Let’s Bust Some Minor Myths About Star Wars

It seems that, with every major movie franchise, countless myths emerge about them. Millions of people end up believing them but, more often than not, they aren't true.

There isn't a dead munchkin actor hanging in the background of The Wizard of Oz, there isn't a little ghost boy in Three Men and a Baby, and there was no detonator malfunction in The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan purposely delayed the explosion, which did indeed prompt Heath Ledger to improvise).

Star Wars is no different. Countless myths have emerged about the production, plots, and more with regard to Star Wars movies. Like other movie myths, they're mostly untrue. Let’s clear a few things up about the state of play about a couple of Star Wars-related things by busting a few myths:

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  • In spite of their somewhat similar appearances, Ewoks are not smaller cousins of the Wookie.
  • Han Shot first. No matter what George Lucas said, Han. Shot. First.
  • Lucas did not have 12 films all mapped out before the first Star Wars installment was released. He totally did have the idea of serializing Star Wars, though.
  • There is a difference between a Clone Trooper and a Stormtrooper. One of them is a clone. The other is not so much and is usually a drafted-in human.
  • Kylo Ren is not a Sith Lord. Ren is not his last name. It is a direct reference that he is a Knight of Ren. Kylo is not even his real name. It's Ben.
  • Senator Bail Organa may have died on Alderaan. He certainly appears in Rogue One.
  • There is no longer an official explanation for how Han Solo did the Kessel Run because the Legends novels are now no longer canon.
  • The Wampa creature was not created to allow for Luke Skywalker/Mark Hamill's rearranged face after a car accident
  • Splinter of the Mind's Eye was not the scripted sequel to A New Hope. It was a collection of cool story ideas that Lucas gave to Alan Dean Foster which they COULD have made into a movie. Instead, it became a classic Star Wars story.
  • Anakin Skywalker is the “Chosen On,” not Luke. Think about it, in the end, it was Darth Vader who killed the Emperor, thus ending his reign of tyranny.
  • Darth Vader does not mean “Dark Father” and was not a clue to Luke’s parentage. At all. Stop arguing about it!
  • Princess Leia said the classic Star Wars quote “It’s a trap” first in The Empire Strikes Back, not Ackbar in Return of the Jedi. She was warning Luke Skywalker.
  • Yes, George Lucas did consider Return of the Jedi ending with Luke Skywalker turning to the dark side.
  • “I know” was not an on-the-spot ad-lib. Director Irvine Kershner suggested it to Harrison Ford who agreed to give it a go.

There are, of course, may more Star Wars myths, but we thought we'd give you a snippet that proves not everything you hear or read about the franchise is true!

This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.