5 Exclusive Photos from ‘The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’

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Harrison Ford Rests on The Plank
Harrison Ford Rests on The Plank
Courtesy of Lucasfilm, The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler (on sale Oct.1)
Han Solo plays it cool even when he's in Tatooine's Dune Sea (or the Sahara desert in Tunisia) and it's over 100 degrees. With Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew and Jedi director Richard Marquand nearby, Harrison Ford relaxes on the plank above the Sarlacc pit. Maybe he's mentally preparing exactly what inflection he'll give when he calls Jabba the Hutt a piece of "worm-ridden filth."
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Infiltrating the Imperial Bunker
Infiltrating the Imperial Bunker
Courtesy of Lucasfilm, The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler (on sale Oct.1)
Han, Leia, and a team of Rebel commandos infiltrate the Death Star's shield generator bunker on the forest moon of Endor. Clutching their blasters, they're ready to take on the Empire.
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In the Emperor's Throne Room
In the Emperor's Throne Room
Courtesy of Lucasfilm, The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler (on sale Oct.1)
Writer-producer George Lucas (left) and director Richard Marquand (right) talk shop in the Emperor's throne room, built at the U.K.'s Elstree Studios. The stairs where they're sitting feature significantly in the final lightsaber duel between Luke and Darth Vader.
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In Jabba's Palace
In Jabba's Palace
Courtesy of Lucasfilm, The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler (on sale Oct.1)
Director Richard Marquand preps Mark Hamill for the scene in which he first confronts Jabba the Hutt at his Tatooine palace. Note the pig-snouted Gamorrean guard in the background. Methinks he may be the one who's gobbled up by that Rancor.
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Palpatine Uncowled
Palpatine Uncowled
Courtesy of Lucasfilm, The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler (on sale Oct.1)
You see Palpatine's deformed noggin in its entirety in Revenge of the Sith but never in Return of the Jedi. He's got his Sithly hood up at all times. So the makeup artists only gave actor Ian McDiarmid the Emperor's wrinkles and folds around the front two-thirds of his head. The back, unseen because of the hood, was left untouched.

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