Trivial Pursuit, but hey, it’s the weekend

Star Wars came out in 1977, and the initial film as shown did not have any scene with Jabba the Hutt. Then the 1997 re-release did, and it created a big huh? for us. That’s because the physical depiction of Jabba resembled in some ways the owner of 20th Century Fox, Marvin Davis, a joke by Lucas no doubt. (As a banker we spent a fair amount of enjoyable time with Marvin.)

But Davis didn’t buy Fox until 1981, so how could a 1977 movie suddenly have him in it, as it clearly did in Return of the Jedi in 1983. The answer is that the original 1977 scene, not in the movie, featuring Declan Mulholland as Jabba, was left out of the original movie, but when the 1997 re-release was done, they used a CGI Jabba instead of Declan. We really liked Marvin Davis and hope everyone gets a chuckle out of this.

Super LA bonus: Marvin’s office was on the 29th floor of the building you now know as Nakatomi Plaza.

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