Bobo_Vision

    Here's Lynch telling the story: <p>

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Looks like a priest and his altar boy about to get it on

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    the priest is elevated for easier access

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST

    They cut out the sex scene in Empire

    by Queefer Sutherland

    More Force you will use, Luke. More Force you will use! Get your light saber you will!

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Tron tomorrow?

    by davidwebb

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, I know, he turned it down. But great clip, bobo_vision!

    by NeonFrisbee

    I still think it woulda been awesome, despite his headache. Actually, I bet Lynch's headache woulda made it *even better*. Just direct the whole thing like this insane, bewildering fever dream in an archetypal fruedian meltdown in space.

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    You guys totally edited my comment!

    by Queefer Sutherland

    You took away the tasteless parts. Shame on you! :-)

  • Aug. 17, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Look at the size of that iMac!

    by DJTripp

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    why do i get a pedophile vide from this pic?

    by KilliK

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    If Lynch made ROTJ,the emperor would have been played

    by KilliK

    by a midget talking backwards.and Vader's mask would be revealed to be in fact a gas mask which he used to breath aphrodisiac drug gas.

  • But as your eyes pull focus...the fun dissipates.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Always wondered how Marquand landed the job

    by seansarto

    Wonder if there was some kind of British sentiment bein' stressed due to the Elstree Studios connection

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST


    by brokentusk

    You almost made me spit my coffee all over my monitor with your first comment.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Lynch's Dune for the most part sucks.

    by Jay Eyler

    But it's my favorite novel, so it's all I have, along with the miniseries which was a noble attempt.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Just re-watched Willow tonight...

    by bubcus

    and I re-watched Star Wars: A New Hope last week. Man I miss good ol' George Lucas. The one that brought us the original Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Willow. I really hope Red Tails is awesome because that man is a genius storyteller and I'd love to see him back in top form. I've complained enough about special editions and prequels, I'm ready to go back to praising him for the brilliant childhood he gave to all of us. Thanks, George.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 3:19 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    This is Guiness recording his blue screen scene for his "Don't give in to hate, that leads to the dark side!" speech when Luke is leaving Dagobah. Hamill is there to provide the other side of the conversation for Guiness to react from. Hamill himself isn't being filmed, hence his outfit.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    What "Scene" this is:

    by catlettuce4

    It's not a scene, it's Mark visiting Guinness while both are there doing their scenes, but not a scene together. They never actually had a scene together in Empire, something that bothered Guinness, and prompted the inclusion of a longer actual face-to-face scene in Return of the Jedi. Imagine that... Lucas not understanding that actors might prefer to do their scenes with the person they are talking to there on the set.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST


    by space doughnut

    lost all love for it eversince its greedy maker destroyed it with Ep I II & III.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Love me some "Empire"

    by ChickenStu

    One of those rare movies I never get bored of. Greatest sequel ever made, hands down.

  • It was 1981 when pre production began, so he had seen Eraserhead and Elephant Man by that time. HARDLY something too close to what Star Wars is all about.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Same old story, same old song and dance....

    by ZodNotGod

    The Star Wars threads are always funny. The same usual suspects come in and lament on the death of the franchise and the artistic bankruptcy of its creator and so on and so forth. I love all SIX SW and I'm a happy fella. Lucas does what he does for his own reasons and I respect that. I just wish the crackbabies would move on or get a new song to sing because the "oh woe is me!" "Special editions suck, prequels suck and I suck because I don't get laid, is beyond tired. So when the blu-rays come out, DON'T BUY THEM. but you will.....all of you will.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    They're laughing at...

    by NightArrows

    ...Carrie Fisher laying hammered on the ground eating a plant. And if the Prequels 'destroyed' your love of the original 3, then you are truly too stupid to live. Please do the world a favour and step in front of a bus.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    fuck Star Wars as a standalone film

    by sith_rising

    I wouldn't sacrifice Empire for anything - it's only the best movie ever made.

  • Mark " Ha, ha no way that would ever happen Alec, silly english man." and they both chuckled.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    "You Know, I Once PLayed Eight Characters in Kind Hearts and...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... oh fuck it, you're not interested."

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    He did not screw it up.....

    by ZodNotGod

    Damn crybabies!

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Stand alone film? Dumb.

    by ZodNotGod

    and that was never the intent...

