Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide
Happy May the Fourth. This of course is the day that nerds allover the globe, celebrate all things Star Wars. Over the last couple years, I have gone out to learn new Star Wars Trivia and share it with you my internet friends.
This year of course we are saddened by the loss of Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca. I like all fans are mourning the lost of a man who seemed to love the fans as much they loved him. Despite out sadness, we can all take solace in the fact that he thoroughly loved his life and enjoyed what he was part of.
OK here is the Trivia I found this year.
All though not mentioned in the movies General Grievous flagship is called the Invisible Hand, which in Capitalism is the balance between supply and demand.
Jeremy Bulloch, who originally played Boba Fett, stood in for an imperial officer.
George Lucas considered using African Americans for most the cast and hiring a Japanese lead for Obie Wan Kenobi.
When Mark Hamill discovered that Luke and Leia were going to be brother and sister, he wanted George Lucas to create a female love interest for the young Jedi. He even gave him a book of classic sci-fi art, to help him decide what she would look like.
Mark Hamill climbed in side the dewback prop, which was made of paper Mache, inside he read a review off a David bowie concert by flashlight.
The production budget of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, was 11 million dollars. It made 860 million dollars. Harrison Ford was paid $10,000 for the part of Han Solo.
On the tiny island of Nui in the South Pacific limit edition Star Wars coins are considered legal currency.
We all pretty much know that Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi, title was changed form Revenge of the Jedi, because Lucas felt Jedi don’t get revenge. But what I didn’t know until recently, was Star Trek II, producers changed the subtitle from Revenge of Khan to The Wrath of Khan, for fear of confusion with early Jedi posters.
Lando Calrissian’s co-pilot Nien Nunb, lines are actually Kenyan. This is a source of great pride among many Kenyans.
The Word Ewok is never said in any of the movies.
Attack of the Clones was the first Star Wars movie not to be the top grosser for that year. It made 302 Million Dollars and was beat out by both Spider Man and Lord of the Rings: Two Towers.
Between The Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith, Peter Mayhew’s only movie role was as a voice a voice over in 1997’s Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Journey.