History Trivia / ANewHope

11th Apr '17 7:01:04 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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** The SciFiGhetto made Universal and United Artists pass on the film, and even as Fox picked it up they were reluctant and gave a paltry $8.25 million budget (which eventually escalated to $11 million). Filming had rainstorms in a frequently dry Tunisian region, malfunctioning props, Lucas clashing with the crew, and things got so behind schedule that the crew had to split into three units to meet deadlines, the teaser trailer had just whatever footage was available, and the film was still delayed from Christmas 1976 to May 1977.

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** The SciFiGhetto made Universal and United Artists pass on the film, and even as Fox picked it up they were reluctant and gave a paltry $8.25 million budget (which eventually escalated to $11 million). Filming had rainstorms in a frequently dry Tunisian region, malfunctioning props, Lucas clashing with the crew, props, and things got so behind schedule that the crew had to split into three units to meet deadlines, the teaser trailer had just whatever footage was available, and the film was still delayed from Christmas 1976 to May 1977.
11th Apr '17 6:58:39 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* TroubledProduction: It would be a fitting analogy to say that Lucas getting his film made was a feat as herculean as the Rebels fight against the Empire; the SciFiGhetto made Universal and United Artists pass on the film, and even as Fox picked it up they were reluctant and gave a paltry $8.25 million budget (which eventually escalated to $11 million). Filming had rainstorms in a frequently dry Tunisian region, malfunctioning props, Lucas clashing with the crew, and things got so behind schedule that the crew had to split into three units to meet deadlines, the teaser trailer had just whatever footage was available, and the film was still delayed from Christmas 1976 to May 1977. And then post-production had Lucas hospitalized for stress, followed by supervising the RagtagBunchOfMisfits turned [[Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic visual effects team]] doing a year's work in six months,[[note]]before Lucas arrived, most of their time and money was spent setting up their equipment rather than actually filming, and the only salvageable scene they did was the escape pod's release[[/note]] and hiring two editors to salvage the movie (along with his then-wife, Marcia Lucas) after he hated the first cut. Overall, the experience was so miserable, that Lucas left directing the next two films in other hands, and wouldn't direct another movie until ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' many years later.

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* TroubledProduction: It would be a fitting analogy to say that Lucas getting his film made was a feat as herculean as the Rebels fight against the Empire; the Empire;
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SciFiGhetto made Universal and United Artists pass on the film, and even as Fox picked it up they were reluctant and gave a paltry $8.25 million budget (which eventually escalated to $11 million). Filming had rainstorms in a frequently dry Tunisian region, malfunctioning props, Lucas clashing with the crew, and things got so behind schedule that the crew had to split into three units to meet deadlines, the teaser trailer had just whatever footage was available, and the film was still delayed from Christmas 1976 to May 1977. 1977.
** There were also troubles with the cast and crew, many of whom didn't really understand or care for the film and often ridiculed the script. Harrison Ford told Lucas "You can type this shit, George, but you sure can't say it.". Sir Alec Guinness hated working on what he considered a children's film, and allegedly demanded that Obi-Wan be killed off just so he wouldn't have to appear in any sequels ([[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack not that]] [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi it helped]]). Lucas butted heads frequently with Director of Photography Gilbert Taylor, who was insulted at Lucas's micromanagement of his camerawork. And after all that, Mark Hamill was injured in a car accident shortly after filming completed, making reshoots of his scenes impossible.
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And then post-production had Lucas hospitalized for extreme stress, followed by supervising the RagtagBunchOfMisfits turned [[Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic visual effects team]] doing a year's work in six months,[[note]]before months after blowing half of their budget on shots that were thrown out,[[note]]before Lucas arrived, most of their time and money was spent setting up their equipment rather than actually filming, and the only salvageable scene they did was the escape pod's release[[/note]] and hiring release[[/note]]. Lucas hired two editors to salvage the movie (along with his then-wife, Marcia Lucas) after he hated the first cut. cut was described as a "complete disaster". Overall, the experience was so miserable, that Lucas left directing the next two films in other hands, and wouldn't direct another movie until ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' many years two decades later.
27th Mar '17 2:30:05 PM LtFedora
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* AndStarring: Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/CarrieFisher and Creator/HarrisonFord share top billing, Creator/PeterCushing comes next and Creator/AlecGuiness gets the "And" in the main cast. James Earl Jones may get "as the voice of Darth Vader"... but is lumped with all the other co-stars.

