Biggs Darklighter: Why His Scenes Were Cut from Star Wars

20 October 2023

Biggs Darklighter, a character who grew up alongside Luke Skywalker on the arid planet of Tatooine, is a figure shrouded in cinematic mystery. Both characters shared a passion for mechanics and flying, dreaming of escaping their mundane lives. Biggs eventually joined the Imperial Academy, only to defect and align himself with the Rebel Alliance. He and Luke were reunited at the Rebel base on Yavin 4, where they participated in the iconic trench run against the Death Star—a mission from which only Luke returned.

The Man Behind Biggs: Garrick Hagon

Garrick Hagon, a seasoned British actor, portrayed Biggs Darklighter in the original 1977 Star Wars film. Prior to this role, Hagon was best known for his appearances in the Doctor Who series. He later made cameo appearances in films like Tom Cruise's "Mission Impossible" and Robert Redford's "Spy Game."

The Evolution of Biggs Darklighter's Character

In the early script drafts of Star Wars, Biggs underwent several transformations. Initially, he was conceived as King Kayos's son and Leia Organa's brother. In subsequent drafts, he became Luke Skywalker's younger sibling and then finally settled into the role of Luke's friend.

Although Biggs appears briefly in "A New Hope" (ANH), several scenes featuring him were filmed but ultimately cut.

One of the most poignant deleted scenes involves a conversation between Biggs and Luke as they observe a space battle in the sky above Tatooine. This scene would have added depth to Biggs' character and his relationship with Luke. However, it was left on the cutting room floor, reducing Biggs to a minor role in the final cut.

The scene where Biggs and Luke reunite on Yavin 4 was reintroduced in the 1997 re-release but was heavily edited. The original dialogue contained references to Luke's father, which would have created continuity issues given the revelations in "The Empire Strikes Back."

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Biggs Darklighter and Luke Skywalker in a deleted Scene from ANH

The Death of Biggs Darklighter

Biggs met his end during the trench run on the Death Star, where he was shot down while covering Luke's flank. His last moments were a far cry from the carefree days he spent with Luke back on Tatooine, dreaming of joining the Rebellion.

Garrick Hagon's Reaction to the Cuts

In interviews, Hagon has expressed a mix of admiration for the film and disappointment at the removal of his scenes. He noted that while the experience was thrilling, it was also disheartening to see how much of his contribution had been excised.

Hagon's Perspective on Star Wars

Garrick Hagon had little knowledge of the Star Wars universe when he auditioned for the role. Despite initial skepticism from the production crew and his unfamiliarity with science fiction, Hagon felt he had a strong on-set rapport with Mark Hamill. He believed that the exposure from the cut scenes would have been beneficial but understood that the four-minute scene was too lengthy to be condensed, leading to its removal.


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