Little Known Facts About Star Wars

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was initially going to feature giant aliens called Gorax who lived on the forest moon of Endor. This would’ve explained why the Ewoks were so adept at fighting the large weaponized vehicles of the Empire, as their primitive traps were originally designed to hunt Gorax.

Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) was considered to play Han Solo in “Star Wars” and told his close friend who was sleeping on his couch, Mark Hamill, to go audition for the role of Luke Skywalker.

David Prowse, the actor playing Darth Vader for the majority of the Star Wars films doesn't get invited to official Star Wars Conventions.

The term ‘Sith’ is never mentioned in the original Star Wars trilogy.

In the Star Wars Universe, the style of music being played by the Cantina Band is known as "Jizz".

George Lucas originally offered the Star Wars roles of Darth Vader and Ben Kenobi to Toshiro Mifune, who starred in many of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai movies. These films, specifically The Hidden Fortress, had a great influence on the Star Wars series.

Star Wars the Force Awakens spent $50M more on advertising and trailers ($250M) than they did on production ($200M).

George Takei once called for peace between Star Wars and Star Trek fans to unite against Twilight fans.

When Disney bought LucasFilm, they also gained access to the "Holocron" created by Lucas. Holocron lists 17,000 characters in the Star Wars universe inhabiting several thousand planets over a span of more than 20,000 years.

The death star trench sequence in Star Wars was inspired by the RAF dam busting missions during WW2.

A soundbite of Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi was used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The crew took dialogue of Guinness saying the word “afraid” in the original Star Wars trilogy and then separated the middle sequence so he calls out “Rey” during her vision sequence.

Christopher Lee, the actor who played Saruman in LOTR and Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels, was related to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was the step-cousin of James Bond writer Ian Fleming, was a Flight Lieutenant in the British Royal Air Force during WW2 and killed multiple Nazis, climbed Mt. Vesuvius three days before it erupted, tripped over a live bomb and survived, and released a symphonic death metal album at the age of 88.

All of the old buildings from Star Wars, such as Obi-Wan's house, Mos Espa, and Lars Homestead, are still intact and can be visited at Tunisia.

Steven Spielberg still gets 2.5% of profits from Star Wars because while visiting the sets of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, George Lucas thought that movie would be a bigger hit than Star Wars. Spielberg disagreed and they both decided to trade 2.5% profit on each other's films.

Harrison Ford was paid $10000 for Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

As a joke on the editor of a Star Wars comic, a writer created a Jedi named Master Bates. The joke wasn’t noticed and it made it through to publishing.

For a short time during the development of the Star Wars Holiday Special, George Lucas contemplated marrying Han Solo to a Wookiee.

Jeremy Bulloch did not read lines or screen test when he auditioned to play Boba Fett in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and was only selected for the role because he fit inside the pre-made costume the best.

The world’s largest Lego structure is a 1:1 model of a Star Wars X-Wing fighter. It took 17,000 hours to build, weighs 23 tonnes, and contains 5.3 million LEGO bricks.

Carrie Fisher made George Lucas give her a copy of the Star Wars Christmas Special. She played it at the end of parties when she wanted everyone to leave.

The unique sound of Kylo Ren’s force powers in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was created by altering the sound effect of a cat purring.

Alec Guinness was one of the few cast members who believed that Star Wars would be a box office hit. He negotiated a deal for 2.25% of the gross royalties paid to the director, George Lucas, who received one fifth of the box office takings. This made him very wealthy in his later life.

Star Wars was inspired by the Japanese movie, "The Hidden Fortress".

Director J.J. Abrams broke his back trying to help Harrison Ford off the floor after the actor fell and broke his leg on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Christopher Lee, known for his work with LOTR and Star Wars, has the Guinness World Record for most film acting roles, and he has also released two metal albums.

After watching Star Wars, James Cameron decided to quit his job as a truck driver and entered into the film industry.

Mark Hamill was 63 years old while filming Star War: The Force Awakens, the same age as Sir Alec Guinness was while filming his scenes as Ben Kenobi in the original Star Wars film in 1977.

In Star Wars, the Jedi aren't necessarily the good guys, and the Sith aren’t necessarily the villains. They simply have competing ideas about how to use the force.

Michael Jackson attempted to persuade George Lucas into giving him the part of Jar Jar Binks in ‘Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace’, offering to play the role in full prosthetics.

While Lucas was filming Star Wars in Tunisia, the Libyan government became worried about a military vehicle parked near the border. The Tunisian government, receiving threats of military mobilization, politely asked Lucas to move his Sandcrawler away from the border.

Harrison Ford was only at Star Wars auditions to read lines with other actors, not to actually audition for any part. He was eventually cast as Han Solo, however, because all of his line-readings were better than the actors who were actually auditioning for the role.

George Lucas wanted to make a Flash Gordon movie but could not obtain the rights so instead, he created Star Wars.

It is impossible to obtain an original theatrical version of Star Wars. Every obtainable release has been altered in some way. Even some of the later theatrical releases in 1977 had changes made to them.

The double bladed lightsaber Darth Maul debuted in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace isn’t actually one complete unit, but two lightsabers welded together at the pommel. This explains why one blade still worked after it was sliced in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Mythbuster's Grant Imahara built the R2-D2 in Star Wars Ep.1&2 and the Energizer Bunny.

The Starkiller Base was originally going to run on dark matter in Star Wars: the Force Awakens. Though the idea was changed in the final cut of the film, the initial concept saw the First Order utilising science they barely understood to power the weapon, which would’ve had the ability to rip holes in space and time.

John Williams lost at the 50th Academy Awards (Close Encounters)to himself (Star Wars).

Natalie Portman missed the premier of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace to study for her high school finals.

Since George Lucas was originally planning on making 11 more Star Wars movies after the success of the first film, Boba Fett was created with the intention of becoming the central villain of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. However, shortly after production on the second film began, Lucas decided to end the series with Episode VI, and Fett’s role was heavily reduced.

Disney is using "anti-drone" drones to prevent people from spying on the set of Star Wars Episode VIII...

Nien Nunb, a minor character in the movie Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi caused Kenyan audiences to burst into laughter after they realised he spoke Kikuyu, the language of Kenya’s majority tribe.

Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, had been wheelchair-bound since 2011 due to his old age and height. However, when he found out Chewbacca would appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the actor underwent double knee surgery in 2013 in order to reprise the role.

Marcia Lucas, George Lucas’ then wife, was the reason for major changes to the Original Star Wars film. Obi Wan’s death, Leia’s good Luck Kiss and re-editing the trench run to increase tension were all her ideas. She won the Academy Award for editing the film while George did not for directing.

Academy Award-winning animator Phil Tippett admitted to tripping on LSD while working on the special effects of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

According to George Lucas, the entire Star Wars saga is told by R2D2, some hundred years after Return of the Jedi.

20th Century Fox was so worried about "Star Wars" being a failure in theaters that they paired booking it with the highly anticipated "The Other Side of Midnight", which became a box office flop.

When the King of Saudi Arabia visited Britain, the Welsh Guards welcomed him by playing the Star Wars Imperial March.

A now non-canonical Star Wars expanded universe comic revealed that R5-D4, the droid Luke Skywalker almost purchased from the Jawas in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope before it self-destructed, was force sensitive and had a vision that the Empire would reclaim the Death Star plans and kill Leia if Luke did not purchase R2-D2.

Carrie Fisher wore no underwear in Star Wars because George Lucas convinced her "there is no underwear in outer space".

George Lucas allowed the band members of 'N SYNC to make a cameo appearance in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones in order to appease his daughters. The footage was then cut out of the final version of the film.

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