Random Star Wars Facts

  • It was 17 April 1973 when George Lucas first sat down to start writing Star Wars. Although May 4th is known as Star Wars day.
  • Star Wars was inspired by the things Lucas liked as a child, including Flash Gordon, Lawrence of Arabia and The Hidden Fortress.
  • George Lucas also loved fast cars and originally dreamed of racing, but had a near fatal accident before his high school graduation. His passion for fast vehicles can be seen throughout Star Wars.
  • Lucas used tips on structure from Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero with a Thousand faces. It follows The Hero’s Journey, including stages such as the call to action, the initial refusal to meet the call and then meeting with a mentor.
  • Star Wars had a very troubled production process and many believed the film would flop. Instead it became one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
  • The scenes on Tatooine were shot in Tunisia, during which they had to deal with an unexpected storm, the first one in 50 years.
  • A new Hope was released in 1977, The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, Return of the Jedi in 1983, The Phantom Menace in 1999, Attack of the Clones in 2002, Revenge of the Sith in 2005 and now The Force Awakens in 2015.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an animated feature film released in 2008, set during the prequel trilogy. It served as an introduction to the animated series of the same name.
  • Lucasfilm was launched in 1971.
  • Blue Harvest was used as a working title for Return of the Jedi, along with the slogan ‘Horror Beyond Imagination.’ It’s also the name of the twelfth episode in the first season of Star Wars: Ewoks the name of a Family Guy episode.
  • George Lucas preferred to spend his time editing and working with special effects to writing and directing. According the the actors he wasn’t the easiest person to work with.
  • Lucas had little involvement with The Empire Strikes Back, which was directed by Irvin Kershner. It is considered to be the best film of the franchise.
  • In the original films Darth Vader is played by David Prowse, but voiced by James Earl Jones. Although Sebastian Shaw was used at the end when Luke unmasks him. In the prequel trilogy Anakin is played by Hayden Christensen.
  • Jake Lloyd played Anakin as a child in Episode I, for which he gained worldwide fame. Unfortunately the stress of this caused him to retire from acting early and he destroyed all of his Star Wars memorabilia.
  • Lucas continued to edit the films to improve the audio/visual affects and to bring it closer to his ideal vision for it. One such change is a scene in the cantina where Greedo is shown firing a shot at Han Solo who responds in kind. Originally Han was the only one to fire, but this took away from the ideal image of his character. The force ghost of Anakin that appears at the end was also replaced. Some of these changes angered the fans.
  • Harrison Ford didn’t agree with how Han Solo was being treated and hasn’t enjoyed being associated with such an iconic character. He didn’t find the character to be interesting even though Han has become a fan favourite. Harrison Ford made a few changes, such as the moment before carbon-freezing in the Empire Strikes back when he says to Leia “I know” instead of “I Love You.”
  • There’s a moment during A New Hope when a Storm Trooper accidentally bumps his head on the top of a door. A homage is paid to this scene in Attack of the Clones when Jango Fett also bumps his head.
  • George Lucas always intended Star Wars to be for kids, but didn’t account for the fans growing up during the creation of the films. This probably explains the Ewoks in The Return of the Jedi and Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace. Star Wars continues to attract new and younger fans while maintaining its older fan base.
  • Jar Jar Binks was intended as a comic relief character, but wasn’t well received. His role is severely cut down in the following films, during which he becomes a representative for his people in the galactic senate. Although I wouldn’t trust him in politics myself, and he’s seen as supporting Chancellor Palpatine.
  • The prequel trilogy attempts to shed light on the force by explaining the midi-chlorians, microscopic life forms that live inside the cells of all living things. When in subsequent numbers they allow their host to manipulate the force. However, this took away from the mystery surrounding the force and wasn’t well received by fans.
  • The highest known midi-chlorian count belongs to Anakin Skywalker, measuring at over 20,000 per cell. It is believed that he was conceived by the force. His creation could also be down to Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious who attempted to manipulate the midichlorians to gain control over life. The legend of Darth Plagueis is briefly mentioned to Anakin during Revenge Of The Sith.
  • Padmé Amidala passes away after giving birth to the twins Luke and Leia. This is explained in the film as a loss of will to live, but one of the books puts it down to a broken neck as a result of Anakin grabbing her in a force choke.
  • The prophecy spoke of Anakin bringing balance to the force. This doesn’t specify that he will extinguish the dark side. While he sways too far in favour of the dark side, he is also responsible for ending Palpatine. Luke on the other hand was key in helping to bring him back to the light side.
  • Some characters disappear on death. This means that they have become one with the force, and they are shown as reappearing as ghosts. This requires great wisdom and strength to achieve. Anakin Skywalker appears as a force ghost and it is his suit alone that we see burning after his death.
  • TIE fighter stands for twin ion engines.
  • There are seven traditional forms of lightsabre combat and it’s possible to tell what characters are using during the films. Obi-Wan uses Soresu and Yoda uses Ataru for example. The names of the forms are also seen as skills in some games such as The Old Republic.
  • We only ever see one master and their apprentice as a result of the Rule of Two, which was introduced by Darth Bane. Previously there were too many problems with infighting due to the nature of the Sith. The rule of two ensures that they will continue to grow in strength as an apprentice will eventually destroy their master to take their place.
  • The Jedi ranks are youngling, padawan, knight, master, grand master and master of the order. Padawans have a braid that is cut off with a lightsabre when they are promoted.
  • Star Wars has expanded way beyond the films to include books, comics and games. This was known as the expanded universe and had very few continuity errors. However, since the arrival of the new sequel trilogy it was announced that the expanded universe would no longer appear in any future Star Wars material. It’s now classified as Star Wars Legends.
  • In 2002, a continuity-tracking database was created known as the Holocron Continuity Database to manage all of the Star Wars material. It includes classifications such as G-canon (coming directly from George Lucas.)
  • Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise for $4.05bn (£2.5bn) in October 2012. George Lucas had already been developing the third trilogy, but was ready to retire and spend more time with his family.

For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. – George Lucas

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I have a strong passion for computing. In particular programming for which I am able to use a variety of languages including C++, Visual C#, Blitz Basic, Actionscript 2.0, Python and Lua. I also enjoy web-design and have some knowledge of HTML/CSS, PHP/SQL and Javascript. As well as programming I have a strong background in art and enjoy drawing in my spare time. When I’m not sat at my computer I like to keep fit by going to the gym or using my exercise ball.

2 responses to “Random Star Wars Facts”

  1. roweeee says :

    Hi Wallcat,
    My son is currently away at Scout camp but I know he’d love your post and will show him when he gets back. It’s mind boggling but I managed to read through it all and I hope some of it stuck. I try to read about things that aren’t in my comfort zone to stretch my wings a little.
    xx Rowena

    • wallcat says :

      Thanks. I appreciate you taking the time to read it. I agree, it’s good to try things outside of your comfort zone from time to time. Never know if you’ll discover something new and worthwhile.

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