Star wars: facts of the movies
1.-Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader has been played by six different people: David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Bob Anderson (duelist), Sebastian Shaw, Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen.
2.-"I've got a bad feeling about this" is spoken in every movie (or some variation)
3.-The only characters that appear in all the films are C3PO, R2D2, Obi-Wan, and Darth Vader (Anakin).
4.-The real mastermind of evil is not Darth Vader, but its master, Darth Sidious
5.-During The Empire Strikes Back's famous asteroid scene, one of the deadly, hurling asteroids is actually... a potato !
6.-In the first draft of Star Wars, the main character was named Luke Starkiller.
7.-TK421 is the only stormtrooper known by name in any Star Wars film until Revenge Of The Sith. In Episode III there is a trooper by the name of Cody.
8.-Initially, in 1977, Star Wars was not called Episode 4, a new hope. This was added later with the re-release prior to Empire.
9.-Initially, Harrison Ford had not signed for Return of the Jedi so Lucas had to write a scene where it made sense that he died between 'Empire' and 'Jedi'... the carbon freezing process.
10.-The 'Wilhelm Scream' is heard in every Star Wars movie.
11.-All twelve members of the Jedi Council are Jedi Masters, except for Ki-Adi-Mundi, who is a Jedi Knight.
12.-Carrie Fisher and Sissy Spasic both auditioned for the role of Princess Leia and "Carrie" from Stephen King's Carrie at the same time. Fisher took Star Wars, as she was against the initial "nude" scene in Carrie. Can you imagine Princess Leia played by Sissy?
13.-Harrison Ford ad-libbed his line in the exchange: LEIA: "I love you." HAN: "I know."
14.-Harrison Ford asked that Han Solo die at the end of Empire during the carbon freezing process ... but his request was denied by George Lucas.
15.-On the set of ESB, David Prowse's spoken line in the revelation scene was, "Obi-Wan killed your father," to help ensure secrecy.
16.-Lucas was originally going to have our heroes travel to the Wookie world Kashyyyk in Return of the Jedi but decided against it as he wanted a primitive species and it would be inconcievable as Chewbacca is the pilot of a Spaceship. So he cut the Wookie in half and called it an Ewok.
17.-R2-D2's name comes from the term REEL 2, DIALOG 2.
18.-George Lucas was the first filmmaker to ask for and sucessfully retain the merchandising rights to his characters...creating an empire of toys, t-shirts, and other movie memorabilia.
19.-The Millenium Falcon was modeled after a cheeseburger, with the pickle spear sticking out the top as the com dish
20.-The original screenplay for Return of the Jedi called for a sandstorm to take place as our heroes returned to the Millenium Falcon. This idea was later used in The Phantom Menace.
21.-A total of 19 different planets are shown throughout the films.
22.-"Return of the Jedi" was originally titled "Revenge of the Jedi". The name was changed, as Jedi weren't the type to seek revenge
23.-In "Star Wars ANH," Harrison and Luke Skywalker make their way into a detention center to rescue Princess Leia. When an Imperial officer demands via intercom to know what caused all the commotion, Harrison leans over and replies, "Uh . . . had a slight weapons malfunction. But, uh, everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you? Boring Conversation anyway" Harrison made this up on the spot, deliberately not learning the scripted lines so as to sound spontaneous.
24.-Grand Moff Tarkin's Peter Cushing played "The Doctor" in two feature length Doctor Who movies in the late 1960s.
25.-HAN SHOOT FIRST!
26.-Yoda speaks 'Galactic Basic' a distinctive manner by placing the verb as the predicate of a sentence format. An example of Yoda's speech pattern, from Return of the Jedi: "When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not."
27.-Episode 4 won the most Oscar's in 1977
28.-Orson Wells was the first candidate to voice Darth Vader.
29.-Master Mace Windu is the only Jedi in any film to wield a unique lightsaber - purple. Because Samuel Jackson loves the color.
