If there’s one thing we can all agree on about Star Wars it’s there’s always something new to learn. Thanks to the endless amount of content in numerous forms it’s impossible to know EVERYTHING about it. Because of this, I thought a weekly facts post would be fun to do.
E.T. in Star Wars.
Yep, you read that right E.T., or The Asogians I should say, make a cameo appearance in The Phantom Menace. They were added to the movie to make good on a promise. After Steven Spielberg included a Yoda cameo and Star Wars toys in E.T., George Lucas promised to include an E.T. cameo in the next Star Wars movie he filmed.
Qui-Gon Jinn used a Gillette razor for his communicator.
The personal communicator Qui-Gon uses in The Phantom Menace was formed in the resin cast of a Gillette Ladies Sensor Excel Razor. Maybe that’s why Qui-Gon was such a smooth talker.
What do you get when you mix an elephant and a race car on wet pavement?
If you guessed TIE Fighter you are correct. Also, if you guessed TIE fighter I am insanely impressed! Sound designer Ben Burtt created the distinctive TIE fighter sound effect by combining an elephant call with a car driving on wet pavement.
Count the toes you must.
The number of toes Master Yoda has varies. If you’re watching The Phantom Menace or The Clone Wars you will find he has three. In Episodes 3, 5, and 6 you will notice he has four. Even more strange is the toys that feature him can have anywhere from three to five toes.
Harrison Ford wasn’t supposed to audition for Han Solo.
Back in 1973, Harrison Ford had a small role In George Lucas’ directorial debut film American Graffiti. At this point in his life, he wasn’t a big movie star and he planned to go to being a carpenter. When Lucas began casting for A New Hope, no one from his previous film was invited to audition as he feared his new movie wouldn’t be taken seriously. Thank the force that isn’t how things played out. Now depending on who you ask, Ford or Lucas, the story changes a bit but ultimately Harrison was doing some carpentry at the same place George was holding his casting call and the rest is history. I think I can speak for everyone when I say we couldn’t have aged for a better Han Solo. Not only that but if it weren’t for this serendipitous moment we would have had a completely different Indiana Jones. Can you imagine??
Well that’s it for this weeks fun facts. Hopefully you enjoyed these as much as I did and maybe you even learned something new. Check back every Friday for more fun, facts, and hey maybe even another terrible joke.