83 Astonishing Star Wars Facts Even the Most Hard Core Fans Don’t Know


26Mark Hamill's scar

Mark Hamill's scar

Mark Hamill was in a car accident that caused substantial facial trauma a day before he finished shooting the original Star Wars. An in-universe explanation for his scarring was developed for The Empire Strikes Back, where he is mauled by a Wampa, allowing him to continue the trilogy.

27. George Lucas's original plans for a Star Wars sequel trilogy would have Hamill, Fisher, and Harrison portraying their characters "sixty or seventy years old". Currently, the actors are 61, 56, and 70, respectively.

28. Star Wars: The Old Republic was the most expensive game ever made

29. The sounds of the TIE fighters in star wars were a combo of an elephant call and a car driving on wet pavement.

30. In Star-Wars, all lightsabers were supposed to be white. The Blue / Red distinction was made during post-production.



Jon Stewart had a planet named after him in the Star Wars universe simply by asking George Lucas where Obi-Wan came from.

32. Keira Knightley was Natalie Portman's double in Star Wars episode I: The Phantom Menace.

33. When Coppola and Lucas (close friends and filmmaking buddies) were planning Apocalypse Now (which George Lucas was originally supposed to direct) they gave a small role to their carpenter, Harrison Ford, in return for Ford's work on a desk for Coppola's office. Ford also got a role in Lucas' American Graffiti a few years prior this same way. During the casting for Star Wars, Lucas needed someone to read Han Solo's lines while the actor's auditioned for Luke. He quickly asked Ford to do it, and afterwards, one of the producers there came up to Lucas and pointed out that he already had his Han Solo in Ford. (Thus beating out Kurt Russell for the role).

34. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: During production, great secrecy surrounded the fact that Darth Vader was Luke's father. Like the rest of the crew, Prowse—who spoke all of Vader's lines during filming—was given a false page that contained dialogue with the revelatory line being "Obi-Wan killed your father." Hamill did not learn of the plot point until just before the scene was filmed, astounding the actor; Kershner advised him to ignore Prowse's dialogue and "use your own rhythm".

35. John Knoll was the visual effects supervisor of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, won an Oscar for Pirates of the Caribbean movie and also invented Photoshop.

3620th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox still owns Star Wars episodes 1-6 until 2020, except for A New Hope (4), which they will own forever

37. When Disney bought LucasFilm, they also gained access to the "Holocron" created by Lucas. Holocron lists 17,000 characters in the Star Wars universe inhabiting several thousand planets over a span of more than 20,000 years.

38. Carrie Fisher made George Lucas give her a copy of the Star Wars Christmas Special. She played it at the end of parties when she wanted everyone to leave.

39. Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) was considered to play Han Solo in “Star Wars” and told his close friend who was sleeping on his couch, Mark Hamill, to go audition for the role of Luke Skywalker.

40. The term ‘Sith’ is never mentioned in the original Star Wars trilogy.

41Star Wars the Force Awakens

Star Wars the Force Awakens

Star Wars the Force Awakens spent $50M more on advertising and trailers ($250M) than they did on production ($200M).

42. Christopher Lee, the actor who played Saruman in LOTR and Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels, was related to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was the step-cousin of James Bond writer Ian Fleming, was a Flight Lieutenant in the British Royal Air Force during WW2 and killed multiple Nazis, climbed Mt. Vesuvius three days before it erupted, tripped over a live bomb and survived, and released a symphonic death metal album at the age of 88.

43. Steven Spielberg still gets 2.5% of profits from Star Wars because while visiting the sets of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, George Lucas thought that movie would be a bigger hit than Star Wars. Spielberg disagreed and they both decided to trade 2.5% profit on each other's films.

44. As a joke on the editor of a Star Wars comic, a writer created a Jedi named Master Bates. The joke wasn’t noticed and it made it through to publishing.

45. Alec Guinness was one of the few cast members who believed that Star Wars would be a box office hit. He negotiated a deal for 2.25% of the gross royalties paid to the director, George Lucas, who received one fifth of the box office takings. This made him very wealthy in his later life.

46Jedi and Sith

Jedi and Sith

In Star Wars, the Jedi aren't necessarily the good guys, and the Sith aren’t necessarily the villains. They simply have competing ideas about how to use the force.

47. It is impossible to obtain an original theatrical version of Star Wars. Every obtainable release has been altered in some way. Even some of the later theatrical releases in 1977 had changes made to them.

48. Mythbuster's Grant Imahara built the R2-D2 in Star Wars Ep.1&2 and the Energizer Bunny.

49. Natalie Portman missed the premier of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace to study for her high school finals.

50. Nien Nunb, a minor character in the movie Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi caused Kenyan audiences to burst into laughter after they realised he spoke Kikuyu, the language of Kenya’s majority tribe.