Return Of The Jedi Kicked Off With Freezing Weather, A Carjacking, And Poison Gas

London, England was removed from edenic on the outset of 1982. The climate was brutally chilly. How chilly was it? According to John Phillip Peecher’s “Star Wars: The Making of Return of the Jedi,” the below-zero temperatures had resulted within the hearth division having to rescue a person who’d gotten his lips caught to a automotive deal with (which, to me, appears much less a difficulty of frigidity and extra a matter of rank stupidity). It was so chilly, the altering of the guard at Buckingham Palace was canceled! It was so chilly, Rodney Dangerfield’s spouse welcomed him into mattress!

It will get worse. Carrie Fisher’s rented home started to belch hazardous gasoline fumes. Meanwhile, Mark Hamill’s chauffeur had his automotive stolen (thankfully, he was in a position to bum a journey with Harrison Ford to the studio).

This augured poorly for the manufacturing, however these obstacles had been simply cleared. Fisher was not felled by carbon monoxide poisoning, Hamill obtained his transportation challenge sorted out, and the bozo who determined to make out with the motive force’s facet of his automotive went on to be the Prime Minister of England from 2019 to 2022 (I’m guessing).

Most importantly, “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi” wound up being the highest-grossing movie of 1983. Though followers had been cut up on the effectiveness of the Ewoks, they cherished the first-act rescue of Han Solo, and adored the visually spectacular assault on the unfinished Death Star (a semi-lazy callback that forebodes the clumsy resurrection of Emperor Palpatine in “Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker”). The movie works. Nub-nub, y’all.

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