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Re: Star Wars Facts, Interviews and Information

Postby x-wing_flyboy » Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:10 pm

The following is taken from the official game guide for ROTS video game. It gives an insite into the work and skills of Nick Gillard
and Hayden Christensen, who helped to produce the game with it's developers.

Interview is with Mr Anthony Doe, lead combat designer / scripter for the The Collective.

I = Interviewer
AD = Anthony Doe

I. "What was it like having Hayden Christensen and Nick Gillard there in your development of the game? How much did their input
affect the final game?"

AD. "It was one of those true highlights on making the game. A great experience. From the beginning Nick showed us the basics of
Jedi combat: the stances, attacks, defences and philosophies. It was like a kind of modern day Jedi training. The best part was that
it was really all geared towards us, to create the most authentic Jedi action experience yet seen in a video game. It's the reason why
Nick bought his good friend Hayden Christensen, to work with us. Hayden had trained a considerable time with Nick for Revenge of
the Sith. It definitely showed. He impressed us all by showing some serious skill with a practice Saber (much more so than in the
films) together, they not only showed us some of the brilliant Episode 3 fight choreography, but also acted out custom content for
the game! All of this will show in the final product. The influence of Nick and Hayden will be seen in every swing of the players
lightsaber. You can't help but feel it when you play the game."

I. "Nick says you guys had some pretty elaborate lightsaber fights of your own?"

AD. "There was a video we put together that he was impressed by. That's the thing- as combat designers at The Collective, we act
out fights, it's part of our daily routine-our bread and butter. A lot of us are martial artists, so it comes naturally . In researching
for Episode 3, we pored over all the movies, looked at previous Star Wars games, and even some of the early Episode 3 fight
choreography. We took that to heart, acted out the moves and captured that to video. It's really for our own sake to make better
fighting characters for the game. Although, I will admit, it's pretty fun to do also."

I. "Any funny stories from Nick and Hayden's clinic you can share?"

AD. "One of the days, Nick was showing us some advanced Lightsaber stuff. He just finished demonstrating a really wicked saber
combo, stepping through through a blur of practice-saber trails. spinning in 360's and powerful imaginary killing blows 'And now,'
he said, 'for something really dangerous.'
'What could that be?' we all imagined. 'An even deadlier saber technique?'
He paused, stepped forward, and then...broke out into a back spin, it was like Jedi break dancing! The next thing you know, our
director is doing the moon walk....which was, umm....strange. All in all, it was pretty hilarious, I guess you had to be there"

I. "What's the hardest part of making the combat system for the Episode 3 video game?"

AD. "With Nick directing us, it was a piece of cake! It was great to have worked with him and Hayden. The hardest part was taking
that all in, digesting the many dozens of moves the showed us, and making it live and breath in the game. So you will see over a
hundred unique player character abilities, from swinging the saber through seemingly endless combo's, to delivering some deadly
force power, to engaging the Episode 3 characters in saber-lock battles. You'll see this minted in the different styles of Anakin,
Obi-Wan, Dooku,Mace and all the other Jedi you will be able to play."
"Getting all that to work with that 'Star Wars feeling' we all know and love was the challenge. We faced that as our everyday goal for
over a year. It has always been our goal to create the ultimate Jedi action experience. Will we deliver on this? Well, lets just say, I'm
very proud of what will hit the shelves in May."

I. "How does the Force come into play in the game?"

AD. "The Force is your special sauce in the game-your personal can of woop-ass. Whether good or evil, you will be able to use the
Force in fun and destructive ways. Imagine whimsically knocking over a squad of droids with just a hand gesture. Or grabbing that
explosive canister from afar, and hurling it at Count Dooku? Feeling a little injured? You can Force heal yourself too! Then again, if
you just want to destroy more efficiently, the Force is there for you....giving you the ability to saber through, cast lighting to fry
your foes or mind trick them into fighting on your side. The Force is also part of the players development in the game. Whether
playing as Obi-Wan or Anakin, the player will gain experience and upgrade his library of force powers.In addition, the player will
unlock some really destructive special abilities and signature moves which also use Force powers. The amount you have is
measured in a Force power bar that constantly regenerates over time."

I. "How different are the fighting styles of Anakin and Obi-Wan?"

AD. "They are as different as their personalities. Anakin is the raw talent, unrefined, passionate and strong.He's got the cocky
assuredness of somebody who knows he is the best. You see this in his style, flashy but efficient, direct and powerful, arrogant,
unrestrained. He has a certain brooding demeanor. As Anakin turns to the darkside, his style becomes increasingly dark, and this
will be seen in the fury moves the player unlocks throughout the game."
"By contrast, Obi-Wan is calm, focused and controlled. He's the epitome of the classically trained Jedi Master. There's a certain
gracefulness and constant flow to his moves. Whereas Anakin is more direct and to the point, Obi-Wan swings and sweeps with
carefully controlled arcs. He 'glides' as Nick described. in contrast to Anakin's power 'fury' moves, Obi-Wan's unlockables we call his
'focus' powers, which are all about speed and precision

(Thanks Dave, hope everybody likes it)
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Re: Sansweet moves on

Postby x-wing_flyboy » Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:12 pm

Not watched it, couldn't bring myself to witness acts of vandalism to the hollowed SW toys of the 70's.
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Re: Star Wars Facts, Interviews and Information

Postby X-Wing Fighter Pilot » Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:08 am

1. The first trailer for the film hit cinemas six months before it was to open - with tag lines such as "the story of a boy, a girl and a universe" and "a billion years in the making" - as executives hoped to drum up some interest in a film they had little faith in.

George Lucas
George Lucas struggled to make people understand his vision
2. Made on a budget of $11m (£5.5m) it made $215m (£108m) in the US during its original release, and $337m (£170m) overseas. The final film in the franchise - Revenge of the Sith - cost about $113m (£57m) to make.

3. It was originally called The Star Wars, but "the" was dropped fairly early on in the creative process.

4. The full title Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope first appeared when the film was re-released in 1981.

5. Director George Lucas originally had a contract with Fox for $150,000 (£75,941) for writing and directing Star Wars. But he cannily insisted on total control and 40% of merchandising - something the studio agreed to because they had no idea of what a phenomenon Star Wars would become.

6. The famous - and often imitated - opening crawl for Star Wars was co-written by Brian De Palma, the director of Scarface. It begins "It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire."

7. Sir Alec Guinness made a ton of money from the film having recognised its potential success and negotiating a deal for two per cent of box office takings. He also refused to do any promotional work for the film.

8. Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2, are the only actors credited with being in all six Star Wars films.

9. Harrison Ford was far from George Lucas' first choice to play Han Solo as the director had wanted completely new faces for Star Wars. Ford had already starred in Lucas' American Graffiti.

10. The original release date was set for Christmas 1976 but major delays in filming saw it pushed back. The Fox studio had threatened to close down production when filming over-ran by more than two weeks.

INSPIRATION

11. Ralph McQuarrie created the paintings which were used to illustrate how the Star Wars universe could look. He started out as a technical illustrator for Boeing.

Stormtroopers
The Stormtroopers

12. The Wookiee Chewbacca was inspired by George Lucas' beloved dog Indiana - an Alaskan malamute.

13. Lucas once said that the shape of the Millennium Falcon was based on a hamburger.

14. George Lucas based the character of Han Solo on his friend Francis Ford Coppola.

15. The droids R2-D2 and C-3PO are said to be based on the 1958 Akira Kourosawa film Kakushi toride no san akunin (The Hidden Fortress). Other characters in Star Wars were also drawn from the film including Han Solo and Ben Kenobi.

