Without any doubts, Star Wars is the biggest, most popular, beloved, and by far extremely profitable sci-fi drama ever. George Lucas’s big idea presented us brilliant vistas and an astonishing sense of wonder by depicting a tangible range of possibilities that forward-thinking, science, and technology might eventually bring about. This epic inspires us and directs our eyes toward a far horizon. It is not just cash-generating entertainment. This film provides a canvas wide enough to show and discuss real issues, things that matter to everyone.
The well-known pun “May the Fourth be with you” became the reason for declaring May 4 as Star Wars Day that is celebrated as a holiday in many countries now. All film fans across the world come together to show their passion for galaxy on this day. It is considered that the date was originated on 4 May 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher became British prime minister and the advertisement “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations” appeared in one paper.
But it wasn’t until 2011 that this day was transformed into a celebration. It started at the Toronto Underground Cinema, Canada when many Star Wars fans commemorated that day as a film festival and costume contest. The celebration grew larger when Disney bought the Star Wars brand from George Lukas and held official celebrations at its theme parks.
The release of Star Wars now known as Episode IV started the Star Wars franchise in 1977. It turned into a worldwide pop culture phenomenon evolving into numerous spinoffs, movies, and TV series.
For more than 40 years, 9 pictures have been screened with a range of ideas, stories, and actors mixing together. It is not surprising that there is plenty of awesome evidence about these films, both in terms of what imperceptible can be discovered in them and different things that occurred while they were filmed.
- At a very early stage, Star Wars was titled the Star Wars.
- If Carrie Fisher hadn’t been available to star in this film, Lukas would choose Jodie Foster for the role of Princess Leia.
- Luke Starkiller punches fourteen-year-old Princess Leia in her face in the original script for Star Wars.
- In the Empire Strikes Back, it is possible to observe both potato and a shoe fly past the camera in the scene with asteroids.
- Darth Vader appears for only 12 minutes in Episode IV of the Star Wars film (A New Hope). However, most Star Wars fans consider him as the character that has made an amazing impression on them.
- Voicing Darth Vader, James Earl Jones was convinced Star Wars would be a fiasco and he refused to use his name in the credits.
- CGI is a single clone trooper featured in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
- Star Wars second episode had a tongue-in-cheek working name – Jar Jar’s Big Adventure initially.
- Alec Guinness loathed Star Wars and said that its dialogue was “a load of rubbish.” He also said that it was his idea to kill off Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Having voiced C3P0 and worn a tin suit, Anthony Daniels is a single star to be shot in all 8 Star Wars films, including the Clone Wars animated film. Indeed, Kenny Baker filmed nothing for Revenge of the Sith. He only participated in one episode recycled from Attack of the Clones and a mix of CGI. Since Baker was too aged to perform in the Force Awakens, Artoo was a mixture of hand-operated robot and CGI.
- In Jedi, the furry Ewoks became a late supplement to Star Wars. From the outset, Wookiees had to play their role in the story. But when Lucas and his partners began to compose Return of the Jedi, they realized that they had created Wookiees technologically too advanced for this plot as Chewbacca was capable of flying the Millennium Falcon, manage pretty much any machine or weapon, and fix the ship.
- A single case the Jedi theme music played over a shot of Vader to reflect his return to the light side of the Force could be caught in the scene when Darth Vader picked up the Emperor and threw him down the Death Star shaft.
- George Lucas was acted in Revenge of the Sith. He was dressed up in blue body paint as a Pantoran senator, Baron Papanoida. His daughter also appeared with him simultaneously. His son Jedi was stared as a padawan Jedi that was killed by the Stormtroopers as he tried to make contact with Bail Organa.
- It is a fable developed by the Wampa to allow for Luke’s rearranged face after a car accident as Mark Hamill was injured before filming the Empire Strikes Back. However, Lucas had to change the Hoth events to add the Wampa attacking Luke to explain his injury.
- When Padme died, she was returned to Naboo for burial. Her body was changed to make it appear like she was still pregnant. It was done to keep Leia and Luke’s existence a secret.
- Being the most famous line in the ROTJ, the line “It’s a trap” was not in the screenplay. Initially, this line was written as “It’s a trick!” but then it was changed after a test screening. Anyway, it was said by Princess Leia in the Empire Strikes Back for the first time.
- The idea for returning the favor to Vader and cutting his arm off in Return of the Jedi came to Luke from the novel “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye”. This novel had to be turned into a sequel to Star Wars. This idea was rejected when the film became popular. Vader was an only Star Wars film character to lose his arm three times as well as his legs.
- It is a myth that George Lucas picked other 12 films before the first Star Wars was released. The fact is that he created a great deal of material when he was scripting his little sci-fi adventure. Being based on “Journal of Whills”, Star Wars was filmed. 12 or 9 films were never scripted in full but were largely Lucas’s imaginings that eventually came to life after 1977.
- Mark Hamill got a black eye when screening the famous “Dianoga” attack in the Trash Compactor scene from A New Hope. It meant he was acted from one side only for the rest filming that scene.
- Despite being different people in the original drafts, Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker were combined as one character only when the script for the Empire Strikes Back was developed.
- The film The Hidden Fortress was a huge inspiration for George Lucas. Its concept was applied to all robots.
- The original script proves a fact that the Skywalker family was named Starkiller truly. All drafts featured a General Starkiller and didn’t focus on the young moisture farmer from Tatooine. His son was named Deak. He finally became Luke.
- Craig. Daniel Craig who is known as James Bond 007 was the Stormtrooper that freed Rey in The Force Awakens.
- Darth Vader’s funeral episode on Endor was decided to be filmed at the last-minute moment. The scene was shot near the hills of Skywalker Ranch.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber is kicked down the reactor shaft in the battle with Darth Maul is the same sound effect when Luke Skywalker throws his lightsaber away in Return of the Jedi when he says to the Emperor that he is a Jedi like his father before him.
- When Anakin kills the Tusken Raider in Attack of the Clones, Qui-Gon’s voice is detected in the background. It is not a coincidence as Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force-Ghost tried to stop Anakin’s rage, but clearly could not.
- Padme, Anakin, Bail Organa, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and Jabba the Hutt were served by R2D2. The descendants of Skywalker were accompanied by R2 on many adventures.
- Donnie Yen suggested creating his Rogue One character Chirrut Imwe blind. Director Gareth Edwards accepted this idea. Yen initially refused from his role when it was offered to him. However, his kids made him change his mind.
- Quote told Jar Jar: “The ability to speak does not make you intelligent. Now get out of here.” a lot of the epic fans wish he paid attention.
- Every movie includes one phrase “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” or a variation of it.
International Star Wars Day adds something extra to people’s experience. Although most of Star Wars Day’s events take place in the Disneyland Park, it is a great opportunity to get inspired with commemorative costumes, discounted park tickets, and cast members throughout Disney theme parks for all Star Wars fans. Also, you can find inspiration while reading ideas for commemorative speech.
If you are one of those fans, you may participate in a film festival or simply invite a friend to watch one of Star Wars parts together and then discuss your most favorite scenes or read your beloved Star Wars story before going to bed.