Irvin Kershner Died (1923 – 2010)

November 29th, 2010 // 46 Comments
Irvin Kershner

Filmmaker Irvin Kershner died at age 87 Saturday after a three year battle with lung cancer, according to the Associated Press. He was most famously known for directing The Empire Strikes Back, a movie in which he fought George Lucas to include one of the most classic lines in sci-fi history:

“When I finally accepted the assignment, I knew that it was going to be a dark film, with more depth to the characters than in the first film,” he said. “It took a few years for the critics to catch up with the film and to see it as a fairy tale rather than a comic book.”
Kershner said he had only one sharp disagreement with Lucas. The script originally called for the heroine, Princess Leia, to tell space pilot Han Solo “I love you” and for him to reply “I love you, too.”
“I shot the line and it just didn’t seem right for the character of Han Solo,” Kershner said.
Instead, actor Harrison Ford improvised the reply: “I know.”

For those of you not old enough to know any better, there was actually a time when George Lucas was part of a collaborative effort where filmmakers weren’t afraid to say, “So, the Force is essentially AIDS, and Darth Vader built C-3PO? — Don’t talk the rest of the day.” Now, they’re simply fed to tigers. So, on that note, sincere thanks to Irvin for directing the quintessential movie of my childhood. Growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, December through March meant almost-daily viewings of Empire followed by my brother and I getting shoved outside by our parents to pretend we’re on Hoth.

Rest in Peace.


  1. They usually die in “3′s”. First Lesley Nielson, now this dude, wonder who the 3rd will be…

    • FattyFatty2X4

      How bout the entire cast of 60 Minutes? Please?

    • McFeely Smackup

      Who the 3rd will be?

      God damn I hate this jackassery, every time someone famous dies, there’s always some jackhole saying “it always happens in threes!”.

      What’s to say Kershner ISN’T the 3rd? Dino De Laurentiis recently died, as did Tom Bosley, so did Stephen J. Cannell, and Greg Giraldo, and let’s not forget the announcer from Wheel of Fortune. Just start and stop counting wherever you fucking want to make it THREE and you’ve got a god damned pattern!

      I hate you.

      • FattyFatty2X4

        Easy McFeely,
        I was angry when I wasn’t chosen “The most interesting people on the internet” too.
        Let it go, bro.

      • Who’s to say YOU aren’t? To be honest I don”t give a damn if he’s the first, second, third, fourth OR fifth. I didn’t know him on a personal level or the others you’re ranting uselessly about and I’m willing to bet YOUR dumb ass didn’t either.

        As far as the “it always happens in threes” cliche, yes there’s always some “jackhole” repeating it, just like there will always be some boring, fat repetative anal wart ( you in this case), bitching and moaning about it BEING said.

        Oh, and I don’t hate you, you’re not worthy enough, however I do hate the fact that you’re obviously some sorta weird assed, necro that actually keeps up with people that bite the big one. Go you.

      • FattyFatty2X4

        bitch PLEASE,
        remind me never to get on your bad side and no, i will not eat cracker’s in bed.
        If that’s what you prefer.

      • Heyzeus Hosay

        And Dino did Dune, another great. All the greats die in 3s! CMFAO!

  2. Nerd

    This “dude”? Get a clue you fucking idiot, this dude was the best thing to ever happen to the Star Wars universe. RIP Irvin.

    • ..yeah THIS DUDE….and why don’t you come and SHOW me how to “get a fucking clue”. Just because you sat on your geeky, no life having ass, jacking your 3 inch cock off, most likely while dressed as Yoda, to fucking Star Wars movies, DOESN’T mean the REST of us did…

      • ..and just because I referred to him as “dude”, does not mean I was trying to show him any disrespect, so you calm your pimple faced ass the fuck down over there BITCH.

      • mcfeely smackup

        you seem angry. did your daddy touch you…or stop touching you…or something?

      • bitch, careful, you know how touchy these Star Wars and Trekkie freaks are. They might, oh hell I don’t know, name their enemy in a game of Dungeons and Dragons or Wizards of Warcraft after you and then vanquish you with their mighty powers!!!

        Fucking dorks….