MARKETING AND MERCHANDISING

16. Cinemas in the US were press-ganged into buying the film after few took up the option, with the threat that they wouldn't get The Other Side of Midnight - a widely-anticipated adaptation of a Sidney Sheldon novel. The Other Side of Midnight, starring Susan Sarandon, was a box office flop.

17. Publicity supervisor Charles Lippincott was aware of the power of the sci-fi fan, going along to conventions to talk about Star Wars and what audiences could expect. He was largely credited with bringing in huge opening day audiences.

Alec Guinness
Sir Alec Guinness became very rich off the back of Star Wars

18. The merchandise for the film was not in place to accommodate the demand for the first Christmas rush after the film's release. Lucas and merchandise company Kenner Toys hit upon a novel idea with the introduction of early bird certificate boxes. These were basically empty boxes that promised the receiver they would get the figures once they had been made. They sold for $16 at the time and the actual figures arrived two months later. Limited edition packs were re-released in 2005.

19. More than 250 million small action figures were shipped in the eight years after the first film, going to countries across the world. In the first year alone 42m were sold.

AWARDS

20. Composer John Williams won an Oscar for his score for Star Wars. The music was later named by the American Film Institute as the greatest film score of all time.

21. A New Hope was the only one of the six films in the franchise to be nominated in the Academy Awards best picture category. It lost out to Woody Allen's Annie Hall.

MISHAPS AND MISCELLANEOUS

22. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, was involved in a car accident following primary shooting. His face was damaged making reshoots impossible. Hamill later said he only broke his nose and reports that his face was reconstructed were wide of the mark.

23. Anthony Daniels was injured during his first outing as C-3PO when a leg piece fell off his gold-coloured costume and shattered - stabbing him in the foot.

24. On the first day of filming in the deserts of Tunisia, the country experienced its first major rainstorm in 50 years and a rest day had to be called.

25. When filming moved to Elstree it was hoped the earlier problems encountered in the desert would be finished. But a new problem arose in the shape of the strict British working conditions adhered to on set. Lucas says that filming had to close at 5.30pm on the dot, unless he was in the middle of a shot - when he could ask workers to stay for an extra 15 minutes.

Darth Vader costume
Darth Vader was played by British actor Dave Prowse

26. One of the most famous bloopers from the film is when stormtroopers burst into a room and one of them hits his head on the door frame. Fans of Star Wars and the blooper have spotted hundreds of "mistakes" throughout the Star Wars franchise but many can only be spotted by the most eagle-eyed viewer.

27. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca, worked as a hospital orderly in London before being cast as the Wookiee. He was said to have got into character by copying the mannerisms of animals he visited at the zoo.

28. David Prowse, the 6ft 7ins actor who plays Darth Vader, had problems filming lightsaber scenes as he kept breaking the poles that were used as stand-ins for the weapons. In the sequels, fight co-ordinator Bob Anderson stepped into the costume to film the lightsaber scenes.

29. George Lucas wanted his sets to look worn and scuffed but the studio cleaning service continually cleaned and tidied up after a day's filming - much to the director's dismay.

30. Lucas' stress levels reached such a height that he thought he was having a heart attack. He was diagnosed with hypertension and exhaustion and told to rest - something the punishing schedule would not allow.
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Re: Star Wars Facts, Interviews and Information

Postby X-Wing Fighter Pilot » Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:15 am

from facebook. might not be 100%

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Terry Cooper anybody know something weird and rarely know about Star Wars? NOt made-up, actual truths???

I'l start:

1. Ex-porn star (and ex girlfriend of Prince Andrew) KOO STARK filmed scenes for Star Wars as 'Camie' in the deleted 'Toshi Station ' sequence.

2. R2D2's domed head came from a large factory lampshade.

3. The Cantina bertender, Wuher, was played by TED BURNETT, who also appeared with Mark Hamill in the 1982 film, Britannia Hospital. Hamill played a stoner CIA agent!

4. Shelagh Fraser who played Aunt Beru, had all her lines overdubbed!

more....?
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Lee Padden 1) Harrison Ford's original fee for Star Wars was less than he was earning as a carpenter.
2) The youngest actor to play an Ewok was 11, the oldest 67.
3) George Lucas got the idea for the shape of the Millenium Falcon after taking a bite from a hamburger.
4) The tiny lettering on Darth Vader's breastplate is Hebrew.
5) Yoda's eyes were modelled on those of Albert Einstein.
6) The sound of a lightsaber is the hum of an old film projector motor combined with the buzz of a microphone passing a TV tube.
7) 'Seven' and 'Fight Club' director, David Fincher, was an effects cameraman at ILM during the filming of Return of the Jedi.
8) The Banthas in Star Wars were played by an elephant called Mardji.
9) The Star Wars crew experienced the first rain in Tunisia for 50 years.
10) David Lynch turned down the chance to direct Return of the Jedi.

Can anyone beat that? I have more!

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Terry Cooper I'll continue as there aren't any other takers!!

1. Perry King played Han Solo in the Radio play of Star Wars. But he originally auditioned for the Solo Role in 1976!

2. Carrie Fisher wore white duct tape under her dress instead of underwear.

3. The Stormtrooper armour was based on a human skeleton.

4. The scene in TESB where Luke talks to the ghost of Ben Kenobi was done 20 feet from the hotel in Norway!

5. Also auditioning in 1976 were Kurt Russell and Sissy Spacek, for the roles of Han Solo and Leia respectively.

6. Most of the extras used in Star Wars came from an agency called Uglies, inc.

7. The two blue-headed, red eyed aliens in the Cantina scene are neimoidians, seen in the Prequel Trilogy as running the Trade Federation.

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Eivind Nauste One of the extras from the Battle of Hoth Sequence later became the host of the Norwegian Millionaire Show!
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Terry Cooper Now THAT's a rarely known fact! Well done!


Here's another:

Greedo was played by two actors, ona male and the other female in later shot scenes..

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Aaron 'Burr' Buras has anyone seen the clip in episodeIV when the storm trooper hit's his head on the top of the door. It's when the troopers bust in to the room where C3PO and R2D2 are hiding.
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Eivind Nauste Yeah I know. Interesting fact: In Attack of the Clones, when Jango escapes from Kamino on his ship, he hits his head on the door. I'm pretty sure this is a homage to the blooper in episode IV
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Eric Allen Related rarely known Star Wars Fact:

In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - The night club in the opening scene is called Club Obi Wan
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Simon Bough In a New hope, at the very end where Luke and Han Go down to pick up their medals from Princess Leia.

You could not see this in the Original but when the trilogy was released in Wide Screen.... You can clearly see that the Rebel soldiers at the edge of the crowd are not real people but cardboard cut outs.


I also heard years ago that the star wars movies collectively hold or held the record for the most spottable mistakes in any motion picture.


