10 Star Wars Fun Facts
- The word “Ewok” is never mentioned in the original Star Wars trilogy. It wasn’t until the first spinoff movie, “Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure,” that the word was used.
- The sound of the TIE fighters’ engines is a combination of an elephant’s call and a car driving on a wet road.
- The first Star Wars film was originally just called “Star Wars.” It wasn’t until the release of the second film, “The Empire Strikes Back,” that it was retroactively given the title “Episode IV: A New Hope.”
- The actor who played Darth Vader, David Prowse, was not the voice of the character. James Earl Jones provided the iconic voice.
- The famous line “May the Force be with you” is said in some form in every Star Wars movie except for “Rogue One.”
- The sound of the lightsabers clashing was created by combining the hum of a projector motor and the sound of an old TV picture tube.
- George Lucas originally offered the role of Han Solo to Burt Reynolds, but Reynolds turned it down.
- The character Yoda was originally meant to be played by a monkey in a mask and a robe, but it was ultimately decided to use a puppet instead.
- The opening crawl in each Star Wars movie was inspired by the Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s.
- The famous scene where Han Solo is frozen in carbonite was created because the filmmakers weren’t sure if Harrison Ford would come back for the third movie, so they needed a way to write him out if necessary.
David Prowse as Darth Vader
If you read the facts above, you might have noticed that number 4 talks about James Earl Jones playing the voice of Darth Vader. However, David Prowse did all of the dialogue during filming, and it is not terrifying at all. Judge for yourself.
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