Fun fact Friday, five facts about Star Wars you may not know.

Happy Friday and Happy New year! 2020 was a crazy year, I’m hoping 2021 will be a lot better. So let’s start the year off right with some fun facts about our favorite movies. Here are five fun facts about Star Wars you may not know.

Wind machines.

During the famous I am your father scene in The Empire Strikes Back the wind machines were so loud Mark Hamill couldn’t hear a thing Vader was saying. In a Twitter post, Hamill says he relied on visual cues to know when he needed to respond.

Got milk?

While the blue milk in the movies is well known it didn’t taste good at all. According to Mark Hamill, it was “long life” milk which is used often used by campers or other people who won’t have access to a fridge. Blue food coloring was added to the milk, as for the taste, it is described as warm, oily, and a little sweet. It was so bad it made Mark gag but he determined to make it look like he enjoyed it. Thankfully for Mark, they listened, by the time The Last Jedi came around they made major improvements. The green milk that you see him drinking is coconut water that’s dyed green post-production. If you ever get the chance to visit the Disney parks you can try both kinds of milk over in Galaxy’s Edge. I personally prefer the blue or course it tastes a lot better than the long life milk.

Harrison Ford took a saw to the Millennium Falcon.

Ford once got so made while on set that he tried to destroy the set by taking a saw to the Millennium Falcon. In an interview, Mark Hamill talks about the incident and his friendship with Ford which seemed really sweet.

You heard about Harrison taking a saw to the Millennium Falcon because he got so mad? People were coming up to me. going, “You gotta stop Harrison, he’s sawing up the Falcon.” It was made of wood and he just took a saw to it. I love Harrison. I got to stop him because I can make him laugh when he gets really, really mad. And I had no stake in it. He was with Carrie and I was still hanging out with Yoda. He’s hilarious. I told him, “If you ever play anyone that’s flawed, you’ll win an Oscar.” But he has this really specific way he wants to be seen, and I think that’s too bad because he’s really funny. He’s got a wonderfully wacky sense of humor. I’ll give you an example. This disco song that goes, ‘More, more, more, how d’ya like it, how d’ya like it’, remember that? We used to love really bad pop songs, so whenever that song would come on I’d run and turn it on. And he’d come into my dressing room and start dancing. ‘More, more, more…’ (gets up and starts prancing around the room, like a dancin’ fool). But the minute somebody comes to the door, he’d stop dead and stand there. (As Harrison Ford) ‘Yeah, okay, I’ll be down to the set in a minute.’ As soon as the door closes, it’s, ‘Get the action gain’!’ (throwing himself around the room in a disco frenzy). He’d only do it around me.

Mark Hamill

Unscripted moment.

The scene in The Last Jedi where Luke shows up and has what will be his last conversation with Leia was an emotionally charged day on set according to Hamill. Luke was about to sacrifice his life for the greater and before doing so he needed to say goodbye to his sister.

The kiss was unscripted and spontaneous in the moment, summarizing his/my feelings in a way words could never have conveyed.

Mark Hamill
Concept drawing

For a brief moment Luke Starkiller was a girl.

Back in January 1975, George Lucas was working on the second draft of what was at the time called “Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode One: The Star Wars.” (Now known as Star Wars: A New Hope). One of the issues with the script was it was seriously lacking in female characters. so George decided to do something crazy, he rewrote the story and made the main character, Luke Starkiller, an 18-year-old girl. There was even a concept drawing by artist Ralph McQuarrie. The change was short-lived and by the next script, Luke was back to being a boy. Crazy to think what may have been.

Well, that’s it for this weeks fun facts, hopefully, you learned something new or at the very least enjoyed reading them. What surprised you the most? Leave a comment and let me know. Check back next week for more fun facts.

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