You could almost say they are space oddities. Sorry about that. On with the show!
Star Wars has become a huge beast of a franchise and over the course of its existence some strange things have cropped up as part of the production of each film.
Here's a little list of strange oddities about the Star Wars movies.
- The wise wizard Gandalf from Lord of the Rings was a huge influence on the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi – so much so that an early draft of the Star Wars script featured lines taken directly from the pages of Tolkien's work.
- Peter Cushing filmed all his scenes as Grand Moff Tarkin while wearing slippers.
- Denis Lawson, who famously played X-Wing pilot Wedge Antilles, is the real-life uncle of Ewan McGregor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel movies. Lawson returned for a brief cameo as Wedge in The Rise of Skywalker.
- The plot twist of the father-and-son relationship between Vader and Luke in The Empire Strikes Back is often misquoted as “Luke, I am your father.” The real line is actually “No, I am your father.” No one knows why people incorrectly do this.
- In Return of the Jedi, the green Twilek Oola has a nipple slip and George Lucas left it in every time the movie was re-released. Maybe the Rancor was supposed to distract us?
- Despite being one of the most famous and well-known villains in the history of cinema, Darth Vader actually has only 12 minutes of screen time in A New Hope. That's four minutes less than the screen time of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs – and Anthony Hopkins won the Best Actor Oscar for that role
- The reason the little green guy Yoda returned as a character to Return of the Jedi was that there was some concern about whether Vader was really Luke's father. After consultation with child psychologists about how Vader's claim could be perceived by younger children who then went on to watch the movie, George Lucas decided he needed an independent character to confirm Darth Vader‘s claim that he is Luke Skywalker's father. Which was awesome for everyone as we all love Yoda.
- Do you remember that awesome pod racer race in The Phantom Menace? Yep, Lucas was just copying the famous chariot race from Ben Hur. In fact, he actually copied from a LOT of movies to make his own.
- Lucas was actually quite good at stealing good ideas. Do you recall that part where Obi-Wan feels the death of the people on the planet Alderaan? Lucas just took that from a Star Trek episode where Spock felt the death of 400 of his own Vulcan kind.
- David Lynch was offered the chance to direct Return of the Jedi but turned it down. Can you imagine how crazy Jedi could have turned out if Lynch had cast his magic over the movie? Lynch actually chose Dune as his next film, and while it wasn't a universally accepted movie, it has gone on to earn its own unique place in film history as a really interesting sci-fi offering. It was also probably just as well that Sting didn't have a role in Return of the Jedi either, which he almost did. Truth be told though, the Dune book had a massive influence on Star Wars.
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