Trivia: Willow

  • Canon Welding: There has been a (not-too-serious) attempt to incorporate the Nelwyn into the Star Wars Expanded Universe. As Wookieepedia puts it, they supposedly hail from the planet Andowyne, which is beyond the Kathol Rift in Wild Space.
  • Dawson Casting: Inverted. Warwick Davis was 17-18, playing a father of two. Either a case of Dawson Casting, or Willow made all the wrong decisions in life...
    • Or Nelwyns just age slower than Daikinis? (much like Hobbits)
    • Could just be a cultural thing. People started families much earlier in olden times. It's not like he had to drop out of school to take care of them.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Airk's actor (Gavan O'Herlihy) was Brother Chuck Cunningham on Happy Days.
    • Also the Jerk Ass character, Brad, from Superman III.
    • And Madmartigan is Iceman.
    • Furthermore, Willow is Wicket the Ewok from Return of the Jedi.
      • So perhaps the main reason Willow was able to defeat Queen Bavmorda was because The Force was with him?
      • Years later, Warwick Davis returned to play a number of roles in Episode I, including an unnamed person seated in the tier above Watto at the pod races...wearing a blue costume, creating the momentary effect of "Willow goes to the pod races?," furthered by Star Wars.com creating a character page combining Willow and the unnamed spectator as an April Fools joke.
    • General Kael is played by Pat Roach, probably best known as the bald, burly German mechanic from Raiders of the Lost Ark, among other roles in that film series.
  • Romance on the Set: Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley got married in real life after meeting on the movie. Their marriage lasted eight years and produced two children.
    • Warwick Davis met his wife who was an extra on this film. They've been married since 1991. One of the many reasons of why Warwick is proud of this movie.
  • Technology Marches On: The morphing Obvious CGI used with Fin Raziel was dated by the time Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released.
  • Throw It In: Kilmer ad-libbed most of his dialogue.
  • What Could Have Been: A number of scenes were deleted that contained the intended back stories of Madmartigan and Sorsha - the former a warrior prince of a noble family who disgraced himself (one early draft had him proclaiming that he "could have been king!"), the latter revealed to have had a good and noble king for a father (in fact he is the old king seen at the end of the film) and having been effectively brainwashed into being a villain by her evil mother. While there are some faint traces or at least a vague sense of Madmartigan's past in the film (it is not unreasonable to assume that he used to be a soldier of some sort) there is little to no sense of what makes Sorsha tick. This lost material was used in the novelization.
    • John Cusack reportedly auditioned for the role of Madmartigan.