Star Wars, one of the most famous phrases in history ... is false

Sure yo have say "Luke, I'm your father"... But the truth is that the vilian didn't say exactly that

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It was chosen as one of the most memorable phrases in the history of cinema. "Luke, I'm your father"

Many will have repeated it to satiety: "Luke, I am your father" . The phrase with the best kept secret in the galaxy was uncovered in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980).

But the truth is that Darth Vader never said "Luke, I'm your father." What the best-known "Star Wars" villain originally says is: "No, I am your father" . But it is that this phrase was not even written in the script of the film. A false page was inserted in the script. The actors didn't have it, nobody had it. It was a secret. So secret that Mark Hamill (Luke) didn't know until shortly before filming the mythical scene. It was Irven Kershner who told him: "Do you know that Darth Vader is your father?" You can imagine the surprise of the actor.

Mark Hamill (Luke) was told the truth, but David Prowse, who gave life to Darth Vader, had no idea. "Luke" was warned «David Prowse will tell you nonsense that doesn't matter, forget them. Use your own rhythm ». The phrase that David Prowse said in the shoot, as Hamill recalled on occasion, was: «You don't know the truth. Obi-Wan killed your father. The reason for not telling Prowse was none other than the known fact that Prowse was not good at keeping secrets. He liked to talk too much, especially with the press. And so he would have problems later with LucasFilm, the producer.

Exact quote

Although the phrase is usually cited as "Luke, I am your father," it is an inaccurate quote. The original quote made by James Earl Jones (who was in charge of the voice of Darth Vader's character even though David Prowse interpreted it) is as follows:

  • Darth Vader: "Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father."
  • Luke Skywalker: "He told me enough! He told me you killed him!"
  • Darth Vader: "No. I am your father."