Another week down *does the happy dance* hopefully, you all made it out in decent shape. I did, barely but I did. Partially thanks to Star Wars Lofi beats by Closed on Sunday. You can find them here on YouTube or Spotify. My workdays are spent listening to this channel or one of the Star Wars albums. Anyway, back to what you came here for, check out this week’s fun facts below.
George Lucas killed Chewbacca.
Yep, you read that right, Chewie is dead, well at least in the Expanded Universe novels. The authors and editors didn’t have it out for Chewie specifically but they felt that they needed to kill off a well-known character so they sent George a list of people they would like to kill. Luke Skywalker was number one on their list, can you imagine?! George responded to their list with a list of characters they weren’t allowed to kill off and unfortunately for our favorite Wookie, he didn’t make the cut.
We see Boba Fett’s face in The Empire Strikes Back.
When the original actor fell through, Jeremy Bulloch was asked to play Imperial Lieutenant Sheckil, the man who captures Princess Leia when she tries to escape on Bespin. We see him again as the official who brings Darth Vader the dismembered body of C-3PO. Bulloch also made a cameo appearance in The Revenge of the Sith as Captain Colton, the pilot of the Tantive III.
You can visit Tatooine.
While the planet may not exist you can visit the set. Hotel Sidi Driss, Matmata, Tunisia, here you will find the inside of Luke Skywalker’s home. Built centuries ago by indigenous Berbers, the subterranean cave homes were converted to a hotel which George Lucas used as Luke Skywalker’s childhood home in the original “Star Wars” film. Although the set was taken down after the filming of A New Hope, it was rebuilt for Attack of the Clones and remained when the crew left. You can also see the igloo exterior of Luke’s house which was filmed about 300 kilometers away on the dried-up salt lake of Chott El Jerid.
Carrie Fisher slapped Oscar Isaac more than twenty times.
Remember when Poe disobeyed General Organa’s orders and was demoted? Well, apparently that scene was difficult to get just right so Carrie ended up slapping him a good “27 takes” in a row according to Oscar. Can I just say I’d be honored to be slapped by Carrie Fisher.
R2-D2 originally spoke English and it wasn’t very nice.
In the Original draft of Star Wars, written in 1974, R2-D2 spoke in English instead of beeps and boops. He also was kind of a bully, saying things like “You’re a mindless, useless, philosopher,” and “You’re nothing more than a dim-witted, emotion-brained intellectual. Why you were created is beyond my logic systems.” to C-3PO. OUCH. I’m glad they decided to have him speak in beeps and boops instead, you can tell he is sarcastic and sassy without the flat out meanness they were originally going for.
Well, that’s it for this weeks fun facts, were any of these things new or surprising to you? What was your favorite fact? Planning a trip to Tunisia as we speak? Let me know in the comments. Have a great weekend!