STAR WARS: New Book Makes RETURN OF THE JEDI's Widely Mocked "Force-Kick" Part Of Official Canon

STAR WARS: New Book Makes RETURN OF THE JEDI's Widely Mocked "Force-Kick" Part Of Official Canon STAR WARS: New Book Makes RETURN OF THE JEDI's Widely Mocked "Force-Kick" Part Of Official Canon

One of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi biggest bloopers comes when Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker kicks one of Jabba the Hutt's goons to their death...without touching them. A new book offers an explanation!

By JoshWilding - Sep 03, 2023 10:09 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars

The original Star Wars trilogy remains beloved, but A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi were all dreamed up by George Lucas during a very different time for filmmaking. 

That goes some way in explaining why the legendary director would later make a series of sweeping changes across multiple re-releases, using modern technology to improve what he perceived as glaring flaws in his movies. However, there was one issue not even the legendary writer and director could fix. 

During the battle aboard Jabba the Hutt's skiff in front of the Sarlac Pit, Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker can be seen kicking a goon to his death. The problem is, the Jedi Knight's foot never actually made contact with the unnamed baddie, resulting in what's become an infamous blooper.

It's an obvious error that shouldn't have made the final cut; Hamill obviously wasn't going to strike his fellow actor but camera trickery should have been used to disguise that fact, something which is the norm for films even today. 

In the newly released book Return of the Jedi: From a Certain Point of View, that character is given a name, Sion, and we finally learn what actually happened. 

"He had him," reads an excerpt from the short story which takes place from the villain's point of view. "There was no space to parry and no space to swing, and - and he hadn’t accounted for the kick, not at this distance."

The implication here is that Luke used a Force kick to take out Sion, a theory that's often been suggested by fans over the years. As a result, this infamous mistake has finally been addressed with an explanation that, while a little silly, makes sense. 

Even Mark Hamill has got in on the fun in recent years, dubbing it a "Force-Kick" way back in 2016 and responding to a fan earlier this year to ask, "How could anyone possibly be bothered by my widely celebrated, perfectly executed Force-Kick?"

Remind yourself of Luke's widely discussed "Force-Kick" below. 

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mastakilla39 - 9/3/2023, 10:48 AM
Thought it was always canon. Explains why Rey can kick 3 people in TLJ
mastakilla39 - 9/3/2023, 10:50 AM
She also used Jedi mind trick without waving her hands to make the 3 guards run away too. Can't believe fans thought it was a action choreagraphy mistake. We know nothing about Star Wars, all hail the SW directors.
bobevanz - 9/3/2023, 10:51 AM
@mastakilla39 - that movie really killed Star Wars as a whole, I guess that's what happens when you hire a pretentious DB and use his first draft as the script!
MartianManHuntr - 9/3/2023, 11:24 AM
@mastakilla39 - yes it was all part of plan. The force!!

Toonstrack - 9/3/2023, 3:53 PM
@bobevanz - you mean a star wars fan? Thats who they hired.

And he made the best SW movie since empire.

One of the best action scenes too
bobevanz - 9/3/2023, 10:52 AM
Kathleen Kennedy is a hack, that is all. Most producers are coat tail riders, well the ones who can't write or direct
KaptainKhaos - 9/3/2023, 11:10 AM
@bobevanz - Thanks for fulfilling the Kathleen Kennedy mention quota for the day, your service is greatly appreciated
JobinJ - 9/3/2023, 10:52 AM
Star Wars Nerds ruminate over everything for years....

its a blooper. period..
santoanderson - 9/3/2023, 11:18 AM
Star Wars director: “This extra, running through the shot. He needs to be holding something. Something sci-fi-ish like (runs to craft service table) this ice cream maker!”

Star Wars nerds, 40 years later: “Ummm, actually that’s a Camtomo safe which, uhhh, that character was smuggling important rebellion-related documents inside of!”
theFUZZ008 - 9/3/2023, 11:25 AM
Holy [frick], who cares?
BobbyW - 9/3/2023, 12:04 PM
@theFUZZ008 - You did.
MartianManHuntr - 9/3/2023, 11:27 AM
This title is always funny

AnthonyVonGeek - 9/3/2023, 11:57 AM
“Source: SFFGazette“
DudeGuy - 9/3/2023, 12:03 PM

ThorArms - 9/3/2023, 12:06 PM
That's funny

Not a force kick would be one of the most normal force abilities honestly compared to some of the newer stuff
bl0odwerk - 9/3/2023, 1:14 PM
There's nothing infamous about it. Shit like that used to happen in movies all the time. Also, this was before nerds studied every single thing and tried to make up an explanation for it. It was a stunt blooper, if you want to go that far, but that's all there is to it.
Thing94 - 9/3/2023, 1:16 PM
SonOfAGif - 9/3/2023, 1:31 PM
Hear me out. Why doesn't Disney/Filoni retcon the new trilogy by making the entire thing a Force Premonition Luke experiences at the Jedi Academy? Have it where he removes his hand from above Kylo and foresees the events of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker? And instead of him killing Kylo, He travels to Jakuu to find Rey and train her. He then proceeds to look for an older Ahsoka and the rest of the surviving Jedi to travel to Exegol to kill the emperor and thwart the next wave of First Order fleet.
Toonstrack - 9/3/2023, 3:54 PM
@SonOfAGif - because that's stupid.
Rastarapha - 9/3/2023, 2:10 PM
Can we stop making star wars content based on reddit post ?

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