May the Facts Be With You

May the 4th banner. Photo credit to starwars.com

May the 4th banner. Photo credit to starwars.com

Nicholas Silva, Layout Editor

Every year on May 4, shouts of “May the fourth be with you” ring from troves of “Star Wars” fans. Due to the day’s similar phonetics to the famous term ‘may the force’, it was declared as Star Wars Day by fans –not to be confused with Force Friday, of course. To celebrate this fandom occurrence, here are some fascinating facts from the movies and behind the scenes:

  • The second Death Star, situated over the forest moon of Endor, was so incredibly massive that it impacted the moon itself -the force of the space station prompted tidal waves and other natural occurrences, including disasters such as earthquakes.
  • Boba Fett’s name is never mentioned directly in “Empire Strikes Back”.
  • At first, the Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) was to be one movie. However, 20th Century Fox decided that it would make the film too long, and so the three acts were divided into the three different movies, setting the precedence for later films.
  • When trying to get the rights to make toys based on the movie – a concept rarely exercised – toymaker Kenner presented a set of major characters based on concept art. One of the designers felt that the junk-selling Jawas deserved representation, and after making the model decided that his sock -pulled from his foot- made the best cloak for the creature. He remarked that he hoped George Lucas did not get too close.
  • This is a well-known one these days, but just in case, Darth Vader’s name is huge foreshadowing during the Original Trilogy. Darth means ‘dark’, and Vader is close to the Dutch word for ‘father’, therefore Darth Vader roughly means ‘Dark Father’.
  • In creating the ideas for “Star Wars’” famous space battles, George Lucas spliced together dogfights from old World War II films.
  • Tatooine was originally going to be called Utapa, but wasn’t. Then, George Lucas thought to use the name for the planet later called Naboo, but again chose not to. Finally, the name was used towards the end of Episode III “Revenge of the Sith” as General Grievous’ hideout right before Order 66 is activated.
  • The production budget in 1977 for “A New Hope” was $11 million. The budget for “The Last Jedi” was $200 million.
  • The original name of “Return of the Jedi” was “Revenge of the Jedi”, but Lucas decided that it sounded too un-Jedi, and shelved it until it was used in Episode III.
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu) wanted a purple light saber in Episode II, “Attack of the Clones” so that his family could identify him in the climactic battle.