Mark Hamill Adds New Detail To Iconic “I Am Your Father” Sequence Backstory

Author Thumbnail BY Tiny Diapana - May 18, 2017

One of the most iconic moments in the Star Wars film franchise was Darth Vader’s (James Earl Jones/David Prowse) big confession that he was actually Luke’s (Mark Hamill) father. The reveal was a major twist – back during the release of The Empire Strikes Back, fans weren’t expecting anything of the sort.

Nor did Luke. Refusing to take Vader’s hand, Luke jumps off the panel into reactor shaft and while the film shows him falling down a long, long way, The Empire Strikes Back’s production had Hamill jumping a short way to a floor filled with mattresses.

However,  while the jump feels relatively safe, Hamill has just recently added a new perspective to the iconic scene’s production story. Responding to a fan wondering whether he felt “safe with all those mattresses” underneath him during filming, Hamill reveals how far off the mattress area actually is.


While Hamill did have a horde of mattresses to cushion his landing, it’s interesting to learn how far the actor actually had to jump to deliver the iconic Star Wars scene.  Now with Hamill reprising his role to train the young Force-sensitive orphan Rey in The Last Jedi, fans are eager to see the Jedi Knight back in action.  There’ll probably be a lot more interesting back stories to hear from Hamill when the movie finally hits cinemas.  



Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres on December 15, 2017.

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