My Favorite Scene: The Hangover (2009)

It’s hard to remember, but there was a time when The Hangover was funny.  As we prepare for the final (please, God) installment of the least necessary trilogy since Beverly Hills Cop, it’s easy to forget that the first Hangover film is a hysterical spiraling nightmarish weekend of chaos.  It was very close between this and Zach Galifianakis aping the blackjack scene from Rain Man, but it’s The Tiger Song.  Fun fact, Ed Helms actually has a messed up tooth that he had the dental work for removed for the film (he had to go to a new dentist because the one who put it in refused to take it out).  So stay home and watch The Hangover on Blu Ray and don’t reward them for making another one, but you won’t listen to me.  If people did, there wouldn’t have been 74 Saw movies.

The Hangover, Ed Helms

George Lucas’ Original Fall of Anakin Story Outline Circa 1981

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The Huffington Post has released a fantastic excerpt from JW Rinzler’s upcoming book The Making of the Return of the Jedi (due out this fall).  The excerpt is a story conference between George Lucas, Jedi director Richard Marquand and Empire Strikes Back director Lawrence Kasdan about the fall of Anakin Skywalker.  Jedi was going to address some aspects of Anakin’s fall and the latter two wanted to pick George’s brain on exactly what happened.  A lot of it played out the way it did onscreen in Episode III; some was significantly changed.  For example: Lucas describes The Force as something that anyone can tap into and something that only the Jedi take the time to do; that it’s like yoga (not a midachlorian to be found).  The film was called Revenge of the Jedi until shortly before release when Lucas decided that “revenge” wasn’t really a Jedi concept.  At any rate, it makes for fascinating reading and makes me want the book all the more when it hits shelves this fall.

REVENGE OF THE JEDI STORY CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT, JULY 13 to JULY 17, 1981—SUMMARY
Participants: George Lucas, Richard Marquand, Lawrence Kasdan, and Howard Kazanjian
Location: Park Way House
Note: Many of the ideas here are conceptual only and should not be considered as canon in the Star Wars saga.

THE STORY OF ANAKIN

Lucas: Anakin Skywalker starting hanging out with the Emperor, who at this point nobody knew was that bad, because he was an elected official.

Kasdan: Was he a Jedi?

Lucas: No, he was a politician. Richard M. Nixon was his name. He subverted the senate and finally took over and became an imperial guy and he was really evil. But he pretended to be a really nice guy. He sucked Luke’s father into the dark side.

Kasdan: The Force was available to anyone who could hook into it?

Lucas: Yes, everybody can do it.

Kasdan: Not just the Jedi?

Lucas: It’s just the Jedi who take the time to do it.

Marquand: They use it as a technique.

Lucas: Like yoga. If you want to take the time to do it, you can do it; but the ones that really want to do it are the ones who are into that kind of thing. Also like karate. Also another misconception is that Yoda teaches Jedi, but he is like a guru; he doesn’t go out and fight anybody.

Kasdan: A Jedi Master is a Jedi isn’t he?

Lucas: Well, he is a teacher, not a real Jedi. Understand that?

Kasdan: I understand what you’re saying, but I can’t believe it; I am in shock.

Lucas: It’s true, absolutely true, not that it makes any difference to the story.

Kasdan: You mean he wouldn’t be any good in a fight?

Lucas: Not with Darth Vader he wouldn’t.

Kasdan: I accept it, but I don’t like it.

Lucas: Well, anyway, Luke’s father gets subverted by the Emperor. He gets a little weird at home and his wife begins to figure out that things are going wrong and she confides in Ben, who is his mentor. On his missions through the galaxies, Anakin has been going off doing his Jedi thing and a lot of Jedi have been getting killed—and it’s because they turn their back on him and he cuts them down. The president is turning into an Emperor and Luke’s mother suspects that something has happened to her husband. She is pregnant. Anakin gets worse and worse, and finally Ben has to fight him and he throws him down into a volcano and Vader is all beat up.

Now, when he falls into the pit, his other arm goes and his leg and there is hardly anything left of him by the time the Emperor’s troops fish him out of the drink. Then when Ben finds out that Vader has been fished out and is in the hands of the Empire, he is worried about it. He goes back to Vader’s wife and explains that Anakin is the bad guy, the one killing all the Jedi.

When he goes back his wife, Mrs. Skywalker has had the kids, the twins, so she has these two little babies who are six months old or so. So everybody has to go into hiding. The Skywalker line is very strong with the Force, so Ben says, “I think we should protect the kids, because they may be able to help us right the wrong that your husband has created in the universe.” And so Ben takes one and gives him to a couple out there on Tatooine and he gets his little hideout in the hills and he watches him grow. Ben can’t raise Luke himself, because he’s a wanted man. Leia and Luke’s mother go to Alderaan and are taken in by the king there, who is a friend of Ben’s. She dies shortly thereafter and Leia is brought up by her foster parents. She knows that her real mother died.

Kasdan: She does know that?

Lucas: Yes, so we can bring that out when Luke is talking to her; she can say that her mother died when “I was two years old.”