30.-The sound effects for the Death Star's turbo-lasers were created by striking a telephone pole suspension wire with a heavy
31.-All clone troopers in E2 and E3 where CGI, except for the heads when they took their helmet off.
32.-Jabba the Hutt was originally meant to be a furry creature.
33.-Ian McDiarmid did not play the emperor in ESB. The role was played by an old lady, with a monkey's face superimposed over it.
34.-"Wedge", actor Denis Lawson, is "Obi-Wan'" Ewan McGregor's uncle in real life.
35.-Fans never see the famed Wedge Antillies without his helmet until the celebration at the end of Return of the Jedi, although actor Denis Lawson's voice was used to dub over another pilot's voice during the Death Star briefing in the original Star Wars.
36.-In Attack of the Clones there is a scene where Anakin and Obi-Wan enter the Outlander Club. If you pay good attention you see two familiar figures. One (on the left) is Anthony Daniels who has played C-3PO in all the movies. The other one is Ahmed Best (below the next post) who played Jar Jar Binks.
37.-While in production, Star Wars went by the title "Blue Harvest" to discourage spoiler interest in the film.
38.-Anthony Daniel's (C3PO) had the first line in Episode 4 and the last line in Episode 3.
39.-None of the Star Wars films have credits at the beginning of them. For Star Wars the Writers and Directors Guilds of America let it slide, but when Lucas did the same thing for Empire Strikes Back the DGA fined Lucas more than a quarter of a million dollars and tried to pull Empire from theatres. Because of this Lucas pulled out of the Guilds and it stopped Lucas from hiring his first choice of director for Return of the Jedi: Stephen Spielberg.
40.-George Lucas, Ian McDiramid, Peter Mayhew, and Frank Oz were all born in 1944.
41.-In TPM, Qui-Gon Jinn's communicator is a redecorated Sensor Excel Razor for Women.
42.-There has been a star wars film released in 4 different decades.
43.-Lightsaber sounds were a combo of the hum from the back of an old TV set and an old 35mm movie projector
44.-Luke Skywalker's landspeeder noise is actually traffic on the Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles, as heard through a vacuum-cleaner pipe.
45.-In ROTS, bubbling, moving lava can be either a macaroni casserole being squished or a wet towel rubbed in mud.
46.-After the first Death Star has been destroyed, at the end of 'A New Hope' and the rebel pilots touch down back at base, listen carefully as Luke climbs down from his X-Wing and rushes to embrace Leia - he is so excited he actually calls her 'Carrie'! This is a common misconception, if you listen he just says 'Hey'
47.-The final time Lucas quietly said, "Cut -- that's a wrap" on a "Star Wars" picture ROTS it was at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, England. It happened on Elstree's Stage 8, where Lucas did the first soundstage shot for the original film in 1976.
48.-Star Wars ANH. Han and Luke bring Chewy to the detention block and say that he's a prisoner transfer from Cell Block 1138. An obvious throw out to THX1138.
49.-Han grabs Leia's boob in ROTJ
50.-Lucas based his now infamous "Order 66" by Emperor Palpatine on the history of Feb. 20, 1942, when President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 1066, interning the Japanese and Japanese Americans until the end of the war and the dropping of the Hiroshima Bomb.
51.-The word ``Jedi'' is derived from the Japanese words ``Jidai Geki'' which translate as ``period drama.'' A period drama is a Japanese TV soap opera program set in the samurai days. Lucas mentioned in an interview that he saw a ``Jidai Geki'' program on TV while in Japan a year or so before the movie was made and liked the word.
52.-Lucas intentionally filmed some PT scenes in ways that mirror scenes of the OT.
53.-Yoda is the only main character to die of natural causes.
54.-After Queen Amidala talked to the senate and she causes uproar. You can see a senate pod with three E.T. Senators in it.
55.-The name of 4-LOM, one the bounty hunters listening to Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back, means : For Love Of Money.