Not sure if that is 100% verifiable

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Lee Padden 1) Around 2.2 million Americans played truant from work and school to see The Phantom Menace when released on 19th May 1999.
2) George Lucas added the scene where the Wampa attacks Luke at the start of The Empire Strikes Back to explain a broken nose and facial injuries Mark Hamill sustained in a car crash after Star Wars.
3) In 1978 Kenner sold 42,322,500 Star Wars action figures.
4) Orson Welles was considered as the voice of Darth Vader.
5) The actors didn't exactly command respect on the set of the first movie. In the scene where the heroes collect their medals, Mark Hamill says that some of the extras shouted 'wanker' at him as he walked past. That may go some way to explaning why...
6) Extras from the sets of the 2 sequels claim that Hamill would frequently boast about how much money he would be earning from being the star of the franchise.
7) During the first screening of Star Wars for the 20th Century Fox board of directors, many of the executives fell asleep.
8) Mark Hamill's son Nathan starred as an extra in The Phantom Menace.
9) Harrison Ford was not Lucas' first choice for the role of Han Solo, as he wanted an unknown actor and Ford had appeared in Lucas' own American Graffiti. Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken, and Robert Englund (Freddie Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street) were all considered.
10) Keira Knightley and Sofia Coppola played handmaidens to Padme in The Phantom Menace.

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Yossarian Nutt The Millenium Falcon's original concept design became the Tantive IV, the rebel blockade runner the Star Destroyer captures in the opening sequence.

In an early version of the script for what became ANH ( Ep 4 ) stormtroopers carried lightsabres.

The patrol craft for Bespin Cloud City was modeled on a pair of hair dryers stuck together.

David Prowse, who played Darth Vader spoke all of Vader's lines. He didn't know until he saw the first screening of ANH that he was dubbed by the voice of James Earl Jones.

Only Mark Hamil knew the line vader in ESB ( Ep 5 ) would be saying was the revelation about himn being Luke;'s father, Mark was told as he stepped on to set to record the line ! Prowse spoke a line that was a place holder in the script so that no one would know until the final sound edit.

Wicket the Ewok was originally to be played by Kenny Baker, who played R2, but Kenny fell ill on the day the scene Leia meets Wicket. Warwick Davis was cast to play a bit part Ewok and was asked to step up to the 'lead' Ewok role.

Warwick based the inquisitive head tilting that characterises Wicket on his family's pet dog's behaviour when curious.

In the original Kenner release of the bounty hunters action figures, the 4-LOM and Zuckus figures' names were accidentally switched. 4-LOM is actually the robot, 4-LOM is the alien, both have simiar bug eyes...

Return of the Jedi was originally to be called Revenge of the Jedi, but it was changed as Lucas believed a Jedi would not lower himself to an act of revenge, some teaser poster were printed and issued with the revenge name.

To help keep the filming of ROTJ ( Ep 6 ) secret and to prevent suppliers bumping up prices if the knew they were supplying goods for the Star Wars sequel, the filming was done under the name 'Blue Harvest'.

Han Solo's 'I know' line in ESB (EP 5 ) was ad-libbed by Ford, after several takes of his line 'I love you too' that was scripted as his reply to Leia's announcement came accross as corny and un-like the character, Ford was given free reign to ad-lib and Lucas loved the line the moment Ford spoke it.
The line was then re-used in a role reversal in the bunker scene in ROTJ ( Ep 6 )
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Brian Joseph George Lucas originally was planning on having a little person play Luke. He changed his mind though and decided to go with an average sized actor. (Or maybe he just realized all the ripoffs from the book "The Fellowship of the Ring" would be too obvious with a Hobbit sized character?)
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Eric Allen The most misquoted quote of all time comes from Star Wars Ep V:

Misquoted version: "Luke, I am your father"

Correct version: "No, I am your father."

It is soooo misquoted that even some of the Star Wars novels have misquoted it.
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Matt Sandy Before Harrison Ford was hired to play in Star Wars, he was only there to read lines to auditioning actors. Spielberg later convinced Lucas to cast him as Han.

Re: Eric:
I don't think it's 'misquoted', it just sounds better as a sound byte than the real version. Besides, they could be quoting with an ellipsis and you'd never know!: "Luke, ...I am your father."

One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.
The [a] was lost due to radio interference.
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Lee Padden 1) George Lucas modelled the character of Chewbacca on his Alaskan husky, Indiana (no prizes for guessing where the name for his archaeologist hero came from).
2) The version of Star Wars that first appeared in cinemas in 1977 didn’t contain the subtitle ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’. This only appeared in the 1978 re-release, and has been in every version since.
3) Lucas had an idea of how the whole of the first trilogy was going to play out, but had no ending to A New Hope. So he merely took the intended finale from Return of the Jedi and tacked it on to the end.
4) Lucas had originally planned to have Wookiees playing out the final battle in Return of the Jedi. After putting Chewbacca as an engineer on the Millennium Falcon in the first 2 movies, he decided the race were too technologically savvy. So he merely chopped them in half and reversed the name wook-e, and thus Ewoks were born.
5) In an early version of the script, the saga was to open with a Wookiee reading a bedtime story called ‘The Star Wars’ to a child Wookiee.
6) All of George Lucas' children have roles as extras in the Star Wars prequels. Jett Lucas even wields a lightsaber. George himself appears in a cameo appearance in Revenge of the Sith.
7) Lucas didn’t intend to have Anthony Daniels as the voice of C3PO. He tried other voiceover actors but realised that no other voice fitted the part so called Daniels back to record Threepio’s dialog.
8) Han Solo was originally conceived as a green skinned alien not unlike Greedo.
9) Vader’s helmet wasn’t originally intended to be a permanent fixture of the costume. Lucas asked concept artist Ralph McQuarrie to sketch a mask that would allow space travel between ships and was so impressed with the results that he decided to keep it full time.
10) The stormtroopers’ boots are merely Chelsea boots painted white. The same is true of Boba Fett, except his are brown.
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Eric Allen Eh... perhaps it sounds better as a sound byte. As for the ellipsis bit... I'm not buying it. Furthermore, the times I've seen it in the Star Wars novels, it's printed like this, "Luke, I am your father." In which case, it IS a misquote because the author used quotation marks and no ellipsis.
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Matt Sandy Perhaps. I havent read any of the books, but I frequently quote it as "Luke, I am your father" well knowing that it's not the actual line in the movie. It's kind of like always calling tissues "Kleenex", zipper storage bags "Ziploc" bags, or aluminum foil "Tin foil".
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Angus Lee darth vader's lightsaber is made from a mpp flash bulb handle
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Meghan Amos the darth vader breathing sound is made by placing a smal microphone into the mouthpeice of a scuba regulator and breathing
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Josh Sinclair actually the two blueheaded guys were duros very close resambalence to the neimoidians
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Terry Cooper Yep - the commentary says it is - they joke about the 'clumsy' gene being passed doen the line to the Episode 4 trooper.
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Terry Cooper Yep, that's right too - George Lucas just pointed the Duros out to his art guys and said - "how bout these guys? they can be Neimoidians.."
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Paul C. Gentile I may be wrong but the guy who played "Cliff" on "Cheers" has a brief appearance in Empire.

