The force is strong in this episode.
Let’s take a look at some awesome facts about the epic movie franchise, Star Wars.
Yoda and a Monkey.
George Lucas originally planned for Yoda to be played by an adorable monkey wearing a mask and carrying a cane.
The original ending of Return of the Jedi had Luke turning to the dark side by removing the dying Darth Vader’s helmet, putting it on and proclaiming “Now I am Vader”.
Actor Peter Cushing was intimidating as Grand Moff Tarkin in every way but one. Cushing found his boots uncomfortable and insisted on wearing slippers instead.
Who’s Han Solo?
Harrison Ford wasn’t always a lock to play Han Solo. A number of other actors were considered before settling on Ford. Some of the top contenders were Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Walken, Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone.
All right, time for some Star Wars trivia. What was the original last name of Luke Skywalker? Was it Starkiller? Skykiller? Or Starwalker? Find out below.
Cliff Clavin Strikes Back
Toy Story and Cheers actor John Ratzenberger has a brief appearance in The Empire Strikes Back telling Han Solo not to go out into the cold to look for Luke. He then has a cold one with Sam and Norm.
Lightsabers Sound Cool
The noise a lightsaber makes comes from some old-timey technology. It’s created by combining the hum of an old television’s picture tube and the buzz of a film projector’s motor.
Star Wars Money
Some Star Wars merchandise isn’t just worth money, it is money. The tiny South Pacific island of Niue actually accepts limited edition Star Wars collectible coins as legal tender.
It’s no doubt that the Millennium Falcon is the coolest space ship in movie history. So it should be no surprise that it’s also the number one selling Lego set on Amazon. This latest version comes in at 1,329 pieces and weighs in at a whopping five pounds. That’s a lot of Legos.
Trivia Time Answer!
So what was Luke’s original last name? If you said Starkiller, clearly the force is strong with you.