The newest addition to the Star Wars franchise, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has blown away box office records with earnings of over $40 million from the US alone. Bet you didn’t know some of these other awesome facts about “Star Wars”.
Monkey Or Yoda?
Originally, George Lucas intended for Yoda to be a monkey with a cane. In the end, he became, well…Yoda. Does anyone actually know what Yoda is supposed to be anyways?
No One Said Ewok In The Film
Throughout the entire original trilogy, no character ever actually referred to these little guys as being called Ewoks.
The Epic Repetitive Sentence
For any major fan of the saga, there is one phrase that is continuously used throughout each film, “I have a bad feeling about this”, or “I have a very bad feeling about this”.
Episode VI Different Ending
“Return Of The Jedi” could have ended in an entirely different way. George Lucas intended for Luke to remove Darth Vader’s helmut at the end of the film and put it on himself saying, “Now I am Vader”, then turning to the dark side of the force!
“Star Wars” not for Obi-Wan
The “Star Wars” franchise made actor, Alec Guinness, millions for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, this wise Jedi hated the films and referred to them as “fairy-tale rubbish”.
Slippers On Set
Actor, Peter Cushing, demanded his shoes be kept out of the shot. His role as Grand Moff Tarkin required him to wear boots which were apparently so uncomfortable that for most of his scenes he wore slippers.
For the trash compactor scene, Mark Hamill had to hold his breath for such a long time that he actually burst a blood vessel on his face. The crew had to film the shot in such a way so no one would notice it on camera.
May The Toes Be With Him
We’re still not sure what species Yoda is so maybe this is just part of his character, but the amount of toes he’s got changes from each film!
Skywalker or Starkiller?
Our favourite Jedi, Luke Skywalker, was almost named Luke Starkiller. After the filming started the name was switched to Skywalker.
2001:A Space Odyssey/Star Wars
If you’re a fan of both “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Star Wars”, other than the obvious reasons, it might be because George Lucas hired the majority of the same crew for both films!
Computer Generated Troopers
The “Star Wars” prequels are known for having a lot of CGI throughout each film. One thing you might not have realized in Episodes I, II, and III, was even the Storm Troopers were computer generated. Believe it or not, there were never any actual costumes for the Clone Troopers even for the movie, “Attack Of The Clones”.
No Darth David
Darth Vader was voiced by actor James Earl Jones, but he was physically played by actor David Prowse. George Lucas forbid Prowse from attending any event for “Star Wars” because he simply couldn’t stand the guy!
Vader Personality Disorder
We all know how Anakin Skywalker grew up to become Darth Vader, but along the way he picked up a few character traits. The young Jedi turned Sith Lord contains 6 of the 9 qualities that people with Personality Disorders are known for having. No wonder he went nuts!
It was during the filming of “American Graffiti” that George Lucas came up with the name for the loveable droid in “Star Wars”. When one of the crew members asked to have the reel 2 on dialogue track 2, the popular name R2-D2 was born.
Harrison Ford For Han
Many well known actors such as Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, and Christopher Walker were considered for the role of Han Solo. Harrison Ford was chosen for the part but not before he nearly lost it to Burt Reynolds.