56.-Major Hollywood studios like Universal and Paramount passed on "The Star Wars." Only after rejection from every studio, did Lucas take the script to Alan Ladd, Jr. of Twentieth Century Fox.
57.-At the time the scene was filmed only Mark Hamill, George Lucas, and director Irvin Kirshner(sp) knew the true line Darth Vader would say to Luke regarding his father. The line spoken during filming was actually "Obi-Wan killed your father."
58.-General Grievous' cough was provided by Lucas himself.
59.-Mark Hamill voices the lines "The first transport is away... the first transport is away..." in the rebel base on Hoth.
60.-One of the drinks dispensers behind the bar in the Cantina was later recycled and used as the head of bounty hunter IG-88 in ESB.
61.-Wampas were originally conceived as creatures which "swam" through the snow like sharks.
62.-The original landspeeder from STAR WARS was repainted green and can be seen in the establishing shot of Mos Espa in THE PHANTOM MENACE.
63.-The Millennium Falcon's targeting readout was inspired by a paperweight Lucas had once seen on Arthur C Clarke's desk.
64.-The word Wookiee was improvised by Terry McGovern while working on THX 1138. he made a blunder and exclaimed, "I think I ran over a wookiee back there." Lucas liked the word and kept it in mind.
65.-Han was originally a huge green-skinned monster with no nose and large gills, and Luke, Owen and Beru were originally midgets...
66.-Some of the more bizarre ideas from the first draft of the ESB script included: Vader going into a retreat to his deep lava cave with pet gargoyles and demons; Lando being a Clone who survived the Clone Wars and, when 3PO is "smashed" on the Cloud City, Vader out takes his robotic heart and crushes it.
67.-The idea to give Darth Vader a breathing apparatus was artist Ralph McQuarrie's. The idea was that Vader would need it in order to travel from one space ship to another.
68.-Also seen in early McQuarrie art, Laserswords were originally thought to be more widely used, even by Stormtroopers.
69.-Industrial Light and Magic was Hollywood's first special effects house, set up independent of studio hire.
70.-Peter Serafinowich of shaun of the dead and look around you as well as several other british comedies done the voice over for darth maul.
71.-Kenny Baker was originally cast as Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi but when he got food poisoning the role was given to Warwick Davis.
72.-"Yoda" is derived from the Sanskrit word for "warrior."
73.-James Earl Jones requested that he not be credited for supplying the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars. At the time, he said he felt he had not done enough work to get the billing, but he later admitted that he didn't want his name associated with the film because he was still an up-and-coming actor, and didn't want to be typecast.
74.-James Earl Jones and David Prowse have never met.
75.-The original teaser was narrated by Orson Welles, who was the original choice to do the voice of Darth Vader.
76.-George Lucas campaigned to get Frank Oz a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Empire Strikes Back but was rejected as the Academy didn't consider a puppeteer an actor.
77.-The Empire Strikes Back is the only Star Wars film to not include a visit to Tatooine.
78.-You can see a wookiee/wookiees in all the films, except Attack of the Clones.
79.-The THX sound system actually has nothing to do with Lucas' first film THX 1138, it is merely an acronym for Tom Hollman Experiment, the person who developed the system. Much to Hollman's chagrin, Lucas has done little to deflate the fortuitous connection between the system's name and his first film.
80.-The planet name 'Coruscant' was created by author Timothy Zahn in May 1991 for his book Heir to The Empire. Lucas liked the name and included shots of Coruscant, the Imperial Capital, in the end montage of Return of the Jedi in the '97 'Special Edition'.
81.-Princess Leia is a great shot... she almost never misses. This is probably something she inherited from her mother, Padme, who also almost never misses.
82.-During the filming in norway for ESB, they had the worst weather there for over 10 years (cant remember the exact number)
83.-The word "lightsaber" is never mentioned in TPM. Anakin called it a "Lasersword"
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