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10 Hidden Star Wars Facts You Didn’t Know

10 Hidden Star Wars Facts You Didn’t Know

Ever since its debut in 1977, the Star Wars
franchise has been a staple of pop culture. So many of its characters and aspects have
become so well-known around the world, that even those who haven’t seen the films are
aware of Han Solo and the Force. But did you know there are some details even the biggest
fans might not know about their favorite films? Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Hidden Star Wars
Facts You Didn’t Know Spielberg Can’t Direct When planning Return of the Jedi, Lucas’
first choice for director was his good friend Steven Spielberg, who was coming off the hits
Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. However, Spielberg could not accept the job, since
Lucas had dropped out of the Director’s Guild following controversy over Star Wars’
famous opening text crawl. With few options available, Lucas had to go with the non-union
choice of Richard Marquand. Thankfully Marquand worked out, and Return of the Jedi offered
a rousing finale to the trilogy. Still, it’s hard not to think what might have been if
Spielberg in his prime directed a Star Wars flick. Liam Neeson’s Poor Judgment The Phantom Menace is seen as one of the most
disappointing films ever, but even its detractors enjoyed Liam Neeson’s performance as Jedi
Master Qui-Gon Jinn. However, if it were not for a lapse in judgment, we may have missed
that memorable aspect. When offered the part, Neeson accepted it… without reading a word
of George Lucas’ maligned script. Being in a Star Wars movie is something many would
sign up for, but Neeson may have thought differently if he had seen the story Lucas had in mind,
which infamously sent the series down a dark path that it still hasn’t fully recovered
from. Yoda Speaks the Truth Even James Earl Jones couldn’t believe that
Darth Vader was Luke’s father, as the twist sent shockwaves around the world. It was such
a surprise, that Lucas had to include a scene in Return of the Jedi where Yoda informed
Luke he really was Vader’s son. That’s because a child psychologist told Lucas that
kids watching the film would dismiss Vader’s revelation as a lie unless it was unequivocally
sated as fact. Since Yoda was one of the franchise’s heroes and perceived as an honest being, it
was determined this was the best way to go. There clearly was no misdirection happening
here. Ford Takes Two After the original Star Wars became a hit,
stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher quickly signed on for two sequels. But Harrison Ford
did not. Thinking that Han Solo’s story had been told in full, the actor was unwilling
to commit to multiple films. That was one of the influencing factors in setting up the
famous carbonite sequence in The Empire Strikes Back, as everyone was unsure Ford would come
back for the third film. Luckily, Lucas convinced him to return, and Han had a heroic conclusion
to his arc and still has a part to play in the future. Lando’s a Clone? Fans would have to wait until 2002 to get
a taste of the Clone Wars teased in the original film, and Lucas’ idea for that conflict
clearly evolved over time. The initial concept for Han’s buddy Lando was that Lando was
a clone that fought in the War, leading a legion of them to a settlement when the fighting
was over. Admittedly, that would have been an interesting angle to explore, but having
Lando be a one-of-a-kind smooth talking scoundrel was for the best and set up a stronger character
arc. It’s hard to go wrong with Billy Dee Williams. Luke Becomes Vader Despite the Emperor’s best attempts, Luke
never turns to the Dark Side of the Force and remains a hero until the very end. But
Lucas toyed with the idea of having the hero become bad. In the early stages, Return of
the Jedi was going to end with Luke putting on Vader’s helmet and saying, “Now I am
Vader.” It would have been a moment out of left field and completely ruin the entire
story of the trilogy. Thankfully, this was never a change Lucas made to the originals.
Seeing Luke have one touching moment with his father was much more emotional and satisfying
for viewers. Star Wars: Flop of the Century After completing a rough cut of the first
film, Lucas showed it to a few of his director friends, and many were unimpressed with the
results. Playing into Lucas’ worst fears about the project, the likes of Brian de Palma
and others called it the “worst movie ever made” and did not express much hope for
it. The only one who proved to be prophetic was Steven Spielberg, who believed from the
beginning that Star Wars had what it took to be a major success. He may have just been
trying to make his friend feel better, but Spielberg seemed to know what he was talking
about. A Disturbance in the Force George Lucas created Star Wars, but producer
Gary Kurtz was just as instrumental. When he left the franchise before Return of the
Jedi, it upset many of the cast and crew – and sent the series down a different path. Lucas
and Kurtz disagreed over why people loved Star Wars. Lucas thought it was the spectacle
and put more of an onus on special effects and commercialization. Kurtz fought for poignant
stories that resonated. As we could later see in the response to the prequel trilogy,
many of the Star Wars fans would have sided with Kurtz. It’s too bad he didn’t stay
on. The First Film is Fourth? When Star Wars was first released, it was
just Star Wars. Its sequel started the trend of subtitled “episodes,” and The Empire
Strikes Back was called “Episode 5.” To make things more consistent, Lucas re-released
the original movie with the addition “Episode 4 – A New Hope.” However, he did not have
the prequel trilogy planned at the time, and Fox executives tried to discourage him from
it to avoid confusing moviegoers familiar with Roman numerals. He eventually went back
and completed the story, but for a while it had to be odd to many that the first, second,
and third films were really fourth, fifth, and sixth. What’s My Name? Boba Fett. Palpatine. Ewoks. These names are
iconic as part of Star Wars lore, but how did they get that way? Unlike Luke, Han, and
Vader, the names are hardly spoken in the original trilogy – if at all. Boba is referred
to as “the bounty hunter” throughout Empire Strikes Back until Han utters his name before
he falls into the Sarlacc Pit, and nobody says “Palpatine” or “Ewok” in Return
of the Jedi. It’s a testament to Star Wars merchandise that these figures are known by
their full names and not just what’s said in the films. It’s hard to imagine them
standing out if they were known only by generic terms and not something unique to them. Those were our picks for Star Wars Hidden
Facts, were there any we missed? If you know more unknown facts about Star Wars, feel free
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100 comments on “10 Hidden Star Wars Facts You Didn’t Know

