Princess or pauper?
The role of Princess Leia almost went to make-up artist Terri Lynn were it not for the good fortune of the little-known (hence cheap) actress Carrie Fisher. Other actors who went for lead roles include James Caan, Al Pacino and Burt Reynolds as Han. William Katt as Luke Skywalker and Peter Cushing as Ben Kenobi. Just think of how different everything could have been!
Darth Vader’s real voice
While filming, Darth Vader actor David Prowse did all the lines but was never informed that his dialogue would be overdubbed by the distinctive boom of James Earl Jones. Unfortunately the West Country accent doesn't really lend itself to terrifying dialogue. "Luuke… oi am yaw farther!"
Star Wars and beyond
Not only is there a new Star Wars film coming up, there are two more in the pipeline! That means us Star Wars fans will remain smiling for a good few years yet. Let’s just hope that they do another Christmas special too…
The Church of the Jedi
Due to some amusing chain emails circulated prior to the national census of 2001, 390,000 people stated their religion as 'Jedi' or 'Jedi Knight', making it the fourth biggest reported religion in the country. In 2006, two self-proclaimed Jedis delivered a protest to the UN requesting that the International Day for Tolerance be renamed the UN Interstellar Day of Tolerance. May the Force be with you.
Han shot first
In the 1997 Special Edition versions of A New Hope, Lucas altered Han Solo's opening scene where he kills fishy-faced bounty hunter Greedo, by allowing Greedo to shoot (and miss) first before being shot by Han. Lucas justifies this by explaining that he wanted to make it clear to children that Han had no choice, it was self-defence.
There are a surprising number of missing scenes from all six movies, the most famous of which is the missing ‘Jabba’ scene from A New Hope. When Han Solo first goes down to the Millennium Falcon, Jabba The Hutt is there asking for the money Han owes him. However, he is not the big ugly slug-like monster we know, but a tubby and rather friendly looking chap in a furry brown top.
There are over 200 inconsistencies, bloopers and mistakes in the Star Wars movies. Our absolute favourite is the Stormtrooper who bangs his head in A New Hope as they run to capture C3-PO and R2-D2. Makes us laugh every time!
What is THX 1138?
The title of George Lucas' early movie THX 1138 has become something of a movie in-joke, with references to 1138 cropping up in each subsequent Star Wars movie and many other places since. For example, it’s the cell block that Luke and Han take Chewbacca to in A New Hope. It also appears in Ocean's Eleven, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, the video game Duke Nukem 3-D, TV series Smallville, and is the title of a track on Jeff Beck's album Who Else!
Meteor or shoe?
We love this one. In the Empire Strikes Back as The Millennium Falcon is chased into the asteroid field, if you look very carefully, you can see that one of the asteroids is in fact a shoe! The reason for this is an exasperated props team losing their motivation to a rather demanding George Lucas.
Do not want
In Revenge Of The Sith, the first time we see a fully functioning Darth Vader, he looks up, arms aloft and screams "Noooooooooo!". In the Chinese subtitled version (The Backstroke of the West) the translation is: "Do not want". This provided the sillier web communities with a new mantra and in turn a million silly online pictures.
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