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Danny Cooper whilst filming Return of the Jedi, at the start of the movie, R2-D2 is seen rolling alongside of C3P0. After many takes of this, they had to place ramps on the floor so he could move. Manly because of an accident that saw R2D2 roll into some soft sand and quickly sank. the suit for the robot was ruined but luckilly the actor inside was pulled out before it total sank.
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Amy Sullivan More facts:
1. Carrie Fisher was sent to a "fat camp" before Ep 4 to lose weight, and she was duct taped down as George Lucas believed there were no big boobs in space.
2. The sound Chewbacca makes was generated by torturing young bears with honey, then electronically deepening their cries
3. Ewan McGregor is the nephew of Denis Lawson, who plays Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy
4. Wedge Antilles is the only fighter pilot survivor of all three battles of the original trilogy (Battle of Yavin, Battle of Hoth and Battle of Endor)
5. Carrie Fisher had constant arguments with George Lucas about dialogue, as she believed that the language she was using was not realistic
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Bob Levingbird Because of Mark Hamills accident, requiring a Wampa scene written in to explain the scars; Ewan MacGregor was contractually banned from racing a motorcycle until the trilogy was finished. This didn't stop him funding a motorcycle race team with his new found wealth from the Phantom Menace!
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Bob Levingbird Has anybody noticed the continuity mistakes in Ep.4's Obi-Wan hut scene? There is a coat hanging on the wall behind 3PO and Luke that keeps disappearing and coming back again. Also, what looks like salt and pepper pots on Obi's table keep shifting position.
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Bob Levingbird I think that in Raiders of the Lost Ark there are hieroglyphics in the Well Of Souls that are images of 3PO and R2, and in Temple Of Doom not only is there a Club ObiWan at the start, but I think (not 100% sure) there is a Star Wars reference on the side of the plane they take off in.
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Bob Levingbird The tech installing R2 onto Lukes XWing in Ep.4 is Shane Rimmer- the voice of Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds.
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Lee Padden 1) The radio control unit for R2-D2 didn’t work properly. This meant that the crew had to built a lightweight version of the robot and pull it along with wires. Watch A New Hope carefully and you can see many shots cut away just before he bumps into something.

2) Anthony Daniels was injured during his first outing as C-3PO when a leg piece fell off his gold-coloured costume and shattered, stabbing him in the foot.

3) The famous opening crawl for Star Wars was co-written by Brian De Palma, the director of Scarface.

4) When filming moved to Elstree Studios it was hoped the earlier problems encountered in the Tunisian desert would be finished. But a new problem arose in the shape of the strict British working conditions adhered to on set. Lucas says that filming had to close at 5.30pm on the dot, unless he was in the middle of a shot - when he could ask workers to stay for an extra 15 minutes.

5) The original release date for the first movie was set for Christmas 1976 but major delays in filming saw it pushed back. The Fox studio had threatened to close down production when filming over-ran by more than two weeks.

6) Lucas' stress levels reached such a height that he thought he was having a heart attack. He was diagnosed with hypertension and exhaustion and told to rest - something the punishing schedule would not allow.

7) Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker (C3PO and R2D2 respectively) are the only actors credited with appearing in all 6 Star Wars Movies.

8) Sir Alec Guinness made a lot of money from Star Wars. He recognised its potential success and negotiated a deal for two per cent of box office takings. He refused to do any promotional work for the film, and is the only actor to be nominated for an Academy Award in a Star Wars role.

9) A New Hope was the only one of the six films in the franchise to be nominated in the Academy Awards best picture category. It lost out to Woody Allen's Annie Hall.

10) Cinemas in the US were press-ganged into buying the film (after few took up the option) with the threat that they wouldn't get The Other Side of Midnight - a widely-anticipated adaptation of a Sidney Sheldon novel. The Other Side of Midnight, starring Susan Sarandon, was a box office flop.
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Bob Levingbird Rumour started by Hamill on a US convention interview: Allegedly, in '76 during filming, Lucas turned to Hamill and asked 'How would you feel about doing another story after this where you do the Obi Wan thing and pass your saber to the next generation of Jedi?'
Hamill being sceptical about how well this one was going to do said 'sure George.. when were you thinking of?'
'Oh' says George, 'Around 2011'.
The guy has chopped and changed his plans for Star Wars many times over the years, but this proves that no matter what, he had a long term plan of some kind for the saga.
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Kerry-anne Marjerrison When negotiating their salaries before the first Star Wars film, Alec Guiness opted for a share of the takings rather than a pay check - not knowing what a hit the film would be - this made him a very rich man!
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Amy Sullivan 1. Lando's Sullustan co-pilot in ROTJ is speaking Kenyan
2. James Earl Jones gave the voice to Darth Vader after Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill started calling the character "Darth Farmer" due to David Prowse's accent.
3. It is rumoured that Billy Dee Williams was cast as Lando as George Lucas was criticised for ANH not being "racially diverse" enough
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Bob Levingbird There are a number of cutaway shots in Return of the Jedi, of the Death Star interior with Imperials running around and explosions etc.that were actually shot for A New Hope but not used at the time. There was also some Mos Eisley street scenes and a short scene between Darth Vader and General Bast that were never used in A New Hope, but later rescued from the cutting room floor to be fillers in The Star Wars Holiday Special.
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Bob Levingbird During the Royal Premiere of the Empire Strikes Back, in the presence of HRH Princess Margaret, the film broke in the projector halfway through. To fill out the 10 or 20 seconds it took to fix it, the projectionists assistant made little shadow puppets onto the screen! This was while George Lucas and Gary Kurtz were in the booth, and despite the seemingly unprofessional approach, were very impressed at the speed at which the projectionist recovered the show.
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Bob Levingbird The bridge on Vader Star Destoyer in Empire was only a half built set. To get views of the crew on the 'unbuilt' side, they filmed actors in the finished side and the 'flipped' the picture round. Thats why, before the 'Special Edition' repaired it, the badges and insignia of the Imperial crew were on the wrong side!
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Rachel Celeste Lesler 1.) In most of the Han/Leia scenes Carrie Fisher had to stand on a box because she was a foot shorter than Harrison Ford and did not properly fit into the frame.

2.) A scene from Indiana Jones and Star Wars were shot in the exact same location.
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Josiah Chick #7 is wrong buddy,... those are Duros
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Terry Cooper "Yep, that's right too - George Lucas just pointed the Duros out to his art guys and said - "how bout these guys? they can be Neimoidians..""

What I meant, Josiah, is they had NO NAME at all for years. Only the action figures started calling them Duros. But George, when needing a look fo rthe Neimoidian characters, showed his artists the Duros and said - "These guys...start from there, they can be neimoidians" Its' on the commentary. You'll find now that they explain it all by saying that on Neimoidia, the upper classes are like the Viceroy etc, and the lower classes are the lowly Duros. So both sets of creatures live on the same world. That's from the official guide to monsters and aliens.
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Ben Popplewell IIRC, the reason that Hoth scene was 20 ft from their hotel was because in Norway, they'd gotten record snowfall in the neighborhood of 5 feet or more, which made for a perfect Hoth.

The original name for Tatooine, which is never named in Ep. IV, in the first two drafts of he script at least, was Utapau.
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Lloyd Hills Sir Alec Guiness didn't actually like Star Wars.
Dave Prowse didn't do all the light sabre battle scenes in ESB.
In the orginal ending of ROTJ, Lando and the Millenium Falcon didn't make it out of the Death Star.
Peter Cushing's boots hurt him, so he was allowed to wear slippers in ANH. That's why there are very few full shots of him. Grand Moff Tarkin, giving the order to destroy Alderaan, in his slippers. Its just not the same.
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Josiah Chick lol... I know what you're saying Terry, I've heard the commentary loads of times! I also would say that it was a sarcastic, if not fecitous comment made by the commentator* and thus taken as canon to be written in a book. Funny how that sometimes is the way it goes.Also you will notice that their homeworld is not any of the planets related to Neimoidia, but that they come from the planet Duro. Anyway thanks for the chat back and as always may the force be with you!

