It's one of the most famous exchanges in the history of cinema: Han Solo and Pricess Leia's heartfelt goodbye in "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back." Just before Han is frozen in carbonite by the sinister Darth Vader, Leia reveals her love and he simply answers, "I know." So insouciant. So perfect.
And as we now know thanks to SlashFilm, so completely different from what screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan actually wrote.
Yes, thanks to unprecedented access to Kasdan's handwritten first draft of the "Empire Strikes Back" script, fans can now take a look at some of pop culture's most famous moments and try to imagine what they might have been like if alterations — such as Harrison Ford rewriting his lines the day of filming — hadn't been made.
The original dialogue? Instead of just saying "I love you," Leia goes on a mini-speech, adding "I couldn't tell you before, but it's true." To which Han replies (presumably in a perfect Terminator voice) "Just remember that, cause I'll be back."
Yeah, not quite the same, right?
The documents also give a rare look at Kasdan's writing process, which includes notes to himself such as "figure out a speech pattern for Yoda." And he also extensively rewrote the infamous tauntaun sequence, with Han's original line being a simple, " I know this doesn't smell so good, Luke."
Frankly, this is so cool we'd love it if they published the entire first draft so we can see every decision that helped shape the "Star Wars" universe as we know it. But for now, we're more than happy with this brief but awesome look into the mind of a true geek god.
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