Star Wars has turned into one of the most beloved franchises. With new movies being released by Disney on a yearly basis, it is important for fans to know the origins of the story and to know these Star Wars facts.
1. Star Wars Wasn’t The Original Title
The first film’s original title was “Adventures of Luke Starkiller As Taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars”. What a mouthful! Luckily the title was later shortened and Luke’s name was changed to Skywalker.
2. Harrison Ford Wasn’t The First Choice For Han Solo
Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Perry King were all first considered before Ford got the role of our favourite rebel.
3. Some Characters have Special Meanings
R2D2 was named after a film editing term, “reel 2, dialog 2”.
Chewbacca was based on George Lucas’s dog, Indiana. This same dog was also the inspiration for Indiana Jones!
Han was inspired by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), who is George Luca’s buddy.
BONUS FACT: Yoda’s species is never revealed. A mystery, it is.
4. Darth Vader was Portrayed by 3 Different Actors
James Earl Jones did the voice, Sebastian Shaw’s face was used, and David Prowse wore the Vader suit.
BONUS FACT: David Prowse is banned from all Star Wars related events, because Lucas finds him annoying.
5. Luke almost became Darth Vader
Return of the Jedi almost ended with Luke removing Vader’s helmet, putting it on himself and proclaiming “I am Vader”.
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