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Duros

http://starwars.com/databank/species/duros/
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Taylor Fulton I believe that the father on the show "Little People, Big World" played an Ewok in ROTJ (Episode 6).
I'm not quite sure of the validity of this one, but I heard that as Luke gets out of his X-Wing after destroying the Death Star, instead of yelling "Leia!" as he should, he yells "Carrie!"
Also not quite sure of the validity of this one either...David Prowse did all of the lines for Darth Vader, although they were dubbed over by James Earl Jones in post-production. Sadly, you never get to see Prowse's face because they used a Shakespearean actor to make Vader's death scene seem more realistic.
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Nate Dauer The two blue-headed, red eyed aliens in the Cantina scene are *not* neimodians at all, they're actually Duros. Neimodians evolved from Duros, but have become different enough over time to be considered an entirely different species.

Just a little late nit-picking there... >_>

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Someone beat me to it already...
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Terry Cooper What we have here, is a case or retro-engineering and the reality gap.

The reality gap is : I'm referring to what actually happened during the preproduction of The Phantom Menace. Everyone else seems to be referring to the fictitious Star Wars Universe. Sure, they're called Duros NOW, but pre 1998, they didn't have a name. They were named mainly by action figure manufacturers and then....

Retro Engineering: ...Retro-engineered to give them a history and a back story, so now they are Duros.

Another example: In the Star Wars Radio Play, Luke looks at the Hammerhead character and says, "There's even a 'Miriam Hammerhead' over there!"

There was no mention of Ithorians until many years later. Now we know them as Ithorians, see?

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Brenan Erb heres a good one..... Harrison Ford did not want to be in return of the jedi and wanted to sacrifice himself for luke and leia
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Lee Padden 1) The Phantom Menace is the only Star Wars film in which no character loses an arm or hand to a lightsaber.
2) Revenge of the Sith is the only Star Wars film not to feature R2D2 in the final scene.
3) The Empire Strikes Back is the only Star Wars film in which no character visits Tatooine.
4) James Earl Jones and David Prowse have never met.
5) Endor is the Elvish name for Middle-Earth in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
6) Denis Lawson’s name is spelt incorrectly (Dennis) in the credits for both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back but correctly in the credits for Return of the Jedi.
7) Qui-Gon Jinn’s communicator in The Phantom Menace is a redecorated Sensor Excel Razor for Women.
8) Jabba the Hutt’s full name is Jabba Desilijic Tiure.
9) Attack of the Clones is the only Star Wars film not to be the top box office earner in the year of its release.
10) Lucas intended to have Liam Neeson film scenes for the end of Revenge of the Sith but he was busy filming Batman Begins.
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Johnny Hampton I'm not too sure about this one but the actor who plays Bobba Fett actually played an archer from medieval times in a 70's episode of Doctor Who, who killed the Sontaran (evil alien) with an arrow to the back of the head!
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Bob Levingbird Out of the hundreds of shots commissioned by Lucas to be completed by ILM in '76, only about 2 were finished before the budget for fx was almost eaten up. When Fox exec's went to check what was causing the delay, they found the technicians had built themselves a swimming pool! Apparently, the accountants went away and said nothing (can't believe that Mr Dykstra) and 'renegotiated' the budget with Lucas, who was stressed out enough. With money almost gone and so much time wasted, no one at Fox believed the film would be finished, but the rest is history!
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Scott Larman Re Shane Rimmer's "uncredited" role as InCom engineer...

In ESB the pre-battle briefing scene in the Hoth hangar features John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin from Cheers, among other things) as Major Bren Derlin.

Later that same year, both he and Rimmer appeared as Mission Controllers 1 and 2 in the movie Superman II.
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Scott Larman Amy Allen, who portrayed the delightful but under-used Aayla Secura, was in fact a production assistant at ILM.
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Ben Stickles try and top this! you can actualy see Oola's boob in one scene in ROTJ
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Anthony Paginton Well I can't believe no-one has mentioned that the basic story of the first Star wars film, is strongly influenced by 'Hidden Fortress' a classic Akira Kurosawa film of 1958. Most obviously in the way that the story is told from the point of view of two of the lesser characters, an idea that was very different to conventional storytelling techniques up to that point.
In Hidden Fortress we are 1st introduced to two peasants who go on to become involved with the plight of a Samurai warrior and a royal princess.
Can anyone guess which Star Wars characters equate to the peasants?
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Loz Squire There is an Easter egg on AOTC DVD put in chapter 1138.

During the speeder chase in ATOTC 3 tie fighters can be seen chasing an x-wing in the backgroud of one scene.
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John Hummel its kinda funny, after the death star blows up at the end of a new hope, the millenium falcon, 2 x-wings, and 1 y-wing are seen flying away from the blast. but all the y wings are shot down during the battle.
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Patricio Alejandro Mardones Carreño In TESB, in the most important scene, when Vader declares he is luke's Father, you can see how the extra light helmet is floating in Vader's head. When I realized that, I realized that Vader was just a fantasy, not a real person!!!! hahahaha
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Evan Lung The shipyards at the planet Fondor undertook the project of building Darth Vader's flagship The Executor
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Evan Lung Jango Fett's Mandilorian mentor was named Jasper. Jango named his first ship Jasper's Legacy, after his mentor.
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Evan Lung Boba Fett survived the sarlacc that ate him in episode 6 by blowing it up. Dengar the bounty hunter found him in laying in the sand and saved him, along with a former slave of Jabba's named Neela. Dengar teamed up with Boba Fett before quitting his bounty hunting cereer. Dengar quit his cereer because he was going to marry a girl named Manaroo.
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Bashar Bassaj At the end of the trilogy (like 139 years after episode 4), the Empire and the Sith are drawn in a Civil war and the Rebels are caught in the middle.
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Hope Kronen most of these facts are from the EU......
but man i loved reading all these facts anyway

Huzzah for the star wars databank, the Extended Universe and audio commentary!!
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Amber Dawn Johnson The Millenium Falcon appears in Episode 3! "At the beginning of one shot closing in on a docking bay on Coruscant, a YT-1300 freighter is seen flying in to dock. This was confirmed by Lucas that it was the Millennium Falcon itself and not just some other YT-1300 freighter." (from Wookieepedia)

The Millenium Falcon also inspired the TV show Firefly.
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Luke Favaloro General Grevious's cough is actually a recording of George Lucas coughing. The Jedi Eeth Koth got his name from when George saw a moth and went "Eeek, a moth"...true story.
In the Ewoks Battle For Endor they reused some footage from ROTJ when the Ewoks are fighting the Imperials.
Lunae Minx, the blue Twi'lek in the nightclub in AOTC was played by George's daughter.
The Imperial Officer in ANH who said the lines "TK-471 do you copy" is Australian and was a regular on Playschool and can sing.
The actor who played Zev Senesca (Rogue 2) was in the movie Labyrinth, he played the Father of the girl in it.
The actor who played Major Bren Derlin (echo base) did a voice part in Toy Story and was also in Cheers

