The anecdotes around the first star wars movies they have been happening over the years. In addition to the team’s experiences during the weeks of filming of what would become iconic Seventh Art films, its stage of promotion and projection is not lacking in curious details. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the saga, has recalled one of the ideas he had George Lucas ahead of the projection of the film.
Through Twitter, and citing a debate generated in the account of Toon In With Me, Hamill recalled the idea of the creator of Star Wars to project a parodic space short film of the Lucas Duck (Daffy Duck in English) before the screening of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Lucas’s intention was to make the viewer see that “what they were going to see next was not so serious”, something that he would repeat in Star Wars episode I: The Phantom Menace with the inclusion of Jar Jar Binks as comic relief.
Obviously, as you can imagine, the idea of including Daffy Duck short films before the Star Wars screenings never materialized. An old problem that still haunts Hollywood appeared on the scene: rights. While Fox owned the rights to Star Wars, Daffy Duck belongs to the Looney tunes, and by extension to Warner. This made George Lucas’ dream impossible to materialize, so we will never know if audiences in 1977 would have accepted this short film to whet their mouths before seeing Star Wars for the first time.
George really did want this classic Daffy Duck cartoon shown before every screening of #SW. It would’ve been an icebreaker to let the audience know what was coming was less than dead serious. I was disappointed when we couldn’t get the rights to it & it didn’t happen. #TrueStory https://t.co/5VcGKH1yxf
– Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 5, 2021
Do you think that the idea would have curdled in the imagination of those who saw / saw the film in theaters when it was released?