10 Amazing Facts You Don’t Know About Star Wars

40 years of Star Wars in 2017.

10 Amazing Facts You Don’t Know About Star Wars
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The 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer has recently been released and it has already started making buzz all over. Several fan theories have already popped up after the trailer and now the fans of this epic franchise are eagerly waiting for the next movie. The first Star Wars movie was released in 1977 and this year it will celebrate its 40th anniversary. We have 10 amazing facts about Star Wars we bet you didn't know. 

1. Legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa inspired the P.O.V for Star Wars.

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George Lucas was having some troubles with the plot of this epic sci-fi opera. He found the solution to his problems in Kurosawa's movie "The Hidden Fortress" made in 1958. Lucas said in an interview, "The one thing I was really intrigued by was the fact that the story was told from the two lowest characters. I decided that would be a nice way to tell the Star Wars story. Take the two lowliest characters, as Kurosawa did, and tell the story from their point of view. Which, in the Star Wars case is the two droids, and that was the strongest influence. The fact that there was a princess trying to get through enemy lines was more of a coincidence than anything else".

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2. James Bond made a cameo in The Force Awakens.

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Did you spot Mr. Bond in the movie? Daniel Craig made a cameo in the movie in the scene when Rey frees herself by using the force from the interrogation chair of Kylo Ren. In an interview, Craig said sarcastically, "Why would I ever bother doing something like that? Fucking hell! Pffft. Play an extra in another movie?"

3. Star Wars galaxies in Tunisia.

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A total of 4 Star Wars movie had some of their parts shot in Tunisia, shown as the Tatooine planet in the movies. Many of the buildings and locations constructed are still standing and in good shape. Some of them are being used by the locals. You can even stay in the house of Luke Skywalker, which is now a hotel.

4. The green lightsaber almost missed Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.

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George Lucas initially thought of keeping Luke's lightsaber in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi as blue. He wanted to match it with the colour of Luke's lost lightsaber in the previous film but at the same time, he was also worried that audiences might get confused. Finally, he thought of the green colour and made the change.

5. No Physical clone troopers.

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The films had no physical clone trooper helmets or costumes made as CGI was used to create every single clone trooper.

6. The Class of 2001.

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George Lucas hired almost everybody from the production crew of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' when he decided to make Star Wars. The original crew was known as "The Class of 2001".

7. The Lucas kids as the cast.

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George Lucas gave several roles to members of his family in the Star Wars movies. His daughter Katie Lucas was a part of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as a Twi'lek dancer. His eldest daughter, Amanda Lucas appeared as a background extra in the movie. Jett Lucas, George's son was in the Jedi archives as a young Padawan .

8. Theaters denied showing the movie.

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When the first Star Wars movie came out theatres had no intentions of showing the movie. The movie was set to be released only in less than 40 theatres after its release date was moved. Fox's 'The Other Side of Midnight' was set to release and hence occupied more screens. Fox then decided to put forward a condition that every theatre playing The Other Side of Midnight should also play Star Wars. This way the movie managed to get some screens and went on to become the highest-grossing movie ever made till date.

9. Stanley Kubrick delayed the shooting of The Empire Strikes back.

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Kubrick was shooting The Shining at the Elstree Studios where the sets were erected for The Empire Strikes Back. In February 1979, a massive fire broke out and burned down the entire soundstage. This made Kubrick take some space from Empire's studio and being a perfectionist, he waited a lot. This caused a delay of several days in the original shooting schedule of The Empire Strikes Back.

10. Princess Leia and her mother's issues.

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The first Star Wars movie was an ambitious project of George Lucas and people never expected it to be a big success. Its budget was extremely limited forcing the cast and crew of the movie to fly in the economy rather than first class from America to England. Debbie Reynolds, mother of Carrie Fisher found out about this and it made her angry. She called Lucas to express her harsh feelings. Carrie Fisher grabbed the phone from George Lucas and said, "Mother, I want to fly coach, will you fuck off?!"


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