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post 10 Obscure Facts From “The Making of Star Wars”

November 9th, 2007

Filed under: Star Wars General,Star Wars Humor — admin @ 11:10 pm

The Making of Star Wars

Here are 10 obscure things you can learn by reading “The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film”:

1. Between the second and third drafts, Luke was changed to be a girl. (I knew he was to whiny to be a man!)

2. The Jawa Sandcrawler set was searched by the Libyan army to make sure it wasn’t a Tunisian military operation. (I wonder if Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi is a Star Wars fan?)

3. The R2-D2 robot wandered into the set of Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth,” which was also filming in the Tunisian desert. (They should have worked the lovable asteroid-mech in as the mysterious 13th apostle!)

4. Alec Guinness got mad and almost quit when, midway through production, George Lucas decided that Obi-Wan Kenobi would die. (Guinness was just tired of picking sand out of his ass – I mean the guy was a high-brow thespian for crying out loud!)

5. Carrie Fisher stood on a turntable to film the R2-D2 hologram message. (Put the needle on the record, put the needle on the record and the Princess goes like this…)

6. After playing the part of C3-P0 for the entire production, Anthony Daniels was almost replaced during voice-over recordings by someone who could make the character sound more like an American used-car salesman. (Sometimes I wish they had given Threepio a different voice, not sure car salesman is the way to go though to get less annoying.)

7. The trench that the rebels fly through isn’t the one that runs around the equator of the Death Star. It’s one of 18 vertical trenches that start halfway up from the equator and run toward the north pole. (Lucas must have been smoking a lot of pot back in those days – too bad he quit before the prequels came out)

8. The motion picture review board rated “Star Wars” a G, until the studio went back and demanded a PG rating. Also, some of the raters fell asleep during the screening. (How in the hell does someone fall asleep during their very first viewing of Star Wars – WTF? How were they not mesmerized when you consider some of the other movies the MPAA screened that year like Beaver Dam or Chaste and Pure or The Amazing Apes)

9. Lucas and Steven Spielberg swapped profit points on their two movies, “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” each believing the other’s would do better. (I never realized Encounters came out the same year – or that Encounters did so poorly in the Box Office, as it was 30th most popular that year – guess what was #1)

10. Twentieth Century Fox’s stock jumped 450% immediately after Star Wars came out. (They should have just given the keys of the studio to Lucas right then)

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