With the premiere of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens just around the corner, fans are going wild with speculations and theories.
It is safe to say that no other movie is scrutinized as intricately as the original Star Wars trilogy. Over the years, fans have come across several behind-the-scene fumbles and last-moment changes to the script.
To get in the spirit of the latest Star Wars installment, here is a list of things that you might not know about Hollywood's most iconic space opera.
Orson Welles was almost Darth Vader
Originally, director George Lucas wanted Orson Welles to be the voice of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. However, he had to drop the idea because he feared that Welles’ famous baritone would be a bit too recognizable.
Yoda had a different name
In earlier scripts, Yoda was actually named “Buffy” — yes, like Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Thankfully, the writers changed the full name to “Minch Yoda” in subsequent drafts before finally settling on just Yoda.
Chewbacca’s call is not what you think it is
George Lucas wanted the Wookie language to sound both animalistic and sophisticated, so designer Ben Burtt used audio from sick animals to help round out Chewbacca’s cry — which means every time you have tried to impersonate the infamous call, you have actually mimicked a dying walrus.
Return of the Jedi
Lucas and co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan originally titled their movie Return of the Jedi, but Fox thought the title was too bland and forced them to change it to Revenge of the Jedi.
However, just weeks before the movie opened in theaters, the title was changed back to the original because according to the mythology Lucas created, Jedis do not seek revenge.
Han Solo wasn’t supposed to live
Harrison Ford’s contract was only for two movies, however, he eventually returned for the third.
At the end of The Empire Strikes Back, Ford urged the screenwriters to kill off Han Solo, but Lucas wanted an uplifting ending for the trilogy so all the main characters made it out alive.
Last but not the least:
“I Love You” – “I Know”
The fateful exchange between Princess Leia and Han Solo before he froze in carbonite was not written the way we saw it in the movies.
The original script had Solo saying, “I love you, too,” but the line seemed a little off for someone as charming as Solo. Therefore, during the few final takes, screenwriter Kershner spontaneously called “action” and Ford responded to Carrie Fisher’s iconic “I love you” with “I know.”