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Luke Favaloro The actor who played Dack Ralter was also one of the AT-AT Drivers (speaking part).
The late actor who played Admiral Kendall Ozzel also played Adolf Hitler in The Last Crusade.
The stormtrooper helmets were made by a different company than the rest of the costumes.
In ANH when Ben is giving Luke the lightsaber from the truck you can quickly see someone walking past a window behind Ben, the shadow is obvious.
Nien Nunb's dialect is an actual dialect from Africa and can be understood by the people that live thier.
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Luke Favaloro The Death Star Gunners in ANH were played by the model making crew.
The comlink that Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan use in TPM is actually a womans leg razor with a few bits glued on.
In ROTJ there was going to be a scene where the Rancor fights a Krayt Dragon but it was removed.
The voice of EV-9D9 was voice by Laurence Kazdan
The LOM in 4-LOM means 'Love Of Money' - a Lucasfilm in joke
Dengar is wearing modified Stormtrooper and Snowtrooper armour
The alien Dannik Jerriko from the cantina scene is played by the stunt co-ordinator from ANH, he also played a tusken raider
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Luke Favaloro Peter Cushings boots were to small so he was in constant pain whilst on set.
Darth Plagius The Wise is from the alien species called Muun, the same species as San Hill from the Banking Clan in AOTC and ROTS
The Vurk Jedi Knight Coleman Trebor is a play on words, reverse Trebor and it reads Robert....Robert Coleman is head CG guy at ILM.
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Luke Favaloro this one is pretty common...i think

some the asteroids in ESB were potatos....pause it in places and you can tell.

2 of the AT-ST drivers in ROTJ were played by Robert Watts and Richard Marquand....Lieutenant Watts & Major Marquand. The two officers were attacked by Chewbacca and 2 Ewoks.

Warrick Davies had 3 roles in TPM, Wald the Rodian, the character sitting with the crowd in Wattos pod race box seat and when Qui-Gon, Padme and (retard) Jar Jar are walking into Mos Espa he is seen walking next to Erdan (the really tall guy).

Charal from Ewoks Battle Fore Endor is a Dathomirian Nightsister

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Luke Favaloro In AOTC when Jango and Obi-Wan are chatting on Kamino, Jango mentions the 'moon of Bogden'....this moon was actually seen in the old Droids TV Cartoon show of the 1980's

In ANH Special Edition, the two characters walking into the Cantina as Luke and the others arrive are 2 employees at ILM...have a close look and you'll notice.

Kenny Baker was arrested some years ago for beating on his wife

In ESB we see 2 AT-AT's go down, there was actually 3.....the third was rammed head on by a Snowspeeder but didn't make it to the screen.
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Luke Favaloro In the expanded universe for the prequels Captain Panaka and Captain Typho are related.

During the evacuation of Cloud City in ESB, if you pause/jog shuffle you'll notice the Lutrillian Treva Horme and the Snivvian Wiorkettle running with the crowd, both of who are a CCG card by Decipher

The droid gatekeeper at Jabbas Palace is from the TT-8L series of droids

Jeremy Bullock who played Boba Fett in the ESB & ROTJ was one of the pilots of Bail Organas ship in ROTS and played an Imperial Officer in ESB, he and the squad of Stormtroopers are amushed by Lando and get disarmed.
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Luke Favaloro the Quarren Senator from AOTC & ROTS Senator Tikkes was going to be named Senator Tessek...Tessek is the Quarren from Jabbas Palace in ROTJ.

The Millenium Falcon can be seen in Bladerunner, not as a ship but as a building.

Docking Bay 327 from ESB was also used in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Fixer, a character from the cut Tosche Station scene, his last name is Loneozner.
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Luke Favaloro Fixer's real 'character' name is Laze...Fixer is his nickname.

Have a close look at the background at the Jedi Library in AOTC, when Obi-Wan is chatting to Jocasta Nu, there is are a few statues/busts of fallen Jedi behind them on pillars, Robert Coleman is one of them and i believe the other to be Pablo Hillman from ILM.
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Etienne Lavoie correction they are not neimodians they are duros!!
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Luke Favaloro Etienne is right..Duros are Duros and Neimodians are Neimodians BUT from what i've read the Duros and the Neimodians share a similar look as they are both off shoots from the same species,,,,kind of like some animals in nature, they look similar but have certain evolutionary adaptations that differ them from others from the same 'family tree'....enough so that they become their own species.......EG: There are hundreds of species of shark, they all look similar in shape and are from the same 'family' but are different.
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Luke Favaloro .......while we are on the topic Duros...check out the cantina scene in ANH, one Duros is wearing Duros (alien costume) hands, the other isn't. The Duros in Jabbas Palace...yes there was one in there...HER named Leslomy Tacema......There is also an Aqualish to if you look hard enough.
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Luke Favaloro The Jedi Knight Yarael Poof was removed from AOTC as Lucas felt that peple might get confused between him and the Kaminoans...Yarae lPoof (dumb name) was killed in the comics...thank god
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Joe Riggio George Lucas does not read any of the expanded universe.
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Alec Warner ET is in TPM(Ep 1) during the "Vote now" scene
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Lee Padden Further scenes with the Wampas were shot for The Empire Strikes Back but cut from the completed picture. The creatures were lured into the Rebel Base and kept within a prison inside the complex. When Han, Leia, and Threepio are fleeing Imperial troops who have stormed the base, they almost take a shortcut through the room where they are kept. Han goes to open the door with the warning sign on it, but Leia says, ‘that's where those creatures are kept’. C-3PO rips off the sign, hoping that the stormtroopers will enter the room, which they do. The evidence for this can be seen in the trailer on the special editions bonus materials DVD when you see a split second scene of Threepio ripping off the sign.

Luke's Lightsaber in Return of the Jedi was originally intended to be blue, just as it had been in the previous 2 movies. However, the special effects team had difficulty animating it against the blue sky of Tatooine, so the decision was made to change the colour to green. Again, the evidence for this can be found on the special editions bonus materials DVD. In The Return of the Jedi trailer, Luke can be seen wielding a blue lightsaber.
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Lee Padden The reason for Mace Windu's Lightsaber being purple is of no deeper significance than it happens to be Samuel L. Jackson's favourite colour! He only agreed with the decision to have the character killed off in Revenge of the Sith as long as he didn't (in Jacksons own words) 'go out like a punk'.
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Alec Warner There is only one movie that Tatooine doesn't appear in: Episode 5
Ep1(obvious)
Ep2(obvious)
Ep3(at the end, when Luke is given to Owen and Beru
Ep4(obvious)
Ep6(obvious...but for any1 who doesn't know, Jabba's palace is on tatooine)
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Ishmail Mantigliani Only star wars fun facts I knew was the shaver being modified and the famous "I know" line from Han Solo.
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Nathan Huxted Nope.
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Nathan Huxted Those shipyards are actually at corriela.
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Alec Warner Are you sure? They could be Corellian, yes, but Fondor is muh more likely to be making Star Destroyers, as that's were they are made.
Kuat is also responsile for various ships.
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Alec Warner BTW PPLS READ THE MEA CHRONICLES AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK
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Luke Favaloro The Gamorrean Guards in Jabbas Palace were male and female.
There are actually 2 Yuzzum in Jabbas Palace, Joh Yowza and Wam Lufba....Wam can be seen in the background near the steps leading into the main audience chamber on the left near the droid BG-J38
Barada was on the second skiff, the Klatoonian on the 'hero' skiff is Kithaba.
The Klaatu action figure that came out in the late 80's wearing the Skiff Guard outfit is acutally named Yotts Orren.
In the ROTJ radio drama the voice of EV-9D9 was done by the woman who does Lisa Simpson.
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Luke Favaloro In ESB Commander Nevar was one of the AT-AT Commanders.
Cleigg Lars's first wife was Aika Lars
Beru's maiden name in Whitesun
Lukes childhood friend Tank is actually named Janek Sunber, he joins the Empire.
Sim Aloo, Janus Greejatus, Kren Blista-Vanee & Sate Pestage are some of the Imperial Dignitarys
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Alec Warner Nice
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Alec Warner It is said that the species of alien that Yoda is is Whill, but no one ever sees any onther Whill except in TPM, where there is a second Whill in the Jedi Council
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Luke Favaloro Ive heard this to.....The other 'Whill' is Yaddle
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Alec Warner - Ep. 1 is the only movie where someone does not lose a hand
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Amiel Baldric The voice of Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best) was a student of my music teacher!
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Jan Ryttersgaard Jespersen everyone from tatoine has such fancy lastnames: Skywalker, Sandskimmer etc.
except the Lars :)
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Luke Favaloro don't forget Darklighter
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Alec Warner ah yes... Biggs Darklighter and his Expanded Universe relative, Gavin "the Actor" Darklighter
funny funny guys
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Alec Warner Oh yeah Nathan, I'm eating crow here... some of the Star Destroyers were indeed made in the Corel System... Ep.4 proves this when Han is showing Luke and Ben the Falcon
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Nathan Huxted yeah i know... But i dont understand what you meant by "eating crow"..
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Jan Ryttersgaard Jespersen Planets is Star Wars seem to all be one-climate-planets

