Few franchises are as scrutinized as Star Wars, and fans have been poring over the groundbreaking space saga since its debut. However, one question still stumps followers to this day: why does Luke look so different between 1977’s A New Hope and 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back? Well, after years of speculation, fans may now know why.
In 1977 Mark Hamill was on the top of the world. Though still not famous in Hollywood, the actor had just finished filming a mysterious movie named Star Wars in which he played the main character of Luke Skywalker. But his rise to fame would be hampered by one devastating incident mere months before the film’s release.
While out driving his BMW on the freeway on January 11, 1977, Hamill made a colossal mistake. “I was speeding, going too fast,” he told Gossip magazine the following year. “What happened, I think, was that I tried to negotiate an off-ramp and lost control, tumbled over and went off the road.”