Facts You Never Knew About Star Wars

#15 Original title

When production first started, the first Star Wars film was called “Adventures of Luke Starkiller As Taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars”.

#14 Wrong actor

We know of at least five alternate candidates for the role of Han Solo: Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Perry King.

#13 Wrong actress

Sissy Spacek, the actress most well known for her role as Carrie, auditioned for the role of Princess Leia.

#12 Toy story

The Star Wars toys is the most successful move-related line of toys ever, selling over 250 million figures between 1978 and 1986.

#11 Meanings of names

R2-D2 was named after a term in film editing jargon — “reel 2, dialog 2″.

#10 Foodie inspiration

The Millenium Falcon was inspired by the shape of a hamburger with an olive on its side.

#9 Chewbacca’s origins

Chewbacca was based on Indiana, George Lucas’s dog — who was also the inspiration for the name Indiana Jones!

#8 Prop genius

Model airplane parts and egg-shaped pantyhose containers were among the many items used to make the spaceship models in Star Wars.

#7 The Godfather

Han Solo was based on Francis Ford Coppola, a good friend of George Lucas and also the famed director of the Godfather films.

# 6 Group effort

To operate Jabba the Hutt, it took up to ten individual puppeteers!

#5 That breathing

The sound of Darth Vader’s labored breathing was achieved using a scuba regulator.

#4 Different face

Mark Hamill damaged his face in a car accident after primary shooting, making reshoots impossible for the scenes he previously shot.

#3 Frank Oz

The voice actor for Yoda is Frank Oz, who is also the voice actor for Miss Piggy of The Muppets!

#2 Special effects

Industrial Light and Magic was a special effects company that George Lucas created shortly after learning that the special effects department at 20th Century Fox had been shut down after his film had been green lighted.

#1 Darth Vader actors

Three different actors were required to portray Darth Vader: James Earl Jones for the voice, Sebastian Shaw for the face, and David Prowse for his body.

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