What You Did Not Know About Star Wars

The whole generation

Few people know that the script of the Star Wars saga has been changed many times and things we all love now could have been different. The significance of the Star Wars in the modern culture is difficult to overestimate. This saga is like a living organism; generations all over the world grew up on these films.

I have a bad feeling about this
“I have a bad feeling about this”

The captivating facts

Here are the most interesting facts you have never heard about:

  1. Master Yoda is one of the most popular heroes of the “Star Wars”, a great warrior in prequels. Initially, “Yoda” was a surname, and the name of the wizard was supposed to be “Munch”, but then Lucas changed his mind and realized that just “Yoda” would work better.
  2. The Millennium Falcon ship was invented by Lucas in a snack bar. He decided that a hamburger with an olive is a great prototype for the creation of a spaceship.
  3. The most time-consuming part of the picture to shoot was a scene where Han Solo freezes the Imperial stormtroopers. It was very long and complex. At the end of the scene Leia was supposed to say Han: “I love you.” But the scene was redone several times, and Harrison Ford changed the words “I love you too” to “I know”. Lucas figured it sounded much better and decided to leave it as it was.
  4. Justin Timberlake almost starred in the “Star Wars”. The information about this fact was available on the Internet in 2001, but it turned out to be a story made up by the daughter of George Lucas. She was a fan of Justin Timberlake and begged his father to find the opportunity for Justin to take part in the process.
  5. Harrison Ford deliberately failed to learn his monologue for a comlink in the prison unit where Princess Leia was, so that this scene looked more realistic and natural.
  6. Stuart Freeborn, a British makeup artist, created the images of characters in the Star Wars trilogy. Stuart created Yoda doll that looked like himself adding the wrinkles of Albert Einstein.
  7. Peter Mayhew, who worked as an orderly, got the part of Chewbacca due to his huge height (2.18 m). Lucas’ dog who was sitting in the front seat of the car inspired him to invent the image of Chewbacca and, as for the name, it was invented on the basis of the Russian word “dog”.
  8.  Each actor who had a lightsaber in the film could choose the color of it himself. Basically, everybody took blue, red or green, but Mace Windu had a sword of an unusual violet color. Samuel L.Jackson thought that such a lightsaber would look funny.
  9.  After scrolling all the titles at the end of the film, you can hear Darth Vader’s ominous breath as a veiled threat.
  10. The “Star Wars” could be called differently. It was the fact that the 20th Century Fox film studio was dissatisfied with the title of the picture believing it carried negative connotation. There was a competition for the best version of the title for the picture. The crew and actors tried to invent something intriguing. But nobody could come up with anything new and interesting. The producers decided to leave the name the “Star Wars”.

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The Amazing History of “Star Wars”

Nowadays there is no a single version that would clarify the issue of the creation of the famous saga “Star Wars”. George Lucas mentioned he was at the stage of work on his first feature film “THX 1138” when he came up with this idea. His friends implied that Lucas’ enlightenment was much earlier. Lucas intended to make a movie of the heroic and cosmic fantasy with shootings in the style of fantastic comic books and film series that appeared in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. Space operas such as “Flash Gordon” and the franchise about Buck Rogers, as well as “John Carter of Mars” by Edgar Burroughs had significant impacts on “Star Wars”. There is another version that “Star Wars” is a kind of reconsideration of the picture “Apocalypse Now” that Lucas was supposed to shoot in Vietnam at the midst of the war.

George Lucas
George Lucas

Writing Process

The start of “Star Wars” is considered to be 1976. The premiere of “American Graffiti” was shown and the young director had carte blanche for the dream project. Lucas had to abridge the synopsis to two pages of a  printed text and he went to the studios, but the scenario has not been approved. The producers found the script too confusing.

Screen Tests

Having been inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s films, he rewrote the script several times and concluded a contract with the United Artists studio. William Cutt should have played the role of Luke, but the director gave the part to Mark Hamill. It was more difficult with the image of Princess Leia. Sissy Spacek, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Kim Basinger, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Melanie Griffith is not a complete list of the people who fought for this role, but it was given to Carrie Fisher.

It Began As a Success

As for Han Solo, such actors as Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken, Kurt Russell, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and others have got this screen tests, but Harrison Ford managed to upstage them. In fact, the image of Han Solo was based on Lucas’ friend, a certain Francis Ford Coppola. The character of Darth Vader was invented by Lucas one of the first. This role of antagonist was given to the resident of Misty Albion David Prowse.

The first film was released on May 25, 1977 and had a huge success that actually saved the company “20th Century Fox” from the bankruptcy. The first film received the subtitle “A New Hope”, “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi” (1983) were the next two sequels.

Conclusion

The mass production of related products was the distinctive feature of “Star Wars”, and plastic figures of characters and T-shirts with the symbolism of the film were sold with expedition. By virtue of marketing mix by George Lucas, a high level of interest among audience has been achieved between the outputs of the films.