If you are an avid sci-fi fan, you must have indulged in the Star Wars universe at some point in your life. Star Wars is not just another movie or show — it is one of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world thereby, there have been hordes of fan theories and fan fiction around the Star Wars franchise. As a Star Wars fan, you must have snooped around on the internet trying to find exciting information and facts about this multiverse of entertainment, and there is a lot about the movies, sets, and the team behind it all. However, there are still some pretty interesting and unknown facts that you might know about the cast and crew of this blockbuster franchise. If you are a true fan, you must know these facts. Keep reading to find out all the details.
1. Ewan McGregor and His Famous Braid
The agent for Ewan Mcgregor might have gotten him the initial role in Star Wars, but the actor made sure to play it to perfection and carve a name for himself in the franchise. The role shot McGregor to unprecedented heights of fame. It won’t come off as a surprise if you hear that some of the tools or dresses the actor has worn in the Star Wars movie were being auctioned off, but did you know that McGregor’s braid in Episode I – The Phantom Menace was auctioned off? Ewan appeared on the Graham Norton Show during the pandemic in a socially distant environment, and the price for the auction of the braid was discussed. The audience took shots at guessing the price. The magic number for which McGregor’s hairpiece was auctioned off was $3000.
2. Carrie Fisher Slapped Oscar Isaac More than 40 Times
Oscar Isaac played the role of Poe Dameron in the Star Wars franchise, and the iconic Carrie Fisher played the role of General Leia Organa. In The Last Jedi, Poe Dameron disobeys and goes against the direct order of General Leia, which had its consequences. Oscar appeared in an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and revealed that the particular scene was hard to get right and as a result, Isaac ended up receiving more than forty slaps from Fisher for a perfect shot.
3. Samuel L. Jackson and the Engraved Lightsaber
Samuel L. Jackson played the role of Mace Windu in the Star Wars franchise, and he fought some pretty terrific battles in the prequels of the Star Wars using his lightsaber. The actor appeared in an interview on The Graham Norton Show, where he revealed that he still has that purple lightsaber in his possession. However, that was not the most shocking revelation he made, as he also told that he had his lightsaber engraved with a bad word. While it is not an appropriate word for young children, many people could probably guess what it was, especially if you have watched Jackson’s other popular movies. In the movie Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino, Jackson played the role of a hitman named Jules Winnfield. You can see that the hitman’s wallet is engraved with the same words as the ones on the lightsaber. So, if you want to know what Jackson had engraved on the lightsaber, you know where to find it.
4. The Accidental Casting of Harrison Ford as Han Solo
George Lucas and his friend Brian De Palma started the casting process together. While Lucas was casting for the Star Wars movie, De Palma was casting for the movie Carrie. The casting process for the Star Wars franchise was a seven-month-long process, and Lucas was bent on working with new people and fresh faces that he has never worked with before. Harrison Ford was brought in to feed the set lines to the actors who came for auditions. Ford had worked with Lucas before as well in his movie American Graffiti as the film’s antagonist. During the audition process, Lucas saw several different actors, such as the young Kurt Russell. However, he was impressed by Harrison Ford’s delivery of the lines while feeding them to the actors. So, he decided to cast Ford in the role of Han Solo.
5. The Tiff between George Lucas and David Prowse
It may come as a surprise to a lot of people, but the antagonist of the Star Wars movie, Darth Vader, played by David Prowse, did not get along too well with Lucas. Both have serious animosity between them to the point that Prowse was uninvited from attending all events related to the Lucasfilms. The feud between the two kept growing, and it was never resolved. The dispute was still alive when Prowse died in November 2020 at the age of 85.
6. Carrie Fisher Refused to Use the Modesty Tape for a Scene
One of the most popular scenes from the Star Wars trilogy was when Carrie Fisher had to wear a bikini at Jabba’s palace. The actress was adamant and refused to comply with costume adjustments for the scene, so there were several issues with the bikini costume when filming that scene. This led to a delay in the schedule of the filming process, and the movie was delayed for some time. Moreover, there were 40 extras and 90 crew members present on the set to help shoot the scene repeatedly. There were also 10 puppeteers present on the set to move the Jabba Hutt and make it look as realistic as possible.
7. Two Roles for Jeremy Bulloch
Jeremy Bulloch originally played the role of Boba Fett in the Star Wars movies. However, we see him appear as Lieutenant Sheckil in the movie The Empire Strikes Back. The actor himself revealed in an interview that he had to don a double hat and take up the role of the Lieutenant as the actor who was supposed to play the role did not show up on the set. Due to this sudden change in characters, the script of the movies had to be altered a bit to reveal the two characters that Jeremy Bulloch played as twin brothers later in the Star Wars movies.
8. Ewan McGregor Made Sounds
While Filming with the Lightsaber George Lucas revealed that several actors used to make special effects sounds of the lightsaber when practicing with the props off-camera. Ewan McGregor used to do that too, and he developed a strong habit of making the sounds with his voice even when filming for the actual scene. Consequently, these sounds had to be cut out while editing the movie in the post-production process. Special effects sounds were added for the lightsabers used in the fight scenes. This is the reason you could see Ewan McGregor moving his mouth during the fight if you squint and look a bit closer.
Who knew your favorite movie could have so many interesting scenarios working in the background? If you are a die-hard Star Wars fan, keep digging for more facts about the cast and crew of the franchise and share them with other fans in the Star Wars community. Which one of the facts did you know before?