Celluloid Diaries: 6 facts you didn't know about Star Wars

Thursday, August 1, 2013

6 facts you didn't know about Star Wars

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I'm handing over my blog today to Jeremy Hawkins. He has four new art/design books out which are all heavily influenced by movies. "It's a mishmash of things that I had seen in my head... and some are future designs that will become shirts. Places I wanted to go artistically as you travel from where I was to where I am now," Jeremy says. "Titles came from the idea of time: 12:34, 35, 36 and 37. That's when my best ideas came to me... day or night. It's funny I never considered myself a 'writer' just a man who likes to paint a canvas through words or art/design."

I wanted to thank Vanessa for letting me take over her site for the day as I try to use my “Jedi Mind Trick” to sway you into getting my books. I thought I would share a little thing I would like to call “THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE FILMS.”

Yes, I did yell that to bring the drama in. If you don’t know what a “Jedi Mind Trick” is, I have already lost you. But the good news I am going to talk about Star Wars. See how I did that? I got you either way, so… on with the show…

01. Star Wars


Greedo was a woman. At least in some scenes. The costume for Greedo, the alien bounty hunter who gets shot by Han Solo, was worn by two different actors — depending on the country where the filming was done. In the U.K. scenes, Greedo is Paul Blake. In the U.S. scenes, Greedo is Canadian actress Maria de Aragon.

02. The Empire Strikes Back


You can see Boba Fett's face without the helmet in The Empire Strikes Back. Jeremy Bulloch, who plays Boba Fett, also plays another role in ESB: Imperial Lieutenant Sheckil, who captures Princess Leia during her attempted escape on Bespin. Bulloch is standing in for the original actor, who was unavailable at the last minute.

03. Return of the Jedi


Warwick Davis, then 11, made his debut as Ewok guide Wicket, after his grandmother learned of an open casting call for dwarfs in London. Davis was initially cast as an extra. Wicket was initially a role for Kenny Baker, who already had an established role as R2-D2 (he would inhabit the little droid in all six Star Wars features to date), but Baker fell ill, and Lucas gave his part to Davis. Baker ended up playing another Ewok in addition to R2-D2.

04. Episode I - The Phantom Menace


Well everyone hated Jar Jar Binks…

05. Episode II - Attack Of The Clones


Sounds for the Geonosian language invented by sound director Matthew Wood (aka voice actor for General Grievous, Revenge of the Sith, Episode III). Wood rose early to record the penguins coming into Phillip Island near Melbourne and managed to record what he thought were "mating calls".

06. Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith


George Lucas initially said that no characters from the original movies would appear in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith apart from a baby Luke and Leia. However, the final movie also has Yoda, Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, Palpatine, Chewbacca, Grand Moff Tarkin, Mon Mothma, R2-D2, C-3PO, Owen Lars, and Beru Whitesun/Lars, all of whom had appearances.

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31 comments:

  1. Penguin mating calls - now that's funny! And true, just about everyone appeared in the final film. Wonder who will make it to the next set of three?
    Way to kick off day one of the tour, Jeremy!

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    1. I hope that Star Wars gets a great script and character revival.

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  2. I actually liked jar jar binks, but I was also a little kid who liked him because of how funny he talked, so there's that for you. I can't wait to see these tshirts.

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    1. Okay, I made a very bold statement.. on the Binks, but at some point Lucas cringed.

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  3. Nice list. I didn't know about Jeremy Bulloch playing that part.

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    1. Bulloch and I have chatted a few times on his work, my favorite story outside of the Star Wars films... his work in James Bond.

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    1. Who doesn't love a real teddy bear, that can guard you while you sleep...

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  5. Great first day, J! Love the trivia. Hated Jar-Jar and The Revenge of the Sith...
    Tina @ Life is Good

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    1. Tina, too much hate... I can understand Jar Jar... Sith was great, when he got to the younglings... Master Skywalker, what should we do... sound of a dropping light saber.

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  6. Amazing facts about Star Wars! Unusual journey to the other side of the camera!

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    1. There were so many... I hoped to share one from each... thank you.

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  7. Jar-Jar must die! :-) Thanks for the STAR WARS TRIVIA!

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  8. Hee hee hee, you said " wood rose early".

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  9. You said "wood rose early". Lmao!!! Steve B

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    1. Yes, yes I did... it's only to the Star Wars Theme... think about as I live in my parent's basement.

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  10. Journaling is something I need to get back into- kind of been letting it slide lately.

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  11. Just when you think you know everything, you learn something new. Great list Jeremy and thanks for hosting Vanessa.

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  12. I love journaling, it helps me purge all the clutter in my mind to make way for story. Great prompt.

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  13. thanks Vanessa for letting me share my crazy Star Wars stuff and playing host on your site?

    Jeremy H.

    New Look, New Name and Same Stuff...
    [Being-Retro]

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  14. Warwick Davis almost missed his chance at a major acting career. Of course, wasn't he the Leprechaun?

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    1. I met him, such a cool person... that knows that window would have been different if not taking that pivotal role.

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  15. Thanks for the movie trivia, it's always interesting to me. Star Wars will always be a fave, I like robots.

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    1. love the robots and the star trivia never ends, as long they keep making them...

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  16. This was really interesting to know! I may not be your biggest Star Wars fan, but it was nice to know all the same.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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    1. you will like star wars, wave of my jedi hand...

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  17. my husband and son are huge star wars fan, these are fun!

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  18. I am a HUGE star wars fan! Love this! How entertaining and fun! Greatthat you let him guest blog!

    allyson tice
    sunflowerally22@aim.com

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  19. Thanks Vanessa for letting me share a little about me with you and thank you for stopping over and commenting. May I interest you in following the rest of the tour, giveaways, me and stories... await!

    Jeremy H.

    New Look, New Name and Same Stuff...
    [Being-Retro]

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