10 Things You Might Not Know About A New Hope
Today, Star Wars is one of the most universally loved properties of all time. In 1977, though, the name Star Wars simply referred to the film we now know as A New Hope. Nevertheless, despite its immense popularity, there are still a number of interesting behind-the-scenes facts and bits of trivia that even the most dedicated Star Wars fans don’t know about the franchise-launching film.
With that in mind, here are 10 things you might not know about A New Hope:
#10- No Hope for ‘A New Hope’
It’s hard to imagine a time when there was any skepticism surrounding the box office success of a Star Wars film. However, upon its release, George Lucas was so certain A New Hope would flop that instead of attending the premiere, he opted to go on a Hawaiian vacation with friend and fellow director Steven Spielberg. Coincidentally, it was on that very trip that the pair came up with the initial idea for Raiders of the Lost Ark, which also starred Han Solo actor Harrison Ford.
#9- A Man of Few Words
Despite being the visionary mind behind the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas wasn’t known for his communication skills. In fact, on the set of A New Hope, his only real direction consisted of shouting “faster” or “more intense.” As such, when Lucas lost his voice during filming, the production crew fashioned him a set of cue cards with those two phrases written on them so he could hold them up when necessary.