100 Little Known Facts About Star Wars

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26Stormtroopers types

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


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


28. 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.


29. 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".


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


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31Deep Roy

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.


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


33. 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.


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


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


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36Darth Vader

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.


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


38. 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.


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


40. 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.


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41George Lucas

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.


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


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


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


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


46Keira Knightley

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


47. 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).


48. 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".


49. 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.


50. 20th Century Fox still owns Star Wars episodes 1-6 until 2020, except for A New Hope (4), which they will own forever

6 COMMENTS

  1. 67. Carrie Fisher wore no underwear in Star Wars because George Lucas convinced her “there is no underwear in outer space”

    She really fell for that line??? LOL

  2. Imagine if the cast for Palpatine accidentally said “Execute Order 65.”

    All of this bullshit would be over by then, since the clone would be hunting down Palpatine instead of massacring the Jedi.

  3. 40 has been debunked many times, including by Hamill himself. Yes, he was in an accident, but he was all healed up by the time “Empire” was being filmed.

    65–she also put in the scene at the end of the first Indiana Jones movies. Indy coming out and talking to Marian was not part of the original script; Marcia asked what happened to Marian: did they leave her behind?

    Makes a note of 86 in case I’m ever back in DC.

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