Desert-planet
Ice-planet
Forrst-planet

no multi climate-planets like earth?
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Luke Favaloro Muftak, the Talz from the Cantina in ANH was played by the guy who built the costume.

Greedo actually wore high heels during filming.

Two of the thugs that hung with Jabba during his Special EDition appreance in ANH were Gela Yeens and Boelo.

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Alec Warner My guess is that Lucas planed it out so that the entire galaxy was one big earth...
There is Dantooine though... its kinda plains, forests, deserts and oceans.
The climate of the planet also depends on its distance from its star.
I'd have to say Corellia is most like earth.
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Alec Warner Its an expression...crow doesn't taste good... and it means your swallowing ur pride (which doesn't taste good either)
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Nathan Huxted Nice.
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Jordan Brennan Most of Yoda's insightful lines in The Empire Strikes Back originally belonged to Sir Alec Guiness. However, he thought they were too corny and suggested to Lucas, "Make the green thing say them."
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Eric Pohl In Revenge of the Sith the clone troopers working with (against) Yoda are wearing the same armor ans the Scout Troopers in Return of the Jedi, just painted with a cammo pattern
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Luke Favaloro In 'Thrawn Trilogy' of books, the alien species called Bimm are introduced.....2 Bimm are actually seen in the Original Trilogy, 1 is in the Cantina in ANH (Rycar Ryjerd) and the second is in Jabbas Palace (Rayc Ryjerd)....yes they are related.

The Wookie Salporin from the same trilogy of books appears in Revenge Of The Sith.
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Luke Favaloro The 'boat man' who escorts Padme and Anakin to the 'Lake Country' in AOTC is named Paddy Accu.

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Re: Star Wars Facts, Interviews and Information

Postby x-wing_flyboy » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:51 pm

What follows is an interview, once again from the Revenge of the Sith game guide, with Nick Gillard, stunt coordinator for the Star Wars prequel trilogy. It concerns the work Nick undertook for the game, but, it also gives an insight into the preparation and thought that went into the movie trilogy fight scenes.

INV = Interviewer

NG = Nick Gillard

INV : “What are you doing here at ILM?”

NG: “I’m over here at Lucasfilm working on the game for Episode 3-hopefully working out the moves and the fights to get it as real as we can for the movie.”

INV: “What have you been doing so far”

NG: “This week we have been working on breaking down the Jedi moves. Trying to work out with a system, a written system that only a few of us know. Only the actors and the stunt guys do it, so I’ve been trying to teach the animators of the game and show the specific moves – show them how wrists move, how feet move, so we can get it as close as possible to the movie.”

INV: “Have you been involved in a video game project before?”

NG: “I have never been involved in a video game project. It’s very new to me, in fact, I have only played three games, and it was, you know, knocking around with Hayden, who plays a lot. I caught up with him quick, and I’m determined to win this game, because I will know more about it than he will.”

INV: “What are your thoughts on what you’ve seen of the game?”

NG: “I’ve only seen the renderings of characters, but the look amazing. The set’s are exactly the same as what we have here.”

INV: “What’s your approach to working on a film project? And how does it differ from working on the game?”

NG: “On the movie, obviously I have a script. I know the story of the movie. I know how the characters are feeling, why they are fighting and where they have to go. I think it’s going to be pretty much the same on the game. The sets are all the same, the characters are the same. I’m going to take the same approach-I’m going to get it much more detailed because it’s much tighter than the movie, and there is much more time with the game.”

INV: ”Are there any moves that didn’t make the movie but did make the game?”

NG: ”The glory of doing the game is that there are lots of moves that don’t work on the movie. They may be too complicated, or they may be too fierce, and get rejected from the film-we can now put those into the game.”

INV: ”Would you say you have more freedom to draw up fights in the video game world?”

NG: “Yea, I think the game is going to give a whole lot more freedom because you can be much more extreme. When we do the movies, it has to be believable. But I think with the game, it should be more unbelievable.”

INV: “Is there something particular you are looking forward to seeing in the game?”

NG: “Yes, I’m in the game, I’m really interested to see how I look in the game. My character is larger in the game than he is in the film – he is only a hologram in the film. And I’m going to do my damnedest to make him a character that nobody can actually beat, and you have to lure him onto something to kill him. I think he could certainly take out Anakin with no trouble at all. (laughs)”

INV: “Can you tell us more about the character in the movie?”

NG: “I only did it providing the my name could be my own name. So, I have my own name backward. Which is Cin Drallig. I play an instructor, and I get killed by Anakin (laughs). Obviously, in real life, I would cream him!”

INV: “Working with the video game team, has there been any pleasant surprises?”

NG: “Yea there has been a huge difference working with the video game time as opposed to Lucasfilm. It’s that they are like all 17 years old (Laughs) You can’t impress them as much. So in a way, it has been harder.”

INV: “Having played a few games myself, you’re playing thinking, ‘God, I wish I could do this in the game!’ or, ‘I wish this button did that’. Because we are working on this game, we are in a position to do that. And also, in the games I have played, the character movement seems to be wrong, and I know people here were keen on how they could fix that. So we are working particularly on the foot work, how exactly they move. How their wrists move when they turn, that they turn the right way, that the blocks and grapples are correct. We spent a lot of time showing how Count Dooku walked, how Anakin walks now as opposed to Episode 2,-which is different-and why Obi-Wan is so bouncy and jolly.”

INV: “Tell us about the hands on demonstrations for the team”

NG: “When I came, I bought three Lightsaber’s out with me, the ones that we used on the movies, which the guys on the game got pretty excited about. I think they’ve been using, like, rolled up cardboard. Although, there’s a couple of animators who made up their own Lightsaber fights, which were just amazing. I mean, I watched these guys and thought, ‘you know, I could use these guys in the film”

INV: “Which Lightsabers did you bring?”

