‘Star Wars’ Trivia: How Much Do You Really Know About The Galaxy?

Star Wars Tivia: How much do you really know?

So you call yourself an expert in all things Star Wars? Let’s see how much you really know about the galaxy far, far away.

There are endless amounts of Star Wars trivia to go through, so we will only touch on some of the most interesting facts about George Lucas’ creation.

“I have a bad feeling about this.”

This line is repeated multiple times throughout both existing trilogies. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) say it in A New Hope. Leia says it in Return of the Jedi when she meets Lando Calrissian (Billie Dee Williams). Will J.J. Abrams include the iconic line in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Did the two actors who play Darth Vader ever meet?

The answer is, no. James Earl Jones — who voices the Dark Side feared leader — never met David Prowse, even though both played the same character in different forms. Twenty-years later Prowse was still ticked that Lucas didn’t use his own voice.

Harrison Ford intercom scene

In order to make the scene, in which Stormtroopers questions what’s going on in the cell block, more credible, Harrison Ford didn’t rehearse his lines for this scene. It turned out very credible indeed.

'Star Wars' intercom scene

Harrison Ford in Star Wars: A New Hope (Lucasfilm)

Darth Vader TIE fighter spinning scene

George Lucas insisted A New Hope include Darth Vader’s TIE fighter spinning out of control into space. He was met with opposition from other crew members, who argued it left the film setup for a sequel, which in those days was not considered a cash making film.

Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill goofed around on set

Han and Luke had some good times while filming Star Wars, that much we know, thanks to Harrison Ford. What you were perhaps not aware of is that Ford and Hamill only misbehaved when Sir Alec Guiness was not around. When he was on set, they were very proper.

George Lucas was not communicative

The actors found Lucas to be very uncommunicative with his favorite instructions being “faster” and “more intense”. When he got sick during production and lost his voice for a time, some of the other crew members made him a board with those three words on it.

'Star Wars' set

George Lucas directing Anthony Daniels (Lucasfilm)

Star Wars Oscar nomination

Did you know that this is the only science fiction movie ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award? Additionally, A New Hope is the only film in both trilogies to receive a Best Picture nomination. As we know, the Academy doesn’t normally recognize the sci-fi genre.

The trash compactor scene

In the scene where Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca are trapped in a foul smelling trash compactor, the smell was so awful that Chewie’s costume didn’t lose it for the duration of production. Also, Mark Hamill held his breath for so long that he broke a blood vessel in his face. The remaining shots are from the other side only.

Star Wars trash compactor scene

Image via Lucasfilm

Star Wars sounds

Darth Vader’s breathing sound was created by placing a small microphone in the mouthpiece of a scuba regulator and then recording the sound made by his breathing through the regulator. R2 D2’s noises were sound designer Ben Burtt making baby noises and then feeding them through a synthesizer.

Also, the sound of a TIE fighter is created by combining the squeal of a young elephant with the sound of a car driving by on a rainy highway, according to IMDB.

Darth Vader in 'Star Wars'

Image via Lucasfilm

These are just some Star Wars trivia facts that you may not know about. However, one of the most important is that George Lucas was under so much pressure and was facing so many obstacles on a daily basis during production, that he made himself sick and ended up in the hospital with hypertension.

After all that hard work, he was so sure the movie would flop that he skipped the premiere and went to Hawaii on a much needed “vacation” with Steven Spielberg, there, they came up with the idea for Raiders of the Lost Ark, which would star Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

[Image via Lucasfilm]

How Social Media Helped Make ‘Star Wars’ Day A Worldwide Celebration

'Star Wars' Day: May the fourth be with you

There is no question social media has helped make Star Wars a day of worldwide celebrations, but how did this come about?

May 4th is known in the geek world as Star War Day, a time to celebrate and bring out the nerd in fans of the massively successful franchise. As a new trilogy is to come out this December 18, with the release of The Force Awakens, fans are more excited than usual to party. Not that they need an excuse.

The origin of the date has nothing to do with the movie, just the allusion to the famous line from the franchise, “May the force be with you.” However, that’s were the link to George Lucas’ creation ends.

According to the Star Wars website, author Alan Arnold talked about “May the 4th be with you” while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm, emphasizing the influence the movies have on people of all walks of life.

Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister (in 1979). To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

May the fourth be with you

(Image via Star Wars.com

While the idea of Star Wars Day surprisingly didn’t come from Lucasfilm, George Lucas’ production company took full advantage and promoted the fan celebration as much as possible. May is after all, a special day for the franchise as the six main films have all been released during this month.

Not only is May important to Star Wars fans because of the different release dates. It is also the month in which creator George Lucas celebrates his birthday (May 14). Disney and J.J. Abrams are starting a new tradition with a December release for The Force Awakens and the new chapter in the saga. To top it all, new images came out on Monday, courtesy of Annie Leibovitz and Vanity Fair.

Social media has allowed fans to truly celebrate Star Wars Day in a global way and the hashtag has been trending all day. May the fourth be with you!

[Image via Lucasfilm]