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* AndStarring: Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/CarrieFisher and Creator/HarrisonFord share top billing, Creator/PeterCushing comes next and Creator/AlecGuiness Creator/AlecGuinness gets the "And" in the main cast. James Earl Jones may get "as the voice of Darth Vader"... but is lumped with all the other co-stars.
18th Mar '17 10:24:15 PM KingClark
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* TroubledProduction: It would be a fitting analogy to say that Lucas getting his film made was a feat as herculean as the Rebels fight against the Empire; the SciFiGhetto made Universal and United Artists pass on the film, and even as Fox picked it up they were reluctant and gave a paltry $8.25 million budget (which eventually escalated to $11 million). Filming had rainstorms in a frequently dry Tunisian region, malfunctioning props, Lucas clashing with the crew, and things got so behind schedule that the crew had to split into three units to meet deadlines, the teaser trailer had just whatever footage was available, and the film was still delayed from Christmas 1976 to May 1977. And then post-production had Lucas hospitalized for stress, followed by supervising the RagtagBunchOfMisfits turned [[Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic visual effects team]] doing a year's work in six months,[[note]]Before Lucas arrived, most of their time and money was spent setting up their equipment rather than actually filming, and the only salvageable scene they did was the escape pod's release[[/note]] and hiring two editors to salvage the movie (along with his then-wife, Marcia Lucas) after he hated the first cut. Overall, the experience was so miserable, that Lucas left directing the next two films in other hands, and wouldn't direct another movie until ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' many years later.

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* TroubledProduction: It would be a fitting analogy to say that Lucas getting his film made was a feat as herculean as the Rebels fight against the Empire; the SciFiGhetto made Universal and United Artists pass on the film, and even as Fox picked it up they were reluctant and gave a paltry $8.25 million budget (which eventually escalated to $11 million). Filming had rainstorms in a frequently dry Tunisian region, malfunctioning props, Lucas clashing with the crew, and things got so behind schedule that the crew had to split into three units to meet deadlines, the teaser trailer had just whatever footage was available, and the film was still delayed from Christmas 1976 to May 1977. And then post-production had Lucas hospitalized for stress, followed by supervising the RagtagBunchOfMisfits turned [[Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic visual effects team]] doing a year's work in six months,[[note]]Before months,[[note]]before Lucas arrived, most of their time and money was spent setting up their equipment rather than actually filming, and the only salvageable scene they did was the escape pod's release[[/note]] and hiring two editors to salvage the movie (along with his then-wife, Marcia Lucas) after he hated the first cut. Overall, the experience was so miserable, that Lucas left directing the next two films in other hands, and wouldn't direct another movie until ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' many years later.
25th Feb '17 12:48:13 AM LtFedora
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** George Lucas and Creator/BrianDePalma held joint auditions for this film and ''{{Film/Carrie 1976}}'' respectively - and many cast members auditioned for both. A wild rumour went around for years that Creator/SissySpacek was going to play Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher Carrie White - but they swapped roles when Carrie objected to having to appear nude. Carrie later {{Jossed}} these, saying she would have had no problem with the nudity. Creator/AmyIrving was the one who was up for Carrie, until Sissy Spacek's audition. Teri Nunn, later the lead singer of Music/{{Berlin}}, was also considered for the role of Leia. She would also later audition for [[Film/BladeRunner another iconic science-fiction film]] starring Creator/HarrisonFord. Other candidates included Karen Allen, Creator/NancyAllen, Christine Baranski, Creator/KimBasinger, Bonnie Bedelia, Linda Blair, Jill Clayburgh, Creator/GlennClose, Creator/GeenaDavis, Farrah Fawcett, Melanie Griffith, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Hicks, Creator/AnjelicaHuston, Margot Kidder, Christine Lahti, Creator/JessicaLange, Kay Lenz, Pamela Sue Martin, Creator/BernadettePeters, Theresa Russell, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, P.J. Soles, Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/KathleenTurner, Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Dianne Wiest and Debra Winger.

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** George Lucas and Creator/BrianDePalma held joint auditions for this film and ''{{Film/Carrie 1976}}'' respectively - and many cast members auditioned for both. A wild rumour went around for years that Creator/SissySpacek was going to play Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher Carrie White - but they swapped roles when Carrie objected to having to appear nude. Carrie later {{Jossed}} these, saying she would have had no problem with the nudity. Creator/AmyIrving was the one who was up for Carrie, until Sissy Spacek's audition. Teri Nunn, later the lead singer of Music/{{Berlin}}, was also considered for the role of Leia. She would also later audition for [[Film/BladeRunner another iconic science-fiction film]] starring Creator/HarrisonFord. Other candidates included Karen Allen, Creator/NancyAllen, Christine Baranski, Creator/KimBasinger, Bonnie Bedelia, Linda Blair, Jill Clayburgh, Creator/GlennClose, Creator/GeenaDavis, Farrah Fawcett, Melanie Griffith, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Hicks, Creator/AnjelicaHuston, Margot Kidder, Christine Lahti, Creator/JessicaLange, Kay Lenz, Pamela Sue Martin, [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory Denise Nickerson]], Creator/BernadettePeters, Theresa Russell, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, P.J. Soles, Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/KathleenTurner, Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Dianne Wiest and Debra Winger.
13th Feb '17 1:11:45 AM thelivingtoad
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** Creator/MelBlanc auditioned for the voice of C-3PO.

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** Creator/MelBlanc auditioned for the voice of C-3PO. He was the one who persuaded George Lucas to use Anthony Daniels as the voice of the character as opposed to hiring another actor to do it.
6th Feb '17 8:58:02 PM Karxrida
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** Creator/JodieFoster was offered the part of Leia first, but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts with Film/TaxiDriver.

