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FASCINATING FACTS: 24 Interesting Facts About ‘Star Wars’

Even with the seemingly out of sequence trilogies and some disappointments, Star Wars has captured the attention of many. It is the staple for space and science fiction lovers. Traveling through space and time, the elaborate planets, worlds and cultures, and the satisfying action scenes keep us asking for more.

There are two magical times in this movie, the first is on-screen that delights us with exquisite sceneries and the second is off-screen with the cast and crew that leaves us more curious. So, here are some Star Wars facts we have gathered from IMDB and many others that we are sure you would find interesting.

1. In Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, a pair of shoe and a potato were used as asteroids while filming the asteroid scenes in which they were pursued. According to rumors, George Lucas asked for so many redoes that one of the SFX team members threw a shoe in. The potato asteroid is the third one and the shoe is the fourth as Solo gets them over an asteroid to get rid of their pursuers. 

2. According to an interview, George Lucas stated that Han Solo was originally intended to be an alien and Luke Skywalker a girl. They were eventually developed into the fabulous characters that we all so love.

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3. Sound designer Ben Burtt developed the lightsaber sound by using a combination of 35mm movie projector and the sound caused when a microphone cable is passed by a television set.

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4. The character of Supreme Chancellor, and later the Emperor, Palpatine was influenced by Julius Caesar.

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5. Revenge of the Sith is the first movie from Star Wars series to be rated PG-13 by the Motion Pictures Association of America. The next being The Force Awakens.

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The fact that the first five movies received PG rating was because PG-13 did not exist at that time. George Lucas also stated that the movie has to be PG-13 because of the scenes in which Anakin Skywalker loses his limbs and is set afire by the lava. (source)

6. Filming the Jabba Palace sequence in Episode VI – Return of the Jedi took 10 puppeteers, 9 mime artists, 42 extras, and 18 others along with a crew of 90. The puppet took three months to build, weighed 2000 pounds and cost $500, 000.

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13. J. J. Abrams had a WW2 style propaganda poster that said “Loose Lips Sink Starships” and he hung around the set of The Force Awakens when Kevin Smith visited. He also had Kevin Smith sign a non-disclosure agreement because he is known to be too talkative and open with the public.

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14. Harrison Ford requested Lucas to kill his character, Han Solo after he gets frozen in carbonite. He didn’t sign for the next two movies in the original trilogy as he felt that the story of Han Solo was completely told in the first movie itself. But Lucas refused and told him that he still had a part to play in the next two movies.

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15. In the Han Solo Trilogy set in Star Wars’ Expanded Universe, Chewbacca swears a life-debt to Han Solo who refuses to skin him for commandeering a ship full of Wookiee children meant for slavery. Han loses his commission and dishonorably discharged for not obeying orders.

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The trilogy also features their adventures as smugglers after the incident and Han winning the Millennium Falcon in a card game with Lando.

16. Lucas’ life-long best friend Steven Spielberg was the first choice to direct Star Wars. However, Steven had to decline it because of his membership in the Director’s Guild. Lucas left the Guild because of his disagreement regarding Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.

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17. Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were considered for the Role of Kylo Ren, but the role went to Adam Driver.

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18. George Lucas was very influenced by Akira Kurosawa’s storytelling style through the point of view of minor characters. This inspired him to create the bickering interaction between R2-D2 and C3PO, which proved to become some of the most loved scenes.

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Many similarities between Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress (1958) and Star Wars can be noticed. In Kurosawa’s movie a princess and general along with two bickering farmers try to fight their way through the enemies. The bickering farmers are the two droids, though according to Lucas the princess part was more of a coincidence. (source)

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19. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher had to improvise a lot of dialogue in the movies because of George Lucas’ lack of good dialogue writing skills.

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20. Carrie Fisher was not allowed to wear underwear beneath her costumes because George Lucas said there was no underwear in space. Instead, he had her breasts taped so that the shots will be clean and without distraction.

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21. All the door frames in the set of Episode I – The Phantom Menace with scenes of Liam Neeson had to be rebuilt because didn’t account for his 6’4” height. This increased their production costs by an extra $150,000.

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22. In Episode IV – A New Hope, Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker broke a blood vessel in his face because he held his breath for a long time during the trash compactor scene. They had to film with only one side of his face visible in the later shots.

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23. George Lucas didn’t attend the premiere of the first Star Wars movie Episode IV – A New Hope. He was sure that the movie would be a flop and instead he went on a holiday with his friend Spielberg to Hawaii where they had the idea for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

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24. R2-D2 could speak standard English with many expletives in the earlier drafts of Star Wars. Though later, the speech was removed and they kept the reactions of C3PO to R2.

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