  1. If return of the Jedi was made in 1995 and revenge of the sith how do they know what anikin would look like they show his ghost

  2. Btw guys whoever thinks yoga died actually he could still be alive cause he said he needs to rest for millions of years so he could come back!

  3. Han solos last name is due to him flying without his girl friend. When the guy asked for his last name he said I don't have one so the attendant said ok so Han Solo then

  4. Luke becoming Vader is terrible. It is something Rian Johnson would do. He will ruin his upcoming trilogy

  5. He uses that voice to fool Qui-Gon and Obi-wan who he knows are Jedi and leads them straight into Darth Maul's trap.

  6. If anyone remembers the original toy line Princess Leia had the last name "Organa" on the box before the prequals introduced Beil Organa

  7. Hm, wasnt the Emperor only Named in the Prequels?
    I cant remmeber that before 1999 they mentioned the name Palpatine.

  8. I am so sick of people hating the prequels..I grew up hating the older movies and thought they were quite corny and old looking..that is until..when I was 14 and seen episode 1 and the dual of the fates fight with darth maul.. I mean c'mon guys..hate jar jar but you take the good with the bad..jar jar might be clumsy but c3p0 is the gayest robot in movie so sick of hearing this.. if not for the prequels..which I loved..I think the older generation didn't like them as much because well.. they weren't kids!! so they were overly critical..but again..i watched a new hope , empire strikes back and return of the Jedi a few days after I seen the phantom menace and was aw struck and just blown away.. but yeah..darth maul and his double bladed lightsaber..a lightsaber duel for the ages..seeing the Jedi council and vader as a boy…cmon..pure god damn magic…AND..only because of those movies did I come to love the original movies..on to episode 2 and l the story of luke and leias parents..I mean..cmon.I can still remember the moment when Yoda dropped his caine and just went flippen crazy with his lightsaber n then picked it back up and went on limping after it was over..pure gold..
    the older generation just does not have any appreciation for what got 90% of us younger kids into star wars in the first place. shame on all of you..get rid of the prequels more darth maul or the rule of more pod Yoda fight more of vaders got to take the good with the bad..and you.might not like it..but all 3 prequels deserve their rightful spot among the others…STOP HATING ON MY PREQUELS!! I'm 32 now but I still remember hangin off my seat watching obi wan and qui gonn fight darth maul..and yoda against dooku and finally getting to see the fight between obi wan and Anakin on the lava planet(mustafar) that we heard scarce details about in books and write ups until George brought it to life in all its cinematic glory…yeah..jar jars not my favorite charactor either but he has a spot in my heart right next to C3PO . you people call yourselves star wars fans.. should be ashamed!!!!!