    • …and you seem confused mixed with ALOT of obvious. One minute you want to be Mcfeely Smackup (and you forgot to cap that last time around), then Fatty the next. Might I suggest that if you’re gonna post on a site “hiding” under someone else’s registered name, that you at least have enough fucking sense to SPACE your postings out, so that the times on them won’t bust your ass.

      Oh yeah, and my daddy never touched me, how could he when you were always gumming his cock? You silly forgetful monkey..

  3. k waitin for that third shoe to drop

    speaking of which registration for thedeadpool for 2011 started the other day. it’s fuuuunn….. :-)

  4. “Nerd” and “bitch PLEASE” tie for 2010′s “Internet Tough Guy” award.

  5. jojo

    Disagreeing with Lucas, and winning! This “dude” won’t be sneaking up to the pearly gates. The sound of his balls banging together like a set of oversized clackers should be enough for St. Pete.

  6. Fanboys: We love your movie the most.
    Kershner: I know.

  7. McFeely Smackup

    It’s not enough to say Empire Strikes Back was the best Star Wars movie, it was the ONLY one of them that was legitimately a good MOVIE. The rest were all fundamentally flawed by hackney writing, bad acting, or plot holes.

    The main thing the first movie had going for it was legitimizing the SciFi genre that didn’t really exist prior. Empire was genuinely good on it’s own merit. from there it all degenerated badly. Hell the second trilogy of prequels were so bad they plagerized people and plots from the first movies at EVERY opportunity.

    • FattyFatty2X4


    • U moron how old are u. Star wars legitimized scifi as a genre? Scigis been a regular genre since silent movies. Even the spec effects in the first sw were on gerry anderson shows before that. Bitch please indeed..

    • sobrietyisacrutch

      ” Hell the second trilogy of prequels were so bad they plagerized people and plots from the first movies at EVERY opportunity.”
      Um, how can the same author plagarize his own work?
      The prequels were meant to explain how the whole thing started. Don’t you think there would obviously be a BIT of repetition here and there?
      That being said, “Empire” WAS the best one.That was some evil shit going on for those days.

  8. dumbass

    which one did this weird looking freak direct, was it the one with those retarded annoying f”ing ewoks? If he directed the one with the f’ing ewoks, I’m finding out where they buried his wrinkly old ass, and depositing a big old cleveland steamer right on his grave. stupid goddamn ewoks. now I have to go on, find out what tool was responsible for jar jar binks, and go put a burning brown bag of sh!t on his porch, ring the doorbell, and run.

  9. Catalyst

    Superficial Writer, you’re from NEPA???!!!! I always knew you had a certain something, that fresh coat of wit with under carriage damaged from salt on the roads… But seriously so am I, what part? Does it almost rhyme with Pantone?

  10. Catalyst

    BTW, what McFeely said about “good MOVIE” and all.. word

  11. KMA

    Anyone notice he sort of resembles Yoda?

  12. tally

    this is what old people nobody cares.

  13. jumpin_j

    I thought the best line in Empire was, “IT’S A TRAP”! At least that’s the one quoted the most.

  14. Rhialto


  15. ethermonk


    Nice piece on Kershner, Fish. To call it a quintessential childhood movie of our generation is perhaps the highest compliment you can pay it.

  16. So other than directing Empire Strikes Back what else did this guy do? Oh ya, in the eyes of Science Fiction nerds, geeks, and losers all over the world it doesn’t matter. Hence why the guy who played Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamel I think, couldn’t get another gig for the life of him but can still go to Sci Fi conventions and get BJ’s from 40 and 50 something year olds (Used to be teenage and 20 something) that still have acne problems and live in their parents basement.

  17. KK

    One of the few people involved in the making of the saga who really loved Star Wars the way the fans did… in every interview he did, you can tell that he really respected the actors, the universe, and the potential of this “little” space fantasy to be something so beautiful, so personal, so full of darkness and full of so much more light BECAUSE of that darkness. The first Star Wars was wonderful in its simplicity, fast and fun and timeless to be sure, but Empire was what made the saga into great filmmaking, great storytelling, and one of the single biggest influences on the life of this fan, at least.

    May the Force be with him always.

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