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Jabba, you’re a wonderful human being.

– Han Solo, A New Hope

Today we remember Declan Mulholland who died today 1999

Declan Mulholland was the stand-in for Jabba in A New Hope in the scene that didn’t make it into the film until Special Edition. He was born 1932 in Northen Ireland, United Kingdom.

Before he became the slug we know as Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi the creature was referred to as a “hut”. The script establishes the “hut” to be a large, repulsive creature, fat, slug-like with eyes on extended feelers and a huge ugly mouth. This was an effect that George Lucas could not realize at the time.


Declan Mulholland in deleted scen 1977

the slug

the slug in Special Edition