If there's one thing I love more than theories and speculation, it's trivia! Even if it's just little stuff that has absolutely zero relevance to whatever the trivia subject it is! So I've decided to do some research and look for some pretty cool trivia facts about everyone's favorite space opera: Star Wars!
1. Han Solo had a lot of changes
Han Solo, the coolest dude in the Star Wars universe; who totally shot first! Yes, there's not a person in the world who doesn't know Han Solo—even if they refer to him as "that guy with the guns" or "space Indiana." But did you know that the Han Solo we know today was far from the Han Solo originally envisioned by George Lucas? Lucas initially wanted Han to be some sort of alien swamp thing.
Though I doubt George was thinking of the DC comics version. After that idea was (thankfully) scrapped, Lucas decided to make Solo a human and auditioned some many actors, like Billy Dee Williams, Jack Nicholson and Christopher Walken! He of course eventually settled on Harrison Ford after Ford was asked to read a couple of lines from the film to help, but just imagine Han Solo played by Christopher Walken!
2. CGI Troopers
The clone troopers make up a pretty big chunk of the Republic's army in the prequel trilogy of Star Wars. They are nameless grunts who act as regular soldiers, proudly protecting whoever it is that they serve. But did you know that all the clone troopers in Revenge of the Sith were entirely CGI?
Yep, that's right. Not a single trooper in any scene of Episode III was real, made purely out of CGI. So that means that any scene featuring mostly clone troopers, of which there quite a few, was pretty empty during filming.
It kinda makes you appreciate Episode III, because it was still more or less a successful film; despite more than half of its cast being entirely comprised of magical Hollywood camera trickery.
3. Doctor Who Hand-Me-Downs
Two of the biggest names in sci-fi, Doctor Who and Star Wars; their worlds only ever crossing over in fan-fiction and incredibly cool fan art that makes you want to message Hollywood and request the near impossible!
However, there has been one time when the worlds of Star Wars and Doctor Who have crossed. Bossk, a bounty hunter and rival of Boba Fett in the original trilogy, is wearing a flight suit from the Doctor Who episode The Tenth Planet (1966).
Though I doubt this means that Star Wars and Doctor Who somehow co-exist in the same universe, it's either a very nice easter egg/nod to the Doctor, or a perfect example of how lazy prop teams are.
4. Monkey See Yoda Do
The original Star Wars films were made during a strange time in Hollywood. 2D cartoon style was still the prime source for Disney animation and animated films alike, and CGI was invented but rarely used for live-action films. Instead, filmmakers favored Jim Henson and his fundamentally never ending house of puppets. Among those puppety creatures that presided in 'Ol Jimmy Henson's metaphorical house was everyone's favorite green and wise alien, Yoda.
Ok so technically the Yoda puppet was built and designed by Stuart Freeborn, with Jim Henson merely being a consultant. And there's a huge debate over whether or not Yoda would be considered a Creature rather than a regular puppet/Muppet had he been built by Jim. But details details! Anyway, did you know that Yoda was originally going to be played a monkey wearing a mask and holding a cane?!
Yep, the wise and all-powerful Jedi Master was going to be played...by a monkey. Sure the monkey was a trained animal actor and all; but needless to say, the Order would have been incredibly different if Monkey Yoda had been one of its masters. Something tells me force pushing would have involved a lot more poop throwing in place of the unseeable energy it usually involves.
5. Miss Piggy: Grand Master of the Jedi Order
While we're on the subject of weird Yoda facts, did you know that Miss Piggy and Yoda share the same voice?
Frank Oz is an actor and puppeteer who created and performed as many puppets, mainly for or with Jim Henson. Besides Piggy and Yoda, he also voiced Fozzie Bear, Cookie Monster and Grover. He also recently reprised his role of Yoda in Star Wars Rebels.
He unfortunately did not reprise his Miss Piggy role in the new Muppets film or its sequel. But still, every time you hear Miss Piggy go on about shoes or shopping, or being madly in love with her "Kermie," remember that that is the same person who voiced Yoda!
6. Dollar Wars!
Do you like to collect coins? It's ok, a lot of people do. If you do, today just might be your lucky day! If you happen to collect Star Wars coins, you can use them as legal tender! But only in the tiny South Pacific island of Niue! That's cool...right?
So if you are a Star Wars fan and you happen to find yourself in Niue with a pocket full of limited edition SW collectible coins, have a ball and spend the day away! What you can buy in the small South Pacific island of Niue, I don't know! Perhaps a vacation card?
So that's it. Some pretty awesome Star Wars facts you may or may not have known. If you didn't know 'em, I'm glad I could put some useless knowledge in your mind. If you did know them...I apologize for wasting your time.
Maybe I'll do some more in the future, but this article's getting pretty long already. So for now, just tell me: Which fact did you like the most?