The Cantina scene in Star Wars has always been one of the most fascinating of the whole franchise. Its mix of alien creatures not only provided us with a lot of additional action figures (how many other movies give so many extras their own toy?) but it helps build out the extent of the movie's universe, illustrate how large and multi-populous it is, in a simple way. Plus it gave us a catchy tune that will never leave our brains, and of course it's where we're introduced to Han Solo and Chewbacca. Then there's the matter of it later providing one of the biggest controversies in all of cinema, regarding the shooting of Greedo.
That's why it's such a fun scene to explore in great detail, and today we have Raiders of the Lost Tumblr and Dangerous Minds to thank for a bunch of old photos and drawings and a video pertinent to this exploration. There are behind-the-scenes images of masks and gloves and of Alfie Curtis in the makeup chair for his role as Dr. Cornelius Evazan (aka "Grubby Human") and some neat drawings showing the layout of the cantina and concept designs of the characters. Most fun of all, though, is the unedited version of the scene, where you get to see Han making out with a random woman (Jenny Cresswell) just before his meeting with Luke and Obi-Wan.
Watch below. And if you have trouble enjoying it without the sounds of Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes (aka the Cantina Band), you can always simultaneously run the video playing "Mad About Me" on a 10-hour loop. That should also be enough to keep you going while you stare at the pics down beneath the video, too. Visit both sites to see more.
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