History Trivia / ANewHope

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.
27th Dec '16 4:28:22 PM fearlessnikki
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-->'''Carrie Fisher:'''“It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend,”

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-->'''Carrie Fisher:'''“It Fisher:''' “It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend,”weekend.”



** Originally, Sissy Spacek was supposed to be cast in the role of Leia, while Carrie Fisher was supposed to be cast in the lead role of ''{{Carrie}}''. However, after Fisher objected to doing a nude scene, the two actresses swapped roles.
*** Teri Nunn, later the lead singer of Berlin, was also considered for the role. She would also later audition for [[Film/BladeRunner another iconic science-fiction film]] starring Harrison Ford.

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** Originally, Sissy Spacek was supposed to be George Lucas and Brian [=DePalma=] held joint auditions for this film and ''{{Film/Carrie 1976}}'' respectively - and many cast in the role of Leia, while members auditioned for both. A wild rumour went around for years that Creator/SissySpacek was going to play Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher was supposed to be cast in the lead role of ''{{Carrie}}''. However, after Fisher Carrie White - but they swapped roles when Carrie objected to doing a nude scene, having to appear nude. Carrie later {{Jossed}} these, saying she would have had no problem with the two actresses swapped roles.
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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.role of Leia. She would also later audition for [[Film/BladeRunner another iconic science-fiction film]] starring Harrison Ford.
26th Dec '16 8:25:59 PM PaulA
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** The film itself drew from many sources. ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' and ''ComicStrip/BuckRogers'' are two of the most obvious influences--the whole movie was meant to be a big love letter to the former, and at one point was even planned to be a Flash Gordon film. ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' was a big influence on the film's aesthetics and effects work. The ''[[Film/TheHiddenFortress Hidden Fortress]]'' connection is well known, and Admiral Motti even starts to say "the Rebels' ''hidden fortress''", but only gets halfway through the last word before Vader chokes him. The ''Literature/{{Dune}}''-Tatooine inspiration is pretty obvious. You can tell George Lucas must have seen at least ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' episodes 26, 1, and 8, in that order, so we can probably pin his famous trip to Japan down to early 1975, when the series went into reruns. Creator/IsaacAsimov noticed some similarity to his ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series but didn't take it personally. Vader himself was inspired by the appearance of the villain in ''Series/{{Kikaider}}''. The entire Rebel Base sequence has elements of many other UsefulNotes/WW2 pictures featuring the U.S. Army Air Corps, and the climactic trench run owes its existence to ''Film/TheDamBusters''. The medal ceremony is straight out of ''Film/TriumphOfTheWill''. As [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Mizner Wilson Mizner]] observed, stealing from ''everybody'' is just called "research."

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** The film itself drew from many sources. ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' ''Franchise/FlashGordon'' and ''ComicStrip/BuckRogers'' are two of the most obvious influences--the whole movie was meant to be a big love letter to the former, and at one point was even planned to be a Flash Gordon film. ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' was a big influence on the film's aesthetics and effects work. The ''[[Film/TheHiddenFortress Hidden Fortress]]'' connection is well known, and Admiral Motti even starts to say "the Rebels' ''hidden fortress''", but only gets halfway through the last word before Vader chokes him. The ''Literature/{{Dune}}''-Tatooine inspiration is pretty obvious. You can tell George Lucas must have seen at least ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' episodes 26, 1, and 8, in that order, so we can probably pin his famous trip to Japan down to early 1975, when the series went into reruns. Creator/IsaacAsimov noticed some similarity to his ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series but didn't take it personally. Vader himself was inspired by the appearance of the villain in ''Series/{{Kikaider}}''. The entire Rebel Base sequence has elements of many other UsefulNotes/WW2 pictures featuring the U.S. Army Air Corps, and the climactic trench run owes its existence to ''Film/TheDamBusters''. The medal ceremony is straight out of ''Film/TriumphOfTheWill''. As [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Mizner Wilson Mizner]] observed, stealing from ''everybody'' is just called "research."



