Star Wars :- How many of these Star Wars facts do you know? Even the most dedicated Jedi might be surprised at what goes on in the Galactic Empire.
1. YODA ORIGINALLY HAD A FIRST NAME.
AIn early drafts of the screenplay Yoda was actually named “Buffy,” which was completely changed in subsequent drafts to the full name “Minch Yoda,” and then shortened to just Yoda.
2. STANLEY KUBRICK CAUSED MORE DELAYS IN SHOOTING.
Sets were built for The Empire Strikes Back at Elstree Studios, where Kubrick was shooting The Shining at the same time. A massive fire broke out there in February 1979, burning down an entire soundstage.
3. LUKE SKYWALKER IS THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES.
Though equally inspired by fairy tales, westerns, and 1930s sci-fi serials, George Lucas based the framework of the story for the original Star Wars (1977) around the theories of Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
4. HARRISON FORD CAST
Lucas shared the seven-month-long casting sessions for Star Wars with his friend and fellow director Brian De Palma, who was casting for Carrie at the same time.
Lucas was looking for unknown faces that he had never worked with before, and initially brought in Harrison Ford—who had appeared as the antagonist street racer Bob Falfa in Lucas’s American Graffiti.
5. Boba Fett’s face is actually visible in the original movies.
You may think you never see Boba Fett’s face in the original trilogy, but the actor who played Fett, Jeremy Bulloch, did stand in for an Imperial officer at the last minute.
6. Return of the Jedi almost had a very different ending.
In a story development session for Return of the Jedi, George Lucas toyed with the idea that after Luke removes dying Vader’s helmet, he puts it on, proclaims “Now I am Vader” and turns to the dark side.
7. Yoda’s species
The species to which the legendary Jedi Master Yoda belonged was ancient and shrouded in mystery. The species had two sexes: male and female. Members of that species were small in size, with green skin and long pointed ears. Their three-fingered hands ended in claws
8. Yoda is not a Muppet.
Legendary Muppeteer Frank Oz voiced Yoda and Jim Henson oversaw his creation, but he was built by a member of Lucasfilm. So don’t expect to see him at Kermit’s holiday party.
9. THE NAME “DARTH VADER” WASN’T ANYTHING SPECIAL TO LUCAS.
“That’s just another one of those things that came out of thin air. It sort of appeared in my head one day,” Lucas said in J.W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars. He later told Rolling Stone: “‘Darth’ is a variation of dark. And ‘Vader’ is a variation of father. So it’s basically Dark Father.”
10. There are no female fighter pilots in the original trilogy.
Even though female fighter pilots were in the original screenplay, they were removed from final cut.
The Rebel Alliance was an equal opportunity employer. Too bad the real men behind the movies weren’t. For decades, Princess Leia has operated in the Star Wars universe under the Smurfette Principle. As the only female in the main cast until Mon Mothma came around (Mara Jade notwithstanding), she was the only role model in the series for girls to emulate. Or so we thought.
11. Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odysseyshare almost the exact same production crew.
George Lucas admired Stanley Kubrik, and when he set out to make Star Wars. He hired so many people who worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey that the group was referred to as “The Class of 2001.”
12. LUKE AND LEIA’S SWING ACROSS THE DEATH STAR CHASM WAS FOR REAL KIND OF.
The relatively small production of Star Wars at England’s Elstree Studios meant that corners had to be cut wherever possible. Even for the main actors. When it came time for Luke and Leia to perform the iconic swing over the Death Star chasm, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had to do it themselves because the production couldn’t afford stunt doubles.
13. E.T. was in The Phantom Menace sort of.
The alien race of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial makes an appearance in Episode I: The Phantom Menace — officially connecting the worlds of Lucas and Spielberg sci-fi. A senator and his delegation from planet Brodo Asogi are present in the Grand Convocation Chamber when Queen Amidala calls for a vote of no confidence.
14. Liam Neeson was too tall for Star Wars.
The sets for The Phantom Menace were only as tall as the actors, but they didn’t account for 6’4″ Liam Neeson. They had to rebuild all the door frames for Qui-Gon Jinn, which racked up an additional $150,000 in production costs.
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15. Cliff Clavin makes a cameo in Empire.
Cheers and Toy Story actor John Ratzenberger has a brief appearance inEmpire Strikes Back. He’s the one who tells Han not to go out into the cold to look for Luke. Then he sits down for a beer with Norm.