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod

    Actually Hamill looked pretty darn good considering his car crash pretty much wiped his nose off his face. If you look at him in ANH, his face is angular, almost chiseled in places; his chin at least. After the crash his face is rounded, kinda doughy, a significantly differrent looking person.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    zodnotgod, for a "Happy Fella" you certainly are into name calling.

    by welcometothepartypal

    Last time I checked "Happy people" don't call others cry babies or crack babies for not liking something. I don't think that's fair, you like the prequels, I don't. I could say you have no taste in films, but to each his own. It not so black and white. And no I will not buy the Blurays, I didn't buy the DVD's. I believe many of us won't. Empire is still one of my favorite movies or all time. THX Quint.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by jake rodgers

    I just want to thank the TB'er who suggested to everyone the movie Sahara with Bogart as a tank commander. It was in, I think, The Maltese Falson behind the scenes pic of the day talkback that someone suggested to watch this movie. To that person, thank you. It was on TCM last night and it was a helluva great flick. Thanks again, seriously!!!

  • My take: During the 1975-76 production process as it looked more and more like people hated the movie, and production dragged along, Lucas was always tweaking and rewriting the script with the help of other writers. This made the story rock solid and perfectly structured on its own, since he did not think he would be able to actually make a series and also thought the movie would not go over too well. So, Star Wars was released as a stand alone movie with the gimmicky feel of being in the middle of a non-existent, unplanned serial. And in that movie were some strong decisions: Vader killed Luke's father in the past and kills Ben Kenobi who becomes a hallucinatory part of Luke's consciousness (that could still be open to interpretation). And, Luke has a romantic crush on the Princess who he is not related to. The movie ends in a grand congratulatory ceremony with all characters coming through an arc, and all the emotion is conclusive. Lucas didn't think it was going to be the phenomenal success it turned out to be, and didn't actually know he would have the ability to make a sequel. (In fact, at some point during production, it was even considered to maybe chop it up for television kid fare in true serial format.) It was only later after financial and popular gains were seen, that he quickly went through the process of writing the next script with some odd changes back to his original sketchy outlines (Ex: Luke is Vader's son). Empire Strikes back is great, but as historical important art, if Star Wars had been alone, the entire concept would be incredibly respected and be much more monumental. The exotic fun of that fictional universe would be untainted and real in the collective wistful imagination of the world! Empire has some flaws for me that prevent it from attaining the sort of influential force that Star Wars was to my young mind. No doubt, Empire is a great movie (but has a bit more stage play feel to some of its plot movement, predicaments, and settings). For me, Star Wars is more cinematic, and epic, (more of an exotic combination of futuristic fused with contemporary, Japanese with Western, retro stylistics with new invented visual/aural vocabulary) and created a wave of viewings and mindset that is quite beyond just a great movie. It was an incredible chance combination of great things. Star Wars in 1977 helped me fall in love with films in the theater that were better than 70's tv fare. So now, I'm using that energy and those generated beliefs to create my own feature movie:

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Lynch's RoTJ

    by phifty2

    Vader "What is your bidding my master?" Emperor "Play candy colored clown!" Emperor "light side? Fuck that shit! Dark side of the force!"

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod

    If you want to communicate with the people you use their language. My taste is fine, I like the prequels, (Lord the Rings can go screw) I think they are vastly misunderstood by most, and over-hated by everyone else. If you truly don't dig them, thats cool, your loss. Regards. Zodney.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Sequels were always on his mind...

    by ZodNotGod

    Lucas intended more sequels just did'nt know if he could get the chance to make them. Big difference.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod


  • Aug. 18, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Dune is almost as bad as the Star Wars movies

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I wouldn't watch any of them again, but if my balls were in a vise and I had to watch one, it would be Dune, as awful as it may be.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    People still pissed about Star Wars?

    by Han Cholo

    I say ol' George bites it in the next ten years and you'll literally have all the studios, directors, etc. biting to get the development rights as there are, I'm sure, untold thousands of screenplays for sequels or original stories that will redeem the franchise. You know this to be true. And I'm looking forward to it!!!

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    young Obi Wan looks TOO much like old Obi Wan

    by ZaphodBB

    I always bothered me that the young Obi Wan looked TOO much like the old Obi Wan. see this link ... Sure ... wardrobe and makeup depts did a great job of matching continuity ... BUT ... if Obi Wan was going into hiding you'd think he'd do a better job of disguising himself ... like changing clothes! and changing more than his first name! All it would take is one errant paparazzi pic taken of him at Toshi Station or Anchorhead and then published in the latest issue of Galaxy Today and the game's up! Vader would have every bounty hunter from Dantooine to Coruscant looking for him! And what kinda name is Ben anyway? a rat's name! Obi Wan is a big old desert rat! a womp rat!