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In May 25 1977, was released one classic movie of all time, ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’. The movie plot is: the Imperial Forces, under orders from cruel Darth Vader, hold Princess Leia hostage in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.
Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Director: George Lucas
To celebrate the 40th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- George Lucas was so sure the film would flop that instead of attending the premiere, he went on vacation to Hawaii with his good friend Steven Spielberg, where they came up with the idea for ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ (1981).
- In early drafts of the script, R2-D2 could speak standard English, and he had a rather foul vocabulary. Although all of R2’s English speech was removed, many of C-3PO’s reactions to it were left in.
- According to Harrison Ford, during the making of the film, he and Mark Hamill would usually fool around and not commit to their work whenever Alec Guinness was not on set. When Guinness was on set, they behaved much more professionally.
- Harrison Ford didn’t learn his lines for the intercom conversation in the cell block so that it would sound spontaneous.
- James Earl Jones and David Prowse, who play the voice and body of Darth Vader respectively, have never met.
- The skeleton that C-3PO passes belongs to a Tatooine creature called a Greater Krayt Dragon. This artificial skeleton was left in the Tunisian desert after filming and still lies there. During filming of ‘Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones’ (2002), the site was visited by the crew once more and the skeleton was still there.
- The first film to make over $300,000,000.
- The actors found George Lucas to be very uncommunicative towards them, with his only directions generally being either “faster” or “more intense.” At one point, when he temporarily lost his voice, the crew provided him with a board with just those two phrases written on it.
- On the first day of filming in the deserts of Tunisia, the country experienced its first major rainstorm in 50 years.
- Carrie Fisher’s breasts were taped down with Gaffer’s tape, as her costume did not permit any lingerie to be worn underneath. She joked later, “As we all know, there is no underwear in space.”
- Prior to the film’s release, George Lucas showed an early cut of the film to a group of his film director friends. Most, including Lucas himself, felt the film would be a flop; Brian De Palma reportedly called it the “worst movie ever.” The only dissenter was Steven Spielberg, who correctly predicted the film would make millions of dollars.
- Stunt doubles were not used for the scene where Luke and Leia swing to safety. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill performed the stunt themselves, shooting it in just one take.
- The lightsaber sound effect is a combination of the hum of an idling 35mm movie projector and the feedback generated by passing a stripped microphone cable by a television.
- Peter Mayhew and David Prowse were both given a choice as to which giant character they wanted to play, Chewbacca or Darth Vader. Mayhew wanted to play a good guy and Prowse wanted to play a bad guy, so they ended up playing the matching characters.
- Kenny Baker has said that often when the cast and crew broke for lunch, they would forget he was in the R2-D2 outfit and leave him behind.