Once you hear something, it's very hard to shake it off. And those with very vivid imaginations will have a hard time watching the end of the original Star Wars after Mark Hamill dropped an interesting bit of trivia that isn't widely known. It doesn't necessarily have to do with the story behind the Death Star attack itself. But it will definitely make you look at the actors in the cockpits of their X-Wings a little differently now.
Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises in history. And there has been so much behind-the-scenes info revealed over the past 40 years, it's easy to believe we've heard it all. But now, Mark Hamill is sharing a tidbit for National Trivia Day. And it might make you frown ever so slightly, and it will definitely change the way you watch the end of A New Hope.
Because of a record heatwave in England when we filmed the original #StarWars, most of the pilots wore only the top-half of their costume, attacking the Death Star wearing shorts. #TrueStoryhttps://t.co/RSgZRneft9— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 5, 2019
Mark Hamill has now revealed the big secret that most of the X-WIng pilots were wearing shorts during the Death Star run. That makes it all sound like a big beach party. And it must have been odd to see a number of men in their flight suit tops, with their bare, hairy legs sticking out underneath. Hey, do whatever you got to do to make yourself comfortable.
The attack on the Death Star is still one of the most iconic moments out of any of the Star Wars movies released thus far, and has even been emulated in Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. In the climactic battle, the Rebel Alliance has sent Red Squadron on a suicide mission to blow up the Empire's secret planet destroying weapon. To do this, they must take advantage of a small thermal exhaust port, which we leaned all about in the prequel Rogue One.
Wearing their shorts into battle was a team that consisted of Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, Biggs Darklighter and Porkins, who probably looked quite sexy in the half flight suit half boxer shorts getup. What makes this whole idea even more disturbing is that most of Red Squadron is blown out of the sky in a fireball by the encroaching Imperial troops in their TIE Fighters. That means a lot of these guys didn't have the honor of dying with their pants on.
As Hamill states, all of the X-Wing cockpit scenes were shot in London during a huge heatwave that had swept the city. Though to be fair, none of the shorts were captured on camera, so that's all that matters. Though it's now hard to not picture Porkins in his skivvies as he flies face first into his doom.
Actors wearing non-costume specific clothing or shoes when half their body is off camera is not a new thing. All actors do it. And no one ever really thinks too much about it. Though, as this is one of the most iconic endings in any movie ever, it's hard to unsee the facts as Mark Hamill just painted them after forty-some odd years. At least the X-Wing pilots got to slide on some Bermudas while taking on the Galactic Empire. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca had to wear his full fur suit through the entire heat wave. A half-furless Chewbacca isn't anything anybody wants to imagine or think about. This trivia comes direct from Mark Hamill's Twitter.