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In the original Star Wars, director George Lucas introduced audiences to a wondrous alien hangout called the Mos Eisley Cantina (and got this song stuck in all of our heads forever). Today on Yahoo Movies, we’re taking a deep dive into the cantina scene, with behind-the-scenes stories from the people who were there. Here’s an accompanying gallery of photographs, some never before published, that show how the Star Wars cantina came together (and how the scene is still being preserved, researched, and recreated today). Lucas, who envisioned the bustling alien cantina before he’d even come up with a plot for Star Wars, actually shot the scene twice: Once in London, and then the following year in Los Angeles, with a whole new cast of alien creatures. The finished scene is a combination of the two shoots, and the photographs show the breakdown between the makeups created by Stuart Freeborn’s English crew, and those made by Rick Baker’s American crew. Also featured in the gallery: Greedo in heels, the cantina band’s secret extra mouths, and a wacky piece of set decoration you’ve definitely never noticed. Click the arrows above to scroll through, and read all about the making of the cantina scene here.
When Star Wars: A New Hope premiered in theaters in 1977, many a jaw dropped at the groundbreaking space adventure. The moment that really jolted audiences — the one that showed them they lived in creator George Lucas’s world now — was an early scene set in a drinking hole on the remote planet of Tatooine, populated by a wild assortment of aliens. The Mos Eisley Cantina, introduced by Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy,” has been capturing the imaginations of fans for nearly 40 years — fans like director J.J. ...
Rick Baker, Hollywood’s most decorated makeup effects wizard, is hanging up the prosthetics after an astonishing career that has spanned four decades, spawned myriad monsters, and scored him seven Oscars.