ByJess O'Kane, writer at
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Jess O'Kane

There are few settings more resonant to a Star Wars fan than the Mos Eisley Cantina, a dive bar in the city of Mos Eisley on Tattooine first introduced in Episode IV: A New Hope.

Not only is it the setting for some of the most groundbreaking special effects seen in cinema, it's where the famous showdown between Hans Solo and Greedo happens.

Who really shot first? In Harrison Ford's words, we don't know and we don't care.

What's more important is what the Cantina does for George Lucas's worlds; it's the first time we really see the diversity of the galaxy, with hordes of species and rough types.

In its day, it was one of the most ambitious undertakings for any special effects team.

Legendary makeup artist Stuart Freeborn supervised the scene, and is pictured applying makeup to Tommy Ilsley, the unfortunate Ponda Baba who picks a fight with Luke and gets his arm chopped off by Obi-Wan.

It really must have been an incredible undertaking, and these pictures show just how much it took to create the fantasy worlds we know and love.

Star Wars Episode VII is released in 2015.

(Source: Giant Freakin Robot)


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