Since the first release of his blockbuster Star Wars series in 1977 to upcoming Episode VII, fans of the franchise can see the evolution of computer generated graphics, imaginative characters, and yes, even facial hair.
In fact, facial hair is so important to the Star Wars universe that Mark Hamill was reportedly contractually obligated to grow a beard for his role in The Force Awakens. In addition, a Reddit user reported that he had lost his chance at a role in the film because he shaved his beard.
But let’s imagine a world in which your favorite Star Wars characters lacked the “wise Jedi” facial hair you’ve come to know and love, and instead were as clean shaven as a member of George Steinbrenner’s Yankees clan (oddly enough nicknamed the “The Evil Empire”). Just what would they look like?
We wanted to find out, so we took the modern day digital equivalent of a safety razor (photoshop) to some of the most notable faces to see what we could come up with. As Yoda would say, “Do or do not, there is no try,” right? Check out the graphics below.
Admiral Ozzel (guy who Vader force chokes)
Obi Won Kenobi
Obi Won Kenobi (young)
Major Bren Derlin
Luke Skywalker (old)