NG: “I bought Anakin’s, Obi-Wan’s, and mine. And they’re actually like the characters, they are different lights, different weights, different lengths. I think it was good for the Guys to see these as they are not just a generic Lightsaber. They all have their own weight. Obi-Wan’s is always much thicker and anybody else’s and Anakin’s is longer.”

INV: “What else do you like about doing a video game?”

NG: “One of the things I found really exciting about the game is that it’s easy on a film-you know, you get a script, go into a room where there are five guys in there, and you have to kill them. But you know how to kill these guys, it’s scripted. With the game, there are all these strange little characters. A guy might just come in sweeping at your ankles, as soon as you stop him, you might get a chance to kick him, but he will swing round at you from the other side. If somebody else comes into the room, you got to deal with another guy. You might have only kicked him once-he’s still alive-so you are always looking over your shoulder for the sweeper guy because you know he is coming to cut your ankles off and now you are dealing with Lunging guy. It’s way different from the movie and a great challenge. I’ve really enjoyed working on the game.”

INV: “How do you look at the sword fights you design”

NG: “When I’m doing sword fights on movies, I pretty much treat it totally as a dance. The footwork is as important as the sword work, so everything has to stay in synch. It’s more like choreography than fight arranging.”

INV: “Do you think about the characters involved when choreographing a fight scene. “

NG: “When we started on the Phantom Menace, we had certain styles and, particular, faults for characters. Once you know the line of them, you know why they are going to do something. You know why they are going to behave in a certain way, what’s going to make them angry or not angry. It’s very easy to knock through a fight. If you know the script and you know why they are there-where they are going, any why they are going there-it makes the whole thing easier.”

INV: “Do you take into account the use of sound and special effects when you are looking to do a scene or sequence?”

NG: “I have tape I get from Ben Burt of lightsaber noises. The sound effects and the lighting effects can help you a great deal-you know what’s going on. You know there are explosions or flashes of light. It makes it a whole lot easier.”

INV: “How was it to work with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen? Especially on such a long and arduous fight?”

NG: “The fight with Anakin and Obi-wan at the end is an incredibly long fight-I think it will be the longest fight in cinema history. It was fantastic to work on. I had Hayden for maybe seven weeks of rehearsal. I tried to keep Hayden and Ewan apart for a long time. I would fight them against doubles, and I kept it right to the very end before they went against one another. And even then I don’t think the two of them were very keen on that-you know, because they wanted to almost save it up for when we were shooting. Because it is so emotional.”

INV: “How would you say Obi-wan evolves as a swordsman from Episode 1 to Episode 3.”

NG: “Obi-Wan has gone up a level from Episode 1 to Episode 3, But it is a huge jump from one level to another. It’s not just about a style of fighting - it’s mental as well. Anakin has gone up probably four levels from Episode 2 to Episode 3, so he has gone beyond Obi-Wan, but he hasn’t gone beyond him mentally.”

INV: “How has Anakin’s style changed?”

NG: “Anakin’s style has changed completely since Episode 2 and Episode 3. He now no longer cares, he knows he is unbeatable. He is far more dangerous than anybody in the Universe.”

INV: “If you could arrange a fight scene between two Star Wars characters, who would they be?”

NG: “The fight I would really like to see would be Boba Fett versus Anakin”

INV: “What has been your favorite fight sequence from Episode 1 through Episode 3?”

NG: “Without question, it’s Anakin versus Obi-wan in Episode 3. One was the master, one was the pupil. One has replaced the other one, technically.
Obi-Wan knows that Anakin is better than him, but because he taught him, he knows emotionally how he is going to behave. I took it on as like a fight between husband and wife. It sounds silly, but Obi-Wan doesn’t want to kill him. Obi-Wan has to try to withstand this onslaught.-this huge onslaught that’s going to cover like a mile and be 10 minutes long, which is an enormous amount of time for a fight. So I took it as Obi-Wan taking this onslaught continuously and hoping that Anakin was to eventually, you know, get over it and calm down. That doesn’t happen.”

INV: “How do you choreograph things taking into account, say, Hayden’s height advantage?”

NG: “Height doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter at all. I just work on what they have, there faults mostly. So I’ve always had a fault for both of them.”

INV: “What’s Anakin’s particular fault?”

NG: “Anakin has the least of them, but his would be being on a slope”

INV: “How about Obi-Wan?”

NG: “Obi-Wan’s is his aggression, if he has a downfall, that’s it.”

INV: ”What was the most difficult fight scene in any of the Star Wars movies?”

NG: “The first one, because it had been so long since the last movie-I may have been a bit flippant. I liked the fight with Obi-Wan and Darth Maul, but some seven years on, it’s evolved so much, I’ve taken it so much more seriously. I understand it much better, so when I got Obi-Wan versus Anakin, I really let it rip. But also, keep it so true. On the Phantom Menace, it’s the first time we have seen them fight so well. But by this last one, ~I think we had it in the bag-everybody knows how they should be. Everybody knew how it should look. There’s so much pressure as well, because millions of fans know how it should look, and you have got to stay true to them too.”

INV: “When you first receive the script, how do you choreograph what you see on the page to what we finally see on the film.”

NG: “Usually in the script there is nothing at all, it just says, you know, ‘vicious fight’ and I just ask George how long he wants it. Then I get the drawings of the sets and stuff and away I go.”

INV: “Is it hard to come up with something new and fresh”

NG: “Not for me because this has such a history, you know you can just go with it-you can take it to another level every time.”

INV: “Do you draw inspiration for your choreography from things other than fight scenes?”

NG: “The only thing I draw them from is real stuff, like I watch a lot of real footage of things. And if I see something I can borrow. I’d never take it from another film. I’d always hope they would take it from us.”

INV: “What are you most excited to see in the final cut of Episode 3?”

NG: “I’m just excited about the whole thing-I’m just like everybody else-I just can’t wait to see it.”

INV: “How did you become interested in swordplay?”

NG: “I was in the circus when I was a child, and I went from that into medieval jousting. I was like 16 when I started there. I learned all medieval weapons, and I sort of became interested in it, and so throughout my career, I just picked up more and more references”

INV: “Have you ever been mugged?”

NG: “I was once, in New York, which was a dreadful mistake. And once in Brighton, which was two of them making a dreadful mistake.
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Re: Sansweet moves on

Postby jedicub_2005 » Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:07 am

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Re: Sansweet moves on

Postby SOLO TROOPER » Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:39 am

how cool to wonder round there for a week

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Re: Sansweet moves on

Postby Darth Evo » Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:45 am

Blimey, he's got nearly as much stuff as Flyboy! :lol: :D 8-)

Great to see Mr Sand-sweets being the nice guy he was the first time I met him - just under his Han in Carbonite in fact!! The second time he was a nobbler but I guess it must have been an off day and all he did was slag Celebration Europe off, not good when you're there having fun! But hey, we all have bad days. :)

What a collection though!!! 8-) 8-) 8-)

(Remember them showing it on some mental BBC show one Saturday afternoon a few years ago when some Blue Peter types were travelling across the US and just happened to stop off there. Lucky swines!! )

A dream job for most of us and he's had the pleasure of the role for 15 years, can't be bad!

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Re: Sansweet moves on

Postby OJM » Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:28 pm

I checked out his video archive..I have the same Darth Vader Rucksack! :oops:

...Excellent collection though!
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Re: Sansweet moves on

Postby x-wing_flyboy » Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:14 am

Wonder how many times me and Sansweet have ended up in an Ebay bidding war????
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