Originally created 01/30/97

A bombardment of `Star Wars' trivia

  • The movie used 365 special effects and 75 miniatures.
  • Peter Mayhew, at 7-foot-2, worked as a porter in a London hospital before playing Chewbacca the Wookiee.
  • Show-biz vet Kenny Baker, the actor inside R2-D2, is only 3-foot-8.
  • Carrie Fisher, then 19, was asked to lose 10 pounds for the role of Princess Leia and tape her breasts so she didn't jiggle.
  • Mark Hamill, who failed to make the cut at an "American Graffiti" audition, went to a dual casting for "Carrie" and "Star Wars" and thought George Lucas was Brian de Palma's gofer.
  • David Prowse, who provided the body of Darth Vader, is a retired undefeated heavyweight boxing champion.
  • The daily production cost for "Star Wars" ran roughly $100,000.
  • Alec Guinness received two profit points, each worth about $300,000 at the time, for his work as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford divided 2 percent of the profits among themselves.
  • For a long time, James Earl Jones, who refused screen credit, had fun denying he was the voice of Darth Vader, but the $10,000 role led to much work as a voice of authority.
  • Filmmaker Lucas hated President Ronald Reagan's using "Star Wars" as the name of the Strategic Defense Initiative weapons system, even suing fruitlessly to stop it.
  • "Star Wars" was shot in Tozeur, Tunisia; Nevada's Death Valley; Tikal National Park, Guatemala; Elstree Studios outside London; and Shepperton Studio in Middlesex, England.
  • SOURCES: "George Lucas, The Creative Impulse" by Charles Champlin; "Skywalking, The Life and Films of George Lucas" by Dale Pollock


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