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