That deleted scene in Return of the Jedi that was proposed to be put back in the movie has raised quite the stink yesterday and its still wafting around.
Seems that after word that the scene was filmed but never used someone asked Mark Hamill at ComicCon 2009 if he filmed such a scene and he stated that he didn’t recall filming that scene, throwing speculation that this is a NEW scene revealed yesterday was new, with a stunt actor in place shrouding his face to hide that its not Hamill.
He specifically says “I would remember if I shot a scene like that” and dismisses it as a rumour that got out of hand.
But wait. At Celebration V where they reveal the clip in question he suddenly changes his story and says “I didn’t remember, but once they showed me the clip I remembered” even joking about his cleft chin being visible under the hood.
Check out the whole interview on stage with Jon Stewart here:
Ok, keep in mind that this was almost 28 years ago that he would have shot these scenes. I think it is more likely that he DID forget that he did the scene. It was a short scene and likely wasn’t a lot of takes.
How many scenes did he participate in for this film alone? 28 years later is he going to recall all of them with clear detail? How many of them were left out? This is hardly the definitive proof that there is a conspiracy here.
I am settling on the side of “Hamill didn’t remember” instead of assuming they filmed a new scene, inserted it as a promotional extra footage and told everyone involved to lie about it.