** Lucas was turned down as the director of the ''Film/FlashGordon'' movie, so he decided to make his own space adventure film.

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** Lucas was turned down as the director of the ''Film/FlashGordon'' ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' movie, so he decided to make his own space adventure film.
24th Dec '16 9:30:22 PM mitcher
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** The earliest story idea for the film wasn't even called Star Wars. It was initially an idea called ''Journal of the Whills'', which (the journal itself) also serves as a storytelling device. It [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Journal_of_the_Whills found its' way]] to the ''Legends'' universe, and was made canon in the novelization of the film and ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', however.
*** Additionally, the earlier version of the script was called ''Episode IV: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker as taken from the Journal of the Whills'' (from [[http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/skywalker-speaks-mark-hamill-on-returning-to-star-wars-20151218?page=3 this interview]])

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** The earliest story idea for the film wasn't even called Star Wars. It was initially an idea called ''Journal of the Whills'', which (the journal itself) also serves as a storytelling device. It [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Journal_of_the_Whills found its' way]] to the ''Legends'' universe, and was made canon in the novelization of the film and ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', however.
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''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Additionally, a concept called 'The Guardians of the Whills' was mentioned in ''Film/RogueOne''.
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earlier version of the script was called ''Episode IV: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker as taken from the Journal of the Whills'' (from [[http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/skywalker-speaks-mark-hamill-on-returning-to-star-wars-20151218?page=3 this interview]])
14th Dec '16 8:36:37 PM Josef5678
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* FountainOfMemes: It's worth noting that if you haven't seen this movie, but have been on the internet a while, the movie has spawned enough quotable lines, scenes, or just outright memes for you to possibly know the almost entire first film without ever actually seeing it before.
14th Dec '16 3:36:51 PM Technicolourtardis
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* FountainOfMemes: It's worth noting that if you haven't seen this movie, but have been on the internet a while, the movie has spawned enough quotable lines, scenes, or just outright memes for you to possibly know the almost entire first film without ever actually seeing it before.


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* FountainOfMemes: It's worth noting that if you haven't seen this movie, but have been on the internet a while, the movie has spawned enough quotable lines, scenes, or just outright memes for you to possibly know the almost entire first film without ever actually seeing it before.
14th Dec '16 3:36:13 PM Technicolourtardis
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* FountainOfMemes: It's worth noting that if you haven't seen this movie, but have been on the internet a while, the movie has spawned enough quotable lines, scenes, or just outright memes for you to possibly know the almost entire first film without ever actually seeing it before.
29th Nov '16 12:02:47 PM Pren
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* FakeBrit: Leia's brief accent change could be explained as indicative of speaking formally because she is a senator, much the same way Amidala's manner of speaking changed when she was under cover as her own handmaiden, and later when her term as queen ended. Another possible explanation: the scene where her FakeBrit accent is most prominent — when she's arguing with Tarkin on the Death Star. She's talking down to him, letting him know she is his equal and will not be intimidated... but when he points the WaveMotionGun at her home planet, she drops the pretense '''and''' the accent.

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* FakeBrit: Leia's brief accent change could be explained as indicative of speaking formally because she is a senator, much the same way Amidala's manner of speaking changed when she was under cover as her own handmaiden, and later when her term as queen ended. Another possible explanation: the scene where her FakeBrit accent is most prominent — when she's arguing with Tarkin on the Death Star. She's talking down to him, letting him know she is his equal and will not be intimidated... but when he points the WaveMotionGun at her home planet, she drops the pretense '''and''' the accent. Carrie Fisher later said that she put it on just because the line "I recognized your foul stench the moment I was brought on board" begs to be spoken as poshly as possible.
16th Nov '16 2:09:01 PM Josef5678
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'''Carrie Fisher:'''“It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend,”

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'''Carrie -->'''Carrie Fisher:'''“It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend,”
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