2d5236eaafe1634d8eccc7a2bb4a78683461a563Surprise! Princess Leia wasn’t originally Han Solo’s only love interest. The internet recently re-discovered a black-and-white rough cut of the Star Wars cantina scene which first officially released on the Star Wars: Behind the Magic CD-ROM in 1998 (and can now be found on the recent Complete Saga Blu-ray collection). The difference between this early edit and the final film version is that Han Solo was given a girlfriend. Though she doesn’t get any lines, Han is seen kissing the dark-haired woman in a cantina booth.

Who is this mystery lady? Why does Han Solo only refer to her as “sweetheart?” According to the Wookieepedia, this character is known to fans as “Jenny,” after the actress who played her, Jenny Cresswell. Similar to Luke Skywalker, she was also a human inhabitant of Tatooine.  Jenny didn’t appear in any other scenes, and was never mentioned again – or even given an official name.

Unedited Star Wars Cantina Scene by chanoy

Obviously, Jenny wasn’t pivotal to the plot of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope but that’s not the only reason her character was cut. Lucas was apparently extremely concerned with making sure that Han Solo didn’t look like a bad guy, despite his questionable values and criminal past. Maybe sight of Han making out with an anonymous woman in a bar, while an alien is mutilated by Obi-Wan just a few feet away, sent the wrong impression. Jenny is still visible, however, in some widescreen versions of the cantina scene, chatting with an alien in the background.

Here are a few of the other notable differences between the rough cut of the cantina scene and the film version (see below):

• For one thing, Greedo is speaking English, not the subtitled Rodian language of the film. Greedo also very explicitly tells Solo that he intends to kill him, further justifying the idea that Han shot first.

 • Many of the characters in Star Wars had their voices dubbed over by other actors in post-production. The rough cut reveals the English accents of the actors who play the bartender, Greedo, and Ponda Baba (the obnoxious space pirate who threatens and draws his blaster on Luke).

• After Obi-Wan attacks Ponda Baba with a lightsaber, there is a grisly shot of the severed arm on the ground. In the original footage, the arm has a flipper holding a gun, rather than an actual hand.

source: yahoo! movies

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