The live script read of The Empire Strikes Back gives fans humorous moment in romantic scene.

Who would’ve thought to do a live script read of what many Star Wars fans call the best movie of the original trilogy.  Well, the best movie of all the Star Wars films, let’s face it.

But writer/director Jason Reitman saw it fit to do such a thing.  Twenty-four years after it was released in theaters, The Empire Strikes Back is still considered one of the best movies in cinema, and for good reason.  The first movie introduced us to an amazing world, and Empire reinforced the story of good vs. evil, strengthening their core characters, and darkening up the storyline in a way that made us crave for more.

Nowadays, people of all ages can quote many a memorable lines from this movie, and at one point of the live script read, as Reitman narrates the pivotal scene in which Princess Leia declares her love for Han Solo, someone from the audience tries to encourage live action as well.

“Han turns to Princess Leia, they look sorrowfully at one another, and Han moves towards her to give her a final passionate kiss.”

At this point, a voice from the audience yells out something in regards to actors Ellen Page and Jessica Alba, who were sitting next to each other at the read and looking at each other in that moment, kissing each other, I assume.  The video (no longer available) doesn’t sound clear as to what exactly he said, but it has the whole audience laughing and having the narrator re-read the line before they resume.

No, they did not kiss.

The impressive cast of actors who were involved in the live script read are as follows:

  • Luke Skywalker – Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
  • Han Solo – Ellen Page (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
  • Princess Leia – Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For)
  • Darth Vader – J.K. Simmons (The Legend of Korra)
  • C-3P0 – Stephen Merchant (The Office, creator/writer)
  • Lando Calrissian – Dennis Haysbert (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For)
  • Yoda – Kevin Pollack (Mom)
  • Emperor and Obi-Wan Kenobi – Mark Hamill (Kingsman: The Secret Service)

It’s a talented, yet interesting, group of actors.  However, the fact that Ellen Page’s voice is suppose to be Han would probably throw me out of the story.  Plus, no one can deliver that line like Harrison Ford.  Still, kudos to all who participated.  Now get your VCRs (yes, VCRs) out and watch the real thing!

ESB live script read


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