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How Mark Hamill’s Messed Up Face In The Empire Strikes Back Led To A Three Decade Mystery

You may not be aware, but Mark Hamill’s face actually remainsĀ the subject of a pretty longstanding debate. The actor suffered facial injuriesĀ in a car wreck between the filming ofĀ A New HopeĀ andĀ The Empire Strikes Back, and some fans believeĀ the wampaĀ attack scene (the Hoth Yeti) was written as a direct result of Mark Hamill’s car accident.Ā Carrie FisherĀ seemed to think so, but others involved in the film disagreed. Frustratingly, someĀ behind-the-scenes photosĀ build solid arguments for both sides.

So what really happened to Hamill’s face? Did it always look like that, or was he hideously disfigured in a car crashĀ to the point thatĀ filmmakersĀ had to rewrite partĀ ofĀ Empire‘s script? Dive into the mystery behind Mark Hamill’s accident to try and determine whether or not it changed . . .Ā anything at all.

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