A Few Star Wars Surprises

Star Wars…you have seen the movies hundreds of times and know the characters like your best friends.  You’ve collected all the toys, read all the books, and are pretty sure you know everything there is to know about these famed films.  Now here is the true test for all you die-hard fans…take a perusal at these interesting Star Wars facts and either pat yourself on the back for being an expert or allow yourself to be enlightened and educated on things you didn’t know.

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  •  In 1973, George Lucas, an unknown director, proposed the idea of a Star Wars film to Universal Studios and was rejected.  I bet Universal wishes they could rethink that decision!
  • While developing Star Wars, George Lucas drew on a great deal of inspiration from the works of Akira Kirasawa, most notably the films Hidden Fortress and Seven Samurai.  The characters of Han Solo and Yoda especially mirror characters in these films.
  • In addition to actress, Carrie Fisher, actresses, Sissy Spacek and Cindy Williams also auditioned for the role of Princess Leia.
  • Among the many technological innovations developed specifically for Star Wars was the widely used motion control camera, which matched motion of object to camera.  Other technological advances include stop motion capture and rotoscoping.

Luke Skywalker Full Jedi Ensemble with Boots:

Luke Skywalker Full Jedi Ensemble with Boots

  • In addition to the studio’s lack of confidence in Star Wars, the cast also had doubts due to the weird concepts and dialogue.  As a result, tension and awkwardness occurred frequently during filming.
  • In early drafts of the script, Luke Skywalker’s character was called Luke Starkiller.
  • While David Prowse, a weightlifter from Bristol, portrayed Darth Vader on screen, James Earl Jones voiced the character.  Jones was sure that the film would fail miserably and thus, did not allow his name to appear in the original credits.
  • The idea for Chewbacca came to George Lucas one morning while watching his wife drive off in her car with their dog, Indiana.  He was amused by the way the shaggy dog looked in the passenger seat and decided to create a character that was a mix of Indiana, a bear, and a monkey.

 

Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Cloak:

Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Cloak

  • The actors who played R2-D2 and C-3PO both had issues with their costumes.  Even though these outfits were blowing in cool air, the actors frequently passed out in them due to heat stroke.
  • Because of budget restraints, the American cast and crew (including George Lucas) agreed to fly coach rather than first class to England.
  • The “sith” was originally called the “damned”, but due to the emergence of a British punk rock band in 1977 with the same name, George Lucas was forced to dub the word “damned” over with ”sith” in post-production.  As a result, Lucas despises punk rock music to this day!

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