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:"''Of all the younger guys around, all the hot shots, why me? I remember he said, 'Well, because you know everything a Hollywood director is supposed to know, but you're not Hollywood.' I liked that''."
 
:"''Of all the younger guys around, all the hot shots, why me? I remember he said, 'Well, because you know everything a Hollywood director is supposed to know, but you're not Hollywood.' I liked that''."
   
Irvin Kershner originally turned down George Lucas's request to direct ''The Empire Strikes Back'' because he did not believe he could possibly improve upon ''[[Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope|A New Hope]]''. Kershner agreed after Lucas told him he would concentrate on visual effects at the [[Skywalker Ranch]] and would leave directorial control to him; Kershner said Lucas told him it would be "(his) picture."<ref name="DVD Commentary">''[[Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back|The Empire Strikes Back]]'' [[Wikipedia:DVD|DVD]] Commentary</ref> Kershner wanted to take ''The Empire Strikes Back'' in a more serious direction than the first film, although he did not want to stray too far from what Lucas described as the "Saturday matinee, fun kind of film" it had been.<ref name="DVD Commentary" /> Kershner later described directing the film as "one of the great experiences of my life."<ref name="DVD Commentary" />
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Irvin Kershner originally turned down George Lucas's request to direct ''The Empire Strikes Back'' because he did not believe he could possibly improve upon ''[[Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope|A New Hope]]''. Kershner agreed after Lucas told him he would concentrate on visual effects at the [[Skywalker Ranch]] and would leave directorial control to him; Kershner said Lucas told him it would be "(his) picture."<ref name="DVD Commentary">''[[Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back|The Empire Strikes Back]]'' [[Wikipedia:DVD|DVD]] Commentary</ref> Kershner wanted to take ''The Empire Strikes Back'' in a more serious direction than the first film, although he did not want to stray too far from what Lucas described as the "Saturday matinee, fun kind of film" it had been.<ref name="DVD Commentary" /> Kershner later described directing the film as "one of the great experiences of my life." Kershner also had his funnier moments. For example, at the end of ''The Empire Strikes Back'', Kershner wanted Luke to feel pain in his cybernetic hand, or the audience would find Luke putting his arm around Leia a little bit creepy. <ref name="DVD Commentary" />
   
 
Irvin Kershner passed away at the age of 87 on the 27th of November, 2010 in [[wikipedia:Los Angeles, California|Los Angeles]], [[wikipedia:California|California]], after a long string of illnesses.<ref name="death">{{SW|url=themovies/episode_v/irvin_kershner_remembered|text=Irvin Kershner Remembered: George Lucas}}</ref><ref>[http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101129/ennew_afp/entertainmentfranceusfilmdirector 'Empire Strikes Back' director Kershner dies in LA], AFP, November 29, 2010.</ref>
 
Irvin Kershner passed away at the age of 87 on the 27th of November, 2010 in [[wikipedia:Los Angeles, California|Los Angeles]], [[wikipedia:California|California]], after a long string of illnesses.<ref name="death">{{SW|url=themovies/episode_v/irvin_kershner_remembered|text=Irvin Kershner Remembered: George Lucas}}</ref><ref>[http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101129/ennew_afp/entertainmentfranceusfilmdirector 'Empire Strikes Back' director Kershner dies in LA], AFP, November 29, 2010.</ref>

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Irvin Kershner, nicknamed "Kersh," (April 29, 1923November 27, 2010) was the director of the 1980 film, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Kershner had directed several major film and television hits, but retired in 1994 after completing SeaQuest DSV.

Biography

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Irvin Kershner and Carrie Fisher on the set of The Empire Strikes Back

A film instructor and mentor of George Lucas at USC, Kershner summarized his interaction with Lucas when asked to direct The Empire Strikes Back:

"Of all the younger guys around, all the hot shots, why me? I remember he said, 'Well, because you know everything a Hollywood director is supposed to know, but you're not Hollywood.' I liked that."

Irvin Kershner originally turned down George Lucas's request to direct The Empire Strikes Back because he did not believe he could possibly improve upon A New Hope. Kershner agreed after Lucas told him he would concentrate on visual effects at the Skywalker Ranch and would leave directorial control to him; Kershner said Lucas told him it would be "(his) picture."[1] Kershner wanted to take The Empire Strikes Back in a more serious direction than the first film, although he did not want to stray too far from what Lucas described as the "Saturday matinee, fun kind of film" it had been.[1] Kershner later described directing the film as "one of the great experiences of my life." Kershner also had his funnier moments. For example, at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, Kershner wanted Luke to feel pain in his cybernetic hand, or the audience would find Luke putting his arm around Leia a little bit creepy. [1]

Irvin Kershner passed away at the age of 87 on the 27th of November, 2010 in Los Angeles, California, after a long string of illnesses.[2][3]

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