In various Star Wars documentaries it is mentioned that Mark Hamill and George Lucas were apparently the only two people on set who knew that James Earl Jones would eventually dub Vader with the famous "Luke, I am your father" line. David Prowse actually had a different line in his script.

Is it documented anywhere what that line was? What did he say that was equally deserving of Luke's reaction?

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    "Luke, I am your mother." NO-o-o-o-o! That's Impossible!
    – wbogacz
    Mar 8, 2012 at 23:52
  • The famous quote is actually, "No, I am your father."
    – Chris
    Mar 24, 2017 at 4:15
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    The line spoken by James Earl Jones is actually, "No, I am your father." This is almost always misquoted, as in your question.
    – sirjonsnow
    Mar 24, 2017 at 12:32

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I believe he actually said, "Obi-Wan killed your father."

I'll go find some proof.

From Wikipedia:

In the original film, Skywalker is told by Obi-Wan Kenobi that his father, Anakin Skywalker, was betrayed and murdered by Kenobi's own apprentice, Darth Vader. However, in The Empire Strikes Back, Vader himself reveals that he is actually Anakin. According to director Irvin Kershner, the shooting script had a false page with Vader's dialogue implicating Kenobi as the murderer of Luke's father, but at the time, only he, George Lucas, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and producer Gary Kurtz were privy to the knowledge that Vader and Anakin were to be the same person.

Moments before the scene was filmed, Mark Hamill, the actor playing Luke, was taken aside privately and told the truth by Kershner, who encouraged him to ignore the dialogue Prowse was speaking and "use your own rhythm compared to what he's doing". During filming, Prowse performed the false lines, while the real lines were later spoken by James Earl Jones in post production – the majority of the cast, including Prowse, were not aware of this plot twist until the first screening of the finished film; at the premiere of the film, Prowse was taken aback, and spoke privately to Kershner later, saying that he (in Kershner's words) "would have done it differently" had he known of the twist. In later years, Prowse claimed he would sometimes deliver joke versions of his lines in Empire and Jedi, knowing that the vocal takes would not be used.

  • I should point out that I've been doing some more digging, and several sites seem to think that he said "Obi-Wan IS your father," instead of 'KILLED'. I'm a bit of a geek, and am pretty sure it was actually 'killed', unless someone wants to offer up viable evidence to the contrary.
    – Nobby
    Mar 9, 2012 at 0:01
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    I agree - 'Killed' makes much more sense than 'Is'
    – iandotkelly
    Mar 9, 2012 at 1:25
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    @Nobby I don't know it, but I think the "killed" version makes more sense, as the other crew on the set would surely have wondered about Luke's heavy reaction to the "is" version, since he really liked Obivan.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Mar 9, 2012 at 14:10
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    It's quite a nice in world line as well as Vader would blame Obi Wan for the "death" of Anakin
    – Liath
    Jun 20, 2013 at 8:22

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