14 Little-Known Facts About Star Wars

For the third week in a row, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the biggest movie in the world. It’s no secret that Star Wars is popular. But even some of the most diehard fans won’t be familiar with these little-known facts.

Droid Alert

C-3PO and R2-D2 are the only characters to appear in every Star Wars movie

Vader Who?

Although the role is considered one of the greatest in movie history, Darth Vader appears for only 12 minutes in the first Star Wars movie: A New Hope.

Ignite the Purple

Mace Windu is the only character to have a purple lightsaber.

Space Spud

In several Original Trilogy space scenes, potatoes and shoes were used as makeshift asteroids.

E.T. in Star Wars?

The alien species from E.T. makes a quick cameo during the Galactic Senate scene in The Phantom Menace.

Monkey Yoda?

Early in the process of making Star Wars, Yoda was nearly played by an actual monkey. Thanks to advancements of puppetry (seen in the photo above) we got the green frogish Yoda we all know and love.

That’s No Wookiee

Chewbacca’s “voice” was created from a combination of real-life bear, lion, walrus and badger sounds.

Razor Phone

Qui-Gon Jinn’s communicator is a resin cast of a razor.

It’s a (Tourist) Trap

Many of the original Tatooine sets from the 1970s are still standing in Tunisia.

What’s In a Name?

The word “Ewok” is never mentioned in a Star Wars movie.

Handmade Feel

The budget for A New Hope: $13 million. The budget for The Last Jedi: $250 million. That tiny budget is responsible for some of the most beloved parts of A New Hope, as practical effects (like the model in the photo above) were used over less believable special effects.

Bad Feelings

“I have a bad feeling about this” has been spoken in each Star Wars movie.

Starkiller, Luke Starkiller

Luke’s last name was originally “Starkiller” before being changed to “Skywalker.” The name pops up again in The Force Awakens as the codename for the First Order’s Death Star-like weapon.

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