Interesting Facts About Star Wars

In the early drafting of Star Wars, stormtroopers carried lightsabers, and there were female storm troopers.

George Lucas was neither the director, producer, or screenwriter for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The film eventually became the most critically acclaimed chapter in the Star Wars saga.

In Star Wars: Episode III, Ewan McGregorand Hayden Christensen (Obi-Wan & Anakin) practiced their duel so much and so long that as a result, the speed that Obi-Wan & Anakin duel (in the completed film) is at the actual speed it was filmed. The scene is better known as "The Duel on Mustafar".

In an effort to preserve the language, 'Star Wars' is being dubbed in Navajo.

Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars) had to be accompanied by people wearing brightly-colored vests while filming Endor scenes in the Pacific Northwest, as to not be mistaken for Bigfoot and shot.

For the original Star Wars, Lucas paid a fine and resigned from the Directors Guild rather than obey its demand that he begin with the conventional opening credits.

Topher Grace edited together the Star Wars prequels into an 85-minute film that was described by Peter Sciretta of Slashfilms as "probably the best possible edit of the Star Wars prequels given the footage released and available."

When filming in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Ewan McGregor kept imitating the noise of the lightsaber during his fights. George Lucas explained many times that this would be added in by the special effects people later on. Ewan kept saying "I keep getting carried away".

Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels.

George Lucas really thinks Empire Strikes Back is the worst Star Wars movie.

George Lucas considered casting the principal characters of Star Wars as dwarfs.

George Lucas built his $4 Billion ‘Star Wars’ empire by accepting a salary of $125K instead of $1M in the first Star Wars movie, but keeping the right to direct sequels and licensing (sell toys, posters, T-shirt, etc.)

Deep Roy is the only actor to hold the "science fiction trifecta," having appeared in Star Wars, Star Trek and Doctor Who. He has also been in X-Files, NeverEnding Story, and Transformers.

There exists an infamous Star Wars trading card of C-3PO in which it appears the droid is sporting a ginormous erection, and nobody is quite sure how it happened.

Jurassic Park's visual effects were so groundbreaking to filmmakers that it inspired George Lucas to start working on the Star Wars prequels, Stanley Kubrick to invest in the pet project, A.I Artificial Intelligence, and Peter Jackson to work on Lord of the Rings.

Even though Star Wars has an incredibly complex and deep universe, Yoda's species was never named.

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) had an affair with then-married Harrison Ford (Han Solo) during their filming of the Star Wars films.

The Library of Congress in the US has the unadulterated 35mm print of "Star Wars" submitted to them in 1977 for copyright, and anyone can watch it by prior appointment.

Star Wars Emperor Palpatine is played by the actress Marjorie Eaton in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980). As nobody received on-screen credit for playing the Emperor (other than voice actor Clive Revill), the identity of the actor was initially unclear.

Traditional firearms exist in the Star Wars universe. They are called "slugthrowers" and are preferred weapons of bounty hunters for their unique advantages over blasters.

The Star Wars expanded universe featured an elaborate backstory for Han Solo's pants.

George Lucas's original plans for a Star Wars sequel trilogy would have Hamill, Fisher, and Harrison portraying their characters "sixty or seventy years old". Currently, the actors are 61, 56, and 70, respectively.

Carrie Fisher was a script doctor (uncredited writer brought in to fix a movie) on Hook, Sister Act, Lethal Weapon 3, The Wedding Singer, and all 3 of the Star Wars prequels.

Mark Hamill was in a car accident that caused substantial facial trauma a day before he finished shooting the original Star Wars. An in-universe explanation for his scarring was developed for The Empire Strikes Back, where he is mauled by a Wampa, allowing him to continue the trilogy.

In the Star Wars universe, there is a Sith lord, Darth Vectivus, who became a Sith strictly out of curiosity. He maintained the ethics he'd kept as a businessman, engaged in no extreme violence, used the Dark Side of the Force as a tool for study, and died at his home among friends and family.

Star Wars: The Old Republic was the most expensive game ever made.

Despite the lyrics he wrote in the song Bicycle Race "I don't like Star Wars", Freddie Mercury actually liked Star Wars a lot.

The production of Star Wars, Peter Cushing found Grand Moff Tarkin's boots, furnished by the wardrobe department, to be very uncomfortable. George Lucas agreed to limit shots where Cushing's feet would be visible, allowing him to wear his own slippers.

George Lucas refused to send an original print of Star Wars for preservation at the National Film Registry.

John Knoll was the visual effects supervisor of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, won an Oscar for Pirates of the Caribbean movie and also invented Photoshop.

Mark Hamill thought Star Wars might have been a parody film when he first read the script.

With inflation, the original Star Wars made the equivalent of $1,453,455,900 today.

The Machete Order, a supposed superior way to watch the Star Wars saga. It sets up the story with Ep IV and V then uses the prequels as a flashback (excluding Ep I) and ties it all together with Ep VI.

20th Century Fox still owns Star Wars episodes 1-6 until 2020, except for A New Hope (4), which they will own forever.

Star Wars Fans have spent countless hours to make a "Star Wars: Despecialized Edition" Which is The original, Unaltered Trilogy in HD.

The Star Wars character, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader meets six of the nine diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD), one more than necessary for a diagnosis.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was co-written by Lawrence Kasdan, the same man who wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

No physical clone trooper armor was ever produced for Star Wars prequels. Every Clone trooper was CGI.

Keira Knightley was Natalie Portman's double in Star Wars episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Colin McGregor, the brother of Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor, is a British RAF pilot and goes by the call-sign "Obi Two".

The sounds of the TIE fighters in star wars were a combo of an elephant call and a car driving on wet pavement.

When Coppola and Lucas (close friends and filmmaking buddies) were planning Apocalypse Now (which George Lucas was originally supposed to direct) they gave a small role to their carpenter, Harrison Ford, in return for Ford's work on a desk for Coppola's office. Ford also got a role in Lucas' American Graffiti a few years prior this same way. During the casting for Star Wars, Lucas needed someone to read Han Solo's lines while the actor's auditioned for Luke. He quickly asked Ford to do it, and afterwards, one of the producers there came up to Lucas and pointed out that he already had his Han Solo in Ford. (Thus beating out Kurt Russell for the role).

George Lucas gave Mel Brooks his blessing to make Spaceballs on the condition that no action figures be made, as they could be confused with actual Star Wars toys.

In Star-Wars, all lightsabers were supposed to be white. The Blue / Red distinction was made during post-production.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: During production, great secrecy surrounded the fact that Darth Vader was Luke's father. Like the rest of the crew, Prowse—who spoke all of Vader's lines during filming—was given a false page that contained dialogue with the revelatory line being "Obi-Wan killed your father." Hamill did not learn of the plot point until just before the scene was filmed, astounding the actor; Kershner advised him to ignore Prowse's dialogue and "use your own rhythm".

Mark Hamill has responded a few times to questions about Luke's sexuality in Star Wars saying “If you think Luke is gay, of course, he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.”

David Prowse (Darth Vader) was offered one of two roles in Star Wars by George Lucas. The first was Chewbacca. The second was the villain. Before Lucas had a chance to explain the role, Prowse accepted it. Why? Because according to him people never forget the villain.

Jon Stewart had a planet named after him in the Star Wars universe simply by asking George Lucas where Obi-Wan came from.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith has the most visual effects for any film, ever.

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