9 ‘Star Wars’ Facts to Impress Your Geeky Friends

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Think you know Star Wars? I bet you’ve never heard at least two of these 9 Star Wars facts!

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Yoda Wants a Banana

George Lucas originally intended Yoda to be played by a monkey wearing a mask. Pretty glad that they went with Frank Oz’s iconic puppet instead. Also, no one (except maybe Yoda himself) knows what species he is or which planet he’s originally from.

The Ultimate Survivor

Audiences only know of one X-Wing pilot who survived all three major battles in the original trilogy. Wedge Antilles made it through the battles of Yavin, Hoth, and Endor. And did you know that the actor who plays Wedge—Denis Lawson—is Ewan McGregor’s uncle?

What a Wookie!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Lucas planned to have the final battle in Return of the Jedi take place on the Wookie homeworld of Kashyyyk. Instead, he decided to scrap that idea and set the scene on Endor instead. And he essentially cut the original Wookies in half and called them Ewoks.

And how do we know they’re called Ewoks? The name was never spoken in the films; that information comes from merchandising and novelizations.

Not Bad for a Day’s Work

When James Earl Jones was brought in to record the voice of Darth Vader for A New Hope, he finished his work in about two and a half hours. He was paid $7500 for it—which isn’t a bad hourly rate, but hardly seems fair for voicing one of the most iconic characters in history.

Famous Misquote

You might not believe it, but Darth Vader never actually says, “Luke, I am your father”! What he actually says is, “No, I am your father.” But most people misquote this famous line—sort of like how Humphrey Bogart never said “Play it again, Sam” in Casablanca and Kirk never ordered “Beam me up, Scotty.” Weird, huh?

Luke Was Supposed to Get a Girl

After the actors found out that Leia was Luke’s sister—and therefore not exactly a suitable love interest for him—Hamill campaigned for a new female character to show up in Return of the Jedi. That ended up not happening in the movies, but in the original Expanded Universe books, Luke did eventually marry a super-cool warrior woman named Mara Jade.

Pew Pew! Vroooow!

During The Last Jedi, Laura Dern just couldn’t stop making “pew pew” noises whenever her character fired a blaster. In fact, if you look closely, you can see her mouth moving in the final cut of the film. The same thing happened with Ewan McGregor in the prequels—he couldn’t help himself from making lightsaber noises during the fight scenes!

Weirdest Names in the Galaxy

Many of the background characters throughout Star Wars have bizarre names. For example, the leader of Jabba the Hutt’s band—you know, the puppet that looks like a blue elephant—is named Max Reebo. And the creepy little monkey-like creature that hangs out next to Jaba’s throne is named Salacious Crumb.

Make Mine Purple

Lightsabers are typically either green, blue, or red in the Star Wars universe. But Mace Windu wields a purple lightsaber. Why? Because Samuel L. Jackson wanted a purple one. Would you have said no to him?