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.
52. When the King of Saudi Arabia visited Britain, the Welsh Guards welcomed him by playing the Star Wars Imperial March.
53. Carrie Fisher wore no underwear in Star Wars because George Lucas convinced her "there is no underwear in outer space"
54. 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
55. Star Wars was inspired by the Japanese movie, "The Hidden Fortress"
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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.
57. 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.
58. George Lucas wanted to make a Flash Gordon movie but could not obtain the rights so instead, he created Star Wars
59. John Williams lost at the 50th Academy Awards (Close Encounters)to himself (Star Wars).
60. Disney is using "anti-drone" drones to prevent people from spying on the set of Star Wars Episode VIII...
According to George Lucas, the entire Star Wars saga is told by R2D2, some hundred years after Return of the Jedi.
62. Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels.
63. 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.
64. The Star Wars expanded universe featured an elaborate backstory for Han Solo's pants
65. 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.
Mark Hamill thought Star Wars might have been a parody film when he first read the script.
67. George Lucas 'ideally would love not to see any footage [of the newest Star Wars film: The Force Awakens] until he walks into the theater in December. He has never been able to be surprised by a Star Wars film before and he said he was looking forward to it.'
68. Colin McGregor, the brother of Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor, is a British RAF pilot and goes by the call-sign "Obi Two"
69. 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.
70. 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.
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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.)
72. 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.
73. 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.
74. 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.
75. 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