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Star Wars Fun Features

This is the section for all our "FUN" Star Wars information - please enjoy!

Star Wars Character Guide
Star Wars Movie Intro Crawls
Star Wars Galaxy Interactive Map
Star Wars Movie Timeline
Yoda-ism's: Words to Live By
Bad Feelings
Padme Amidala - Galaxy Fashion Icon
To Prequel or Not To Prequel
Star Wars = Star Maker
10 Things You Might Not Know About George Lucas
Star Wars Novels - The Story Continues
The Clone Wars - Movie & Television Series

Did You Know?

... that there is an official website for the Star Wars series created by George Lucas. You can find it at StarWars.com

... that while George Lucas directed all three of the Star Wars "Prequel" movies and wrote the screenplays for all six movies, he only directed the first Star Wars movie. Tony Kirchner directed The Empire Strikes Back and Richard Marquand directed Return of the Jedi.

... that George Lucas made the original Star Wars movie in 1975-1976 for only $13 million. By comparison, in 2005 his budget for Revenge of the Sith is estimated to have been $113 million.

... that George Lucas included a homage to his good friend and fellow director Steven Spielberg in The Phantom Menace. During the main Galactic Senate scene, one of the pods is occupied from creatures from E.T the Extra-Terrestrial's planet.

... that Anthony Daniels the actor who portrays C-3PO in all six movies made a rare appearance without his golden droid costume in Attack of the Clones. He can be seen as a patron in the sport bars scene near the beginning of the movie.

... that talented character actor James Earl Jones provides the voice for Darth Vader in Episodes III-VI. However, this was originally a uncredited role. At the actor's request, George Lucas did not include his name anywhere on the credits when the original three movies were released in theaters. James Earl Jones' career was just beginning and he was worried about being typecast. He changed his mind in later years as his career was more established and his name can now be seen on all home video releases of the movies.

... that famed Jim Hensen Muppeteer Frank Oz provided the puppetry work and voice for Master Jedi Knight Yoda. Frank Oz is best known as the man behind Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Grover, Cookie Monster and Bert among other Muppets. George Lucas was so impressed with his work he tried to get the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to consider his work in The Empire Strikes Back for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. They refused the request. Big mistake. In our opinion, that was definitely acting!

... that Yoda was a puppet in Episodes I and Episodes IV-VI but CGI-generated in Episodes II and III.

... that George Lucas cast himself in Revenge of the Sith. He has a small cameo as Baron Papanoida. You can see him standing in the hallway in front of Palpatine's concert box as Anakin Skywalker walks by.

... that R2-D2, everybody's favorite Astromech Droid, was portrayed by both a remote-controlled robot and a costumed actor through-out the Star Wars series. Here's how you tell the difference - the costume Kenny Baker wore (first image below) did not have the middle leg which the remote controlled version needed for stability.

... on the last day of shooting for Star Wars Mark Hamill was in a serious car accident and he had to have some reconstruction work done on his nose. This has led to a strange urban legend about how adjustments had to be made to the The Empire Strikes Back script to account for the change in his looks. Hamill has denied this and we don't really see a big difference in his look with the exception that he started to look more like a man than a boy. We'll let you be the judge:

... that Denis Lawson, the actor who portrayed Wedge Antilles in Episodes IV-VI is the uncle of Ewan McGregor who two decades later would play Obi-Wan Kenobi in Episodes I-III.

... in the theatrical version of Return of the Jedi the ghostly version of Anakin Skywalker was played by English actor Sebastian Shaw. For the Special Edition versions of the movies that George Lucas released on DVD in 2004, Sebastian Shaw had been replaced by Hayden Christensen, the actor who portrayed Anakin Skywalker in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

... that in a iconic poster for The Phantom Menace the shadow of young Anakin Skywalker is the outline of Darth Vader. George Lucas added this same feature in a scene in Attack of the Clones. When Anakin and Padme are talking at the Lars Moisture Farm on Tatooine, Anakin's shadow is clearly the outline of Darth Vader.

... that the original 1977 movie was not called Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope but just plain old Star Wars. George Lucas wanted to use the episode title but 20th Century Fox objected. He added "A New Hope" in 1981 for a theatrical re-release. Here is the original Intro Crawl without the episode name:

... that Star Wars was so popular in the late Seventies that the music from the movie even became a Pop music hit. A band named Meco made an album called Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk which was a compilation of disco-ized versions of the main songs from Star Wars. The "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" song hit #1 on Billboard in 1977 and according to Wikipedia is the biggest-selling instrumental single in the history of recorded music. Is this a testament to Star Wars lasting impact on popular culture or the weird taste of Disco lovers? We'll let you be the judge:

... and finally, we leave you with this adorable three-year old who gets you up to speed on the important plot points of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, an exciting movie about robot garage sales, a worried shiny guy and Nobi Kenobi.

Star Wars On Location

Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
In addition to Harrison Ford and George Lucas, the Star Wars characters R2-D2, C-3PO and Darth Vader left prints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.

R2-D2, C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and Darth Vader
Mann's Chinese Theater

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Harrison Ford Prints
Mann's Chinese Theater

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

George Lucas Prints
Mann's Chinese Theater

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find the star of Harrison Ford, Alec Guiness, Billy Dee Williams and Samuel L. Jackson:

Harrison Ford
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

6665 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Alec Guinness
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

1559 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA

Billy Dee Williams
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

1521 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA

Samuel L. Jackson
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

7018 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

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