06 Jul 2017 1:04 PM +00:00 UTC

George Lucas Didn't Like Han Solo's 'I Know' Line In Empire Strikes Back

Every Star Wars fan who's bothered to search up trivia for the movies will know that Harrison Ford's "I know" line in Empire Strikes Back was improvised—and to great effect, no doubt. What you didn't know was George Lucas initially hated the change in the script, and insisted that Ford perform the line as written.

Geek Tyrant digs up this old interview from 2011 of Ford and Jon Favreau talking about the scene. Originally, Han was supposed to say "I love you too" back to Leia, but Ford thought that the line was so out of character for Han, that he talked to director Irvin Kershner about changing it.

Watch it here:

When they made the change, Lucas apparently went, and I quote, "apeshit" over it, and insisted that Ford say the line in the script. In the end, Lucas had two cuts of the film made where Ford says "I love you too," and another one where he says, "I know," and they had a test screening for it.


In the end, it was ultimately decided that Han Solo utter the now-classic line. Ain't cinema neat.

Han may be gone from the universe, but the saga continues when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters Dec. 15.

See Also: Star Wars: So How Did Darth Vader Stop Han Solo's Blaster In Empire Strikes Back?