Star Wars, the epic space opera about how, a long time ago, one family’s squabbles nearly ruined a galaxy far, far away. With nine films to be released in the main saga and a number of anthology films such as Rogue One and an upcoming Han Solo film, the franchise has earned over $7.5 billion and made international superstars out Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and… we guess Mark Hamill.
Here are a few things you might not know about a film so popular that it spawned its own religion: Star Wars.
60. Who’s Your Daddy?
The famous line in which Darth Vader reveals Luke’s parentage is often misquoted as, “Luke, I am your father.” The actual line is “No, I am your father,” but in order to contextualize it, people added Luke’s name similar to how everyone misquotes it as “Beam me up, Scotty,” despite Kirk having never said that line.
59. To his Credit
George Lucas paid a fine and resigned from the Directors’ Guild because they insisted on a traditional credit sequence for A New Hope and he wanted to start it with the now-iconic opening crawl.
58. Camera Tricks
Those opening credits were actually filmed by creating a six-foot long glossy printed plate of the text and then having the camera slowly pan down. While decidedly unsophisticated, it worked wonderfully. Although not wonderfully enough to avoid getting a CGI makeover for the Special Edition rereleases.
57. Ornithological Evolution
The Blockade Runner, Princess Leia’s ship at the beginning of A New Hope, was the original design of the Millennium Falcon.
56. Loves Bananas He Does
George Lucas originally had plans for Yoda to be played by a monkey who would wear a mask and use a cane.
55. Harrison Shot First
Among the top contenders to play Han Solo were Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, and Christopher Walken.
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