25 WtF Star Wars Facts

Here are some random nuggets of trivia and facts about the Star Wars movies. As the legend and lore of Lucas' faraway galaxy grow, these factoids become even more awesome. We hope you enjoy them…

    1. In A New Hope, Leia was kept captive on the Death Star in cell 2187. This was a deliberate choice, as 2187 is the year that the Lucas-directed movie THX 1138 was set.
    2. In Return of the Jedi, listen to the music carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force and him being the chosen one.
    3. Darth Vader is the only Star Wars movie character to lose an arm three times – and both legs. Obi-Wan Kenobi got three of his limbs in Revenge of the Sith. He did have the higher ground, after all. Luke followed up with a hander arm sever in Return of Jedi.
    4. The bantha milk drank by Luke, Uncle Owen, and Aunt Beru in A New Hope is blue. It's become the stuff of Star Wars legend, so much so that it was also used in Rogue One.
    5. Anakin Skywalker is undoubtedly the chosen one. While Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi may have thought a mistake had been made in the reading of the prophecy, Anakin was the one who actually killed Sith Lord Palpatine by throwing him down the Death Star’s reactor shaft in Return of the Jedi, thus restoring balance to the Force.
    6. Harrison Ford was famously never intended to be Han Solo. He was just hanging around after American Graffiti and was helping other actors read their lines as Lucas was in the casting process. Eventually, Lucas wised up and realized Harrison already had the part down cold.
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    7. Princess Leia was subject to one of the most famous ad-libs in cinema history – that being Han Solo's response to her declaration of love – “I know.” Harrison Ford apparently made it up at Irvine Kershner's suggestion. Leia got to return the line in Return of Jedi during the Battle of Endor.
    8. Carrie Fisher appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This movie was a weird Kevin Smith homage to Star Wars and featured an appearance by Fisher as a nun and Mark Hamill as a parody of himself. Carrie's cameo was the one that got the laughs. “Do you follow the good book?”
    9. Many people forget this, but Fisher appeared in the classic movie When Harry met Sally. She was Sally's friend who ended up marrying Harry’s best friend. See, there is life outside of Star Wars. Fisher also had a cameo in the Blues Brothers.
    10. Carrie Fisher wrote a bestselling novel called Postcards from the Edge, and the screenplay for the 1990 movie adaptation. It was about her drug addiction and her relationship with her mother. Fisher has managed to parlay her writing talent with a few turns at playing script doctor for a few Hollywood movies, most notably on Rene Russo's Outbreak.
    11. Yoda’s species has never been mentioned. In official records, he is described simply as an “unknown species.” He'll always be Kermit's ugly cousin to us.
    12. For the prequel movie Attack of the Clones, Yoda was performed by Frank Oz. The next two prequels featured a CGI Yoda, and the DVD release of Attack of the Clones saw a CGI version replace the puppet.
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    13. While many think Yoda had Darth Sidious beat in his famous duel in Revenge of the Sith, it was Mace Windu, a former student of Yoda, who firmly beat the Sith Lord (of course, Anakin came in and ruined it all).
    14. The original drafts for Star Wars show that the Skywalker family was called Starkiller. Indeed the drafts featured a General Starkiller and didn’t focus on the young moisture farmer from Tatooine. His son was called Deak. He eventually became Luke when the script developed over time. Oh, that general? His name was “Annikin Starkiller.”
    15. During Revenge of the Sith Bail, Organa and Yoda step into the hallway of Organa's ship and have a nice conversation about becoming Rebels. It's the same ship that Darth Vader boards to capture Princess Leia Organa at the start of A New Hope, the Tantive IV.
    16. During the assault on the Rebels' ice base on Hoth, Hamill speaks the line, “the first transport is away!” This line is later used as a reference to Star Wars in Mass Effect 3.
    17. Carrie Fisher had to stand on a wooden box for most of her scenes with Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars movies because she is a foot shorter than him. This was done so the actors would look better in the frame shot together.
    18. Master Yoda is 66 cm tall. As a comparison, R2-D2 stands taller at 96 cm.
    19. In the short-lived television show Firefly, a model version of Han Solo frozen in carbonite can be seen in many places – the props department would move it around as a running gag. Presumably, this was like how Superman appeared in every episode of Seinfeld.
    20. Princess Leia never actually gets to “meet” Obi-Wan Kenobi. She sees him from afar when she's escaping the Death Star, when Obi-Wan is about to let Darth Vader kill him, but that's it – unless you count Obi-Wan being present for her birth in Revenge of the Sith. Given Ben Solo was named after him, we suspect Han may have appreciated the crazy old wizard more than he let on.
    21. Harrison Ford is the only actor to have appeared in movies directed by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola.
    22. Yoda's original name was “Minch.” Suffice it to say; everyone is glad Lucas changed it.
    23. Everyone assumes Luke only appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy and the recent sequels. But think about it for a moment, and you’ll realize Skywalker appears as a baby at the end of Revenge of the Sith. He, of course, appeared for only 30 seconds in The Force Awakens, then in The Last Jedi, and a pivotal scene in The Rise of Skywalker in which he rose an X-Wing into the sky, making it seven movie appearances. He also made a cameo appearance in The Mandalorian.
    24. In A New Hope, Darth Vader has only nine minutes of screen time. Talk about screen presence. That's on par with Hannibal Lecter's on-screen time in The Silence of the Lambs.
    25. A real “WTF” moment is Boba Fett coming back as a “good guy” in The Mandalorian and getting a spin-off show called The Book of Boba Fett.
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