20 Facts You Didn't Know About Star Wars

Author Thumbnail Mix Zosa May 09, 2015 02:25 AM

1Darth Vader is made up of three people. (And one of them is officially banned from Lucasfilm events)

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The Darth Vader we know and love is composed of the voice of James Earl Jones, the body of British Weightlifting champion David Prowse, and the face of Sebastian Shaw.

During the original trilogy, the majority of the time Vader is onscreen is played by Prowse who was upset that his voice would be dubbed over by Jones. Prowse's strained relations with Lucas hit a fever pitch when he accidentally appeared in an anti-Lucas documentary, The People vs. George Lucas. Since then, Prowse has been officially and permanently banned from any Lucasfilm and Star Wars-related events.

2Darth Vader was supposed to be voiced by someone else.

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Can you imagine Darth Vader without his iconic James Earl Jones voice?

When Lucas was dreaming of his first Star Wars film, he was dreaming big. In an interview, Jones revealed that Lucas' original choice for Vader's voice was none other than legendary actor Orson Welles of Citizen Kane fame. 

Eventually, Lucas realized that Welles' voice would be too recognizable for Vader and audiences might get distracted. That was when he contacted Jones for the job.

3Yoda has the same voice actor as Ms Piggy

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Legendary muppet creator Jim Henson may have overseen the design and creation of Yoda, but the actual build was made by a member of Lucasfilm productions.

Henson's close friend and veteran voice actor for the Muppets, Frank Oz, supplies the voice of Yoda. He also voices Ms Piggy, Ernie, Grover, Cookie Monster, Fozzie Bear, and Animal.

4No one is sure what species Yoda is.

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After six films and many, many galaxies explored, you'd expect to see other characters that look like Yoda, right? No? As it turns out, Yoda may well be the only one from his species, and even his particular breed of alien remains a mystery. 

5In the original trilogy, it took four puppeteers to operate Jabba the Hutt

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Jabba was originally made of a hard fiberglass shell covered in a latex skin, large enough to fit three people inside. Two people worked the arms and body, one worked the head, eyes, tongue, and mouth, and another one worked from outside Jabba via remote control. Jabba was the most expensive creature created for Star Wars. 

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Mix Zosa is a published author and has worked in theater, films, and television in the Philippines. She keeps her interests varied but has a special place in her heart for fantasy and sci-fi. In her spare time she plays video games, watches cartoons, reads pulpy geeky novels with terrible book covers, and attempts to be a respectable writer.
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