We’ve made it through another week can you believe it? This week felt extra long without having a holiday to break things up. Check out the fun facts I have for you guys this week down below.
John Ratzenberger was in The Empire Strikes Back.
Some of you may know him as Cliff Clavin from Cheers or some of you may know him as Hamm from Toy story or just that guy who has a cameo in every Pixar movie but did you know he also makes an appearance on The Empire Strikes Back? He was Bren Derlin a human make officer to the Rebel Alliance. From Wookiepedia: Bren Derlin was a human male officer of the Rebel Alliance. Bearing the rank of Major, Derlin served as the operations and security chief at Echo Base, the Alliance headquarters on the planet Hoth, under the command of General Carlist Rieekan. In that post, Derlin had to order the closing of the base door to avoid putting the whole base at risk. By doing so, however, he risked the lives of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, two valuable Rebels. Soon after that event, Derlin served during the Battle of Hoth, and later during the Battle of Endor.
When you look at a TIE Fighter what do you see? An Imperial Starfighter? Death and destruction? How about a fashion accessory? In the world of Star Wars TIE stands for Twin Ion Engine, but the real reason for the name is simply because George Lucas thought they looked like bow ties. They’re a lot less scary when you imagine getting chased by a necktie.
Sir Alec Guinness hated Star Wars.
You read that right, we all love Obi-Wan but the feeling was not mutual. Alec Guinness, who plays Ben “Obi-Wan” Kenobi in the three installments of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, was a big deal in the acting world before ever setting foot onto George Lucas’ set. So, while the “Star Wars” films made him a very rich man, he grew to resent the fact that a whole generation of moviegoers seemed to associate him solely with the character of Obi-Wan. As such, he publicly bashed the franchise a lot in his later years, even telling one interviewer that he asked George Lucas to kill off his character, so he wouldn’t have to go on delivering such banal dialogue.
The trash in the trash compactor scene was real.
I’m sure we’ve all walked past a smelly dumpster at some point in our lives, you hold your breath and walk as quickly as you can. Now imagine instead of running away you’re climbing in. According to Lucasfilm, the trash in the “New Hope” trash compactor scene was real. In fact, it smelled so bad that Mark Hamill burst a blood vessel in his face, trying to hold his breath. I think I would have been hoping the Dianoga was real too and let it take me ick!
The word Ewok is never mentioned in The Return of the Jedi.
The word “Ewok” was never spoken in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It did, however, appear in the credits. The name “Ewok” itself was inspired by the Miwok Native American tribe. The Miwok tribe is native to the Redwood forest where most of the Endor scenes were filmed. Did you notice this? You’re going to do back and watch it now, aren’t you?
Well, that’s it for this week’s fun facts. Did you learn anything new? What was your favorite fact? Let me know in the comments.