My Geeky Trivia
By Geeky Gem
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away there was me, the bringer of trivia. In the darkest parts of space, where Hmsbeefnuts’ screams could not be heard, he had a trivia break down and as regular readers know, Beefnuts and I normally share trivia duty, but seeing as he has been taken to a trivia rehabilitation clinic, on the 3rd Moon of Endor, and isn’t aloud near trivia for a while, that leaves the job down to me. Back in 1977 a small film by the name of Star Wars was released, you may have heard of it? Here are some tid bits for you.
Star Wars IV: A New Hope
In earlier drafts, including the ones that were used for audition readings, the planet Alderaan was known as Organa Major. Although the name was changed, the “Organa” was retained and became Leia’s adoptive family name.
Stunt doubles were not used for the scenes in which Luke and Leia swing to safety. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill performed that stunt themselves, shooting it in just one take.
George Lucas based the character of Han Solo on his friend, director Francis Ford Coppola.
The studio was unhappy with “Star Wars” as a title after negative market testing. A competition was held during shooting for cast and crew to come up with a better one, but nothing stuck.
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
The blasters used by the Stormtroopers were constructed from Sterling L2A3 Mk 4 submachine guns.
The Dagobah set needed to be elevated to give Frank Oz and three other puppeteers room to control the Yoda puppet from below.
Several crates of simulated snow as seen on the Hoth Hangar set were taken along to Finse, Norway, just in case there was not enough real snow lying about.
Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
The dual stripes painted on rebel A-wing fighters were originally blue, but were changed to red because the blue made it a problem when filming blue-screen effects.
At the time, the climactic battle in outer space featured more optical effects in one scene than had ever been previously committed to film.
The film originally included a sandstorm scene that occurred after Han’s rescue. It was cut because it was unnecessary and was hectic to shoot.
And there we have it, a very small amount of the massive trivia about Star Wars out there. Next time, I will be bringing something else, so make sure you come back and check it out.