Star Wars fans love a good bit of trivia and, with so many movies having been made over the years, there is plenty of it to go around. Movie Easter eggs, actor facts, behind-the-scenes trivia – the fans love it all.
If you're one of them fans, you'll love this article. Here are 10 obscure Star Wars facts that you might not have come across before.
- The Bantha milk drank by Luke Skywalker and his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in A New Hope is blue. Coincidentally or not, the working title for Return of the Jedi was “Blue Harvest”.
- The planet name “Coruscant” was created by Star Wars author Timothy Zahn for his book Heir to The Empire. George Lucas liked the name and included several shots of Coruscant, the Imperial Capital at the end of the Return of the Jedi movie. It was then featured in all three of the prequels.
- Han Solo’s spaceship the Millennium Falcon has a very small blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo appearance in Revenge of the Sith. It can be seen landing on the aforementioned planet Coruscant.
- It was Return of the Jedi’s director Richard Marquand who came up with the idea of having Princess Leia turn up to Jabba the Hutt’s Palace disguised as a bounty hunter.
- When Luke Skywalker claims Chewbacca is a prisoner transferred from a cell block on the Death Star in A New Hope, he mentions the number 1138. This is a direct reference to George Lucas’ first film, THX 1138. That movie was about a dystopian future where an authoritarian regime was in control – a not-too-dissimilar state of affairs in the Star Wars movies.
- Han Solo’s “I know” line in response to Princess Leia’s declaration of love was ad-libbed by Harrison Ford. It has since become an iconic Star Wars quote among fans.
- “I've got a bad feeling about this,” or a variation of the line is spoken in every movie in the franchise.
- Believe it or not, R2-D2 is actually taller than the Ewok Wicket from Return of the Jedi. The late Kenny Baker who played R2-D2 was originally going to play Wicket. However, illness prevented him from doing so, thus giving child actor Warwick Davis a chance to stake his claim in Star Wars lore. He has, of course, gone on to do so in an emphatic fashion, having appeared in several offerings in the franchise.
- Mace Windu is the only Jedi in any movie to wield a purple-colored lightsaber (and it's awesome, by the way). Here are some of his quotes from the prequels.
- None of the Star Wars movies have any credits at the beginning of them. This actually became a really big deal and meant George Lucas had to quit various film institutions such as the Director's Guild – and Stars Wars offerings were considered independent movies as result.
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