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Deleted Empire Strikes Back Scene Dripping With Sexual Tension

Fan reaction to the changes George Lucas applied to the Star Wars Blu-rays (in stores on Sept. 16) have ranged from “mildly annoyed” to “outright enraged.” And while our own Eric Eisenberg is correct in saying Lucas has every right to tinker with his original trilogy, the director can’t be surprised when die hard fans insert their own “Noooooooooo!” at the news that more edits or corrections are being tagged on films they thought were pretty perfect as is.

As we get closer to the release date of the Star Wars saga on Blu-ray, has an exclusive look at a deleted scene from The Empire Strikes Back, still the best of the six-part series. Showing off a little heated repartee between Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), the clip proves Empire writers Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasden could have penned dialogue for Moonlighting, Cheers or any other show where the leads danced around their obvious sexual chemistry before consummating the relationship. Click over to EW and see for yourself, then come back for more conversation about it.

See what I mean? Geez, why don’t those two just get a room on Dagobah so we can stop hearing all of this sexually charged talk about being cold, applying heat, and warming up a little. They're embarrassing the Wookie.

Now, we all know how this ends. Still, it’s nice to be writing about something Lucas took out of his original trilogy versus something that he’s trying to shoehorn back in decades later.

Sean O'Connell
Sean O'Connell

Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.