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** Creator/JodieFoster was offered the part of Leia first, but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts with Film/TaxiDriver.fliming ''Film/TaxiDriver''.
6th Feb '17 8:46:00 PM shamblingdead2
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** Creator/JodieFoster was offered the part of Leia first, but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts with Film/TaxiDriver.
18th Jan '17 3:06:35 PM LtFedora
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* NoStuntDouble: Literally, as they couldn't afford stunt doubles. The only stuntman played the Tusken Raider who attacks Luke. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher performed the swing across the Death Star pit themselves.
3rd Jan '17 5:20:21 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AndStarring: Hamill, Fisher and Ford share top billing, Peter Cushing comes next and Alec Guiness gets the "And" in the main cast. James Earl Jones may get "as the voice of Darth Vader"... but is lumped with all the other co-stars.

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* AndStarring: Hamill, Fisher Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/CarrieFisher and Ford Creator/HarrisonFord share top billing, Peter Cushing Creator/PeterCushing comes next and Alec Guiness Creator/AlecGuiness gets the "And" in the main cast. James Earl Jones may get "as the voice of Darth Vader"... but is lumped with all the other co-stars.



** The humorous moment when Chewbacca frightens a skittish mouse droid was thought up on set and not scripted.



** Burt Reynolds, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/ChristopherWalken, Creator/AlPacino, and Creator/KurtRussell were all considered to star as Han Solo. Ford wasn't even considered at first, but he helped with the line readings, and was able to best pull off Han's droll pessimism.
** George Lucas and Brian [=DePalma=] held joint auditions for this film and ''{{Film/Carrie 1976}}'' respectively - and many cast members auditioned for both. A wild rumour went around for years that Creator/SissySpacek was going to play Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher Carrie White - but they swapped roles when Carrie objected to having to appear nude. Carrie later {{Jossed}} these, saying she would have had no problem with the nudity. Amy Irving was the one who was up for Carrie, until Sissy Spacek's audition. Teri Nunn, later the lead singer of Berlin, was also considered for the role of Leia. She would also later audition for [[Film/BladeRunner another iconic science-fiction film]] starring Harrison Ford.

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** Burt Reynolds, Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/ChevyChase, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/RobertEnglund, Creator/SteveMartin, Creator/BillMurray, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/ChristopherWalken, Creator/AlPacino, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/KurtRussell, Creator/ChristopherWalken and Creator/KurtRussell James Woods were all considered to star as Han Solo. Ford wasn't even considered at first, but he helped with the line readings, and was able to best pull off Han's droll pessimism.
** George Lucas and Brian [=DePalma=] Creator/BrianDePalma held joint auditions for this film and ''{{Film/Carrie 1976}}'' respectively - and many cast members auditioned for both. A wild rumour went around for years that Creator/SissySpacek was going to play Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher Carrie White - but they swapped roles when Carrie objected to having to appear nude. Carrie later {{Jossed}} these, saying she would have had no problem with the nudity. Amy Irving Creator/AmyIrving was the one who was up for Carrie, until Sissy Spacek's audition. Teri Nunn, later the lead singer of Berlin, Music/{{Berlin}}, was also considered for the role of Leia. She would also later audition for [[Film/BladeRunner another iconic science-fiction film]] starring Harrison Ford. Creator/HarrisonFord. Other candidates included Karen Allen, Creator/NancyAllen, Christine Baranski, Creator/KimBasinger, Bonnie Bedelia, Linda Blair, Jill Clayburgh, Creator/GlennClose, Creator/GeenaDavis, Farrah Fawcett, Melanie Griffith, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Hicks, Creator/AnjelicaHuston, Margot Kidder, Christine Lahti, Creator/JessicaLange, Kay Lenz, Pamela Sue Martin, Creator/BernadettePeters, Theresa Russell, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, P.J. Soles, Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/KathleenTurner, Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Dianne Wiest and Debra Winger.
** Creator/MelBlanc auditioned for the voice of C-3PO.
** Lucas originally wanted Creator/OrsonWelles to do Darth Vader's voice, but decided against it, feeling that Welles' voice would be too recognizable. Welles did, however, narrate the teaser trailer.



** In early drafts of the script, R2-D2 could speak standard English, and he had a rather foul vocabulary. Although all of R2's English speech was removed, many of C-3PO's reactions to it were left in.



** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQFho0_G1VI Darth Vader]], voiced by David Prowse (his physical actor) instead of James Earl Jones (his voice actor). Oddly sounds hilarious.

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** Lucas originally envisioned Tatooine as a jungle planet. Gary Kurtz traveled to the Philippines to scout locations; however, because of the idea of spending months filming in the jungle would make Lucas "itchy", the director refined his vision and made Tatooine a desert planet instead.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQFho0_G1VI Darth Vader]], voiced by David Prowse (his physical actor) instead of James Earl Jones Creator/JamesEarlJones (his voice actor). Oddly sounds hilarious.
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