  9. obi wan kenobi originally wasn't gonna to have a beard but when they did the Star Wars the actor had a beard & they said it just fit & they couldn't picture him without it

  10. What?! Oh come on man, my favourite sith and my favourite jedi are both seen only in the Phantom menace! Go qui-gon go darth maul!

  11. What?! Oh come on man, my favourite sith and my favourite jedi are both seen only in the Phantom menace! Go qui-gon go darth maul!

  12. Although, obi wan is not that bad either…obi wan: I was wondering whether you got my message.
    Anakin: I retransmited it just as you request master… then we decided to rescue you…
    Obi wan: good job (!)

  13. I am watching the Phantom Menace now and I am not 1 itty bitty bit disappointed hey!! It is sad we did not get to see more of Qui-Gon Jin and Darth Maul but better what he have not what we do not have.

  14. Just so you know Lucas always had the prequel films in mind…He even thought ahead to write a script for a low budget TV sequel if Star Wars flopped, it was later turned into the book "Splinter of the Minds Eye".

  15. Star Wars life Day first movie to have merchandising white T-shirt comment books and especially toys and action figurine no movie had done that before

  16. Rick and morty spin offs should exsist and more personalized starwars movies like
    Luke Darth Maul
    Yoda Mace Windu a bounty hunter movie a bounty hunter plot element they all deserve Their Own Story we're all the main character in life

  17. I've always been of the opinion that George Lucas had a totally different story line in mind for Star Wars but changed it to make it more family friendly.

  18. Of the films, these are my favourites
    1)revenge of the sith
    2)empire strikes back
    3)rougue one
    4)star wars
    5)force awakens
    6)return of the jedi
    7)last jedi
    8)attack of the clones

  19. Everyone hated that Han Solo died in Force Awakens because he was important to everyone for a scoundrel.

  20. I don't think it worth asking, what if Spielberg directed Return? He has a pretty distinctive visual style that would've clashed with the generic way the first two were shot. I don't mean generic as bad, but there weren't many director trademarks in them and they let the effects and story shine. Spielberg's style often calls attention to itself like another character in a movie. If the trilogy was his baby then yes, but him as a hired gun goes against his style.

  21. Harrison Ford was working on the sets of Star Wars when Lucas approached him and commented that he thought Ford wanted to be an actor, he had been in an earlier film Lucas did American Graffiti and Ford said it was hard to find work. That’s when Lucas hired him to play as Han Solo.

  22. This story could have been told in any place and any time. The story isn't dependent on science fiction. But, plastic toys are.

  23. The only thing I didn't like about the prequels was everything seemed more advanced then episode 4 5 and 6

  24. Are you trying to win the prize as fasted speaking Youtube moderator? Slow down for Christ sake! There are more non native English speaking folks on youtube than native speakers.

  25. How many different times are you going to put Yoda having to admit the truth on your lists? 5 facts you dont know, 10 things you dont know, 20 things no one knows. Safe to say after the first time on a list, we kind of know it😁

  26. This is my ranking
    A new hope
    The empire strikes back
    Return of the Jedi
    The force awakens
    Revenge of the sith
    The last Jedi
    Rogue one
    The phantom menace
    Attack of the clones
    And the holiday special

  27. Little unknown FACT.
    In the early seventies my older brother dreamed of this story he wrote it down for an English assignment in Grammar School The Substitute Teacher was so impressed with the story he asked if he can borrow it and show it to a friend that teachers friend I believe was the writer which stole my brother's idea every one of these movies even though I watch it for the first time seems like a rerun little unknown fact my brother created the story way back in the 70s in Grammar School. His name is Mike White and that's a true fact SO2 teacher never return the paperwork they stole it from him

  28. Forgot one. The pilot with the orange helmet is Ewan Mcgregor(young obi wan) uncle in real life. Hes is Macgregor mom brother.

  29. Here is a fact: Steven Spielberg owned 1% of "Star Wars- Episode 4" and George Lucas owned 1% of "Encounters of the Third Kind". On a hand shake bet.

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  31. Just a headsup, The reason he created 4, 5 and 6 first was because that he couldn´t make 1, 2 and 3 the way he wanted with the current technology.

  32. Of all the sequels, prequels and shmequels that are made now, I really want to see Darth Maul in one of them again! He was the most wasted character of the Star Wars Universe. And I remember the time vividly when we had no clue how all the names of these characters were. No clue how the AT-ATs were called, nothing. We came up with names for them by ourselves. 😉

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