The Desert Was a Problem

MGM

In the scenes parodying the Tatooine desert sequences in Star Wars, which were shot in Yuma, Arizona, Brooks and his team faced a problem familiar to all moviemakers who shoot on sand: Removing the tracks from the previous take.

“We had to get a blower or a sand broom out there to make sure that the sand was ready for the next take,” Brooks wrote in All About Me!

The desert shoot was hardest on professional mime Lorene Yarnell, who played the movie’s version of C-3PO, Dot Matrix, who was voiced by Joan Rivers.

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