Stars Wars represents the most beloved and closely examined film franchise in the world. Since the first installment in the Star Wars franchise hit the big screen in the 1970s, the public has been thoroughly excited about the movies.
In addition to an ever-increasing number of films, Star Wars has been the source of inspiration for a wide array of other products. This includes everything from Stars Wars pinball machines to backpacks to a plethora of items too large in number to mention here.
The primary reason why Star Wars has kept the attention of the public, both in the theatre and with product like pinball machines, is because of the uniqueness of the franchise. With that in mind, there are to truly compelling Star Wars facts that many people do not know about.
Jabba Palace Sequence in Return of the Jedi
The Jabba Palace sequence in Return of the Jedi represents one of the more complicated scenes in the Star Wars franchise, even though it did not include racing and fighting spacecraft. The scene utilized 42 actor extras, 18 principal cast members, 10 puppeteers, nine mime artists, and 90 crew members behind the cameras. The scene took a remarkable month to film, from start to finish. Many parts of the scene needed to be re-shot due to costume malfunctions associated with the gold bikini worn by Princess Lea.
Broken Bones Galore
During the making of The Force Awakens in 2014, actor Harrison Ford broke his leg when a hydraulic door slammed shut upon his lag. Many people do not realize that Ford’s fracture was not the only issue regarding broken bones on the set of The Force Awakens. Director JJ Abrams broke his back on the set as well. Oddly, Abrams broke his back when he tried to save Ford from the hydraulic door.
Star Wars Pinball
The creation of a vast array of different types of Star Wars pinball machines has been something that has been ongoing since the release of the first film in the franchise in the mid-1970s. Dozens of different derivations of the Star Wars theme have been utilized in pinball machines since the first one was released onto the market over 40 years ago.
The prices associated with Star Wars pinball machines vary widely. There are machines at the high end of the scale that costs thousands of dollars. These pricy machines have big price tags for one of two primary reasons. First, these prices are associated with Star Wars pinball machines that have become something of vintage items. Some of the surviving pinball machines from the early years of the Star Wars franchise have become iconic collector’s items, with the price tag to match.
Second, there are more expensive Star Wars pinball machines on the market because of their complexity and technology. These pinball machines have become hot, expensive items because of the proverbial bells and whistles associated with them and not because they are vintage.
In 2015’s The Force Awakens, a very famous actor agreed to play an extra. Indeed, the famous actor agreed to play an extra dressed like a Storm Trooper. Thus, he was completely unrecognizable.
The actor was best known at the time for playing James Bond in the 007 franchise. The actor? Daniel Craig.
Kids Do the Funniest Things … and so do Adults
In the filming of The Phantom Menace, actors Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen both were involved in lightsaber duels. Quite like kids at play, when both actors were involved in these duels, they made their own lightsaber sounds. Their lightsaber vocalizations had to be fixed and removed in post-production.
A Name is a Name
When it came to naming characters in the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas has demonstrated a propensity for turning to non-English languages. For example, he obtained the name Darth Vader from Dutch. Vader is father in Dutch.
Lucas played a similar trick when it came to naming Yoda. Yoda is the Sanskrit word for warrior.
More a Name is a Name
The different films in the Star Wars franchise were given alias on the study lot in order to keep fans away from the set. For example, Return of the Jedi was called Blue Harvest. Episode 2 was entitled Jar Jar’s Big Adventure. The Last Jedi was given the deceptive moniker of Space Bears and Rogue One was called Los Alamos. According to producers, these fake titles were effective in deflecting Star Wars fans from sound stages.
Jessica Kane is a writer for The Pinball Company, the best online source for new, used, and refurbished pinball machines, arcade cabinets, and more!
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