Before unknown facts about the Star Wars franchise

The 20th Century Fox executives wanted Chewbacca to wear shorts.


Variations of the line "I have a bad feeling about this" have made it into every film in the saga.  Obi Wan uses it in Episode I and III, Anakin in II, Luke in IV, Han in IV and VII, Leia in V, and C-3PO in VI. Additionally, Harrison Ford says the phrase in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.


Many actors were considered for the role of Han Solo.Among them were: Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta, and James Woods.


Star Wars was the first science fiction film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.


In Italy, Darth Vader is called Lord Fener.  Probably because Darth Vader's name is uncomfortably close to a phrase meaning toilet in Italian.


Star Wars isn't the first mention of Endor. It's also in the Bible and in The Lord of the Rings .  In the Bible, King Saul travels to the village of Endor to find a witch. In Tolkien's world, Endor is the way of referring to Middle-Earth in a variant of Elvish.


Joseph Williams (vocalist for the band TOTO, who sang "Africa") contributed to the score of Return of the Jedi .He was particularly responsible for the Ewok songs. Williams is the son of John Williams, the composer behind almost all the other music in Star Wars.


Ello Asty, one of the X-wing pilots in The Force Awakens, takes his name from the Beastie Boys album Hello Nasty.His helmet actually says Born to Ill in an extraterrestrial language, which is a reference to Licensed to III, another Beastie Boys album.

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