On Star Wars Day, we tell you 10 things about the franchise that you probably didn’t know.
I HAVE A BAD FEELING
The oft-quoted phrase "I have a bad feeling about this" has been used in every Star Wars film so far.
Harrison Ford almost wasn’t Han Solo. Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson were among the contenders.
YODA AS A MONKEY
Filmmaker George Lucas originally planned for Yoda to be played by a monkey wearing a mask and carrying a cane.
SAMUEL L JACKSON
Actor Samuel L Jackson claims that the words "bad m**********r" were engraved on the lightsaber he used in the films.
The lightsaber noise comes from the familiar hum of an old television.
David Prowse, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader, is banned from attending Star Wars conventions because George Lucas finds him annoying.
George Lucas came up with the name R2-D2 while he was shooting his 1971 classic, American Graffiti.
Filmmaker David Fincher, known for The Social Network (2010), got his first job on a Star Wars film as an assistant camera operator.
RETURN OF JEDI
George Lucas toyed with the idea that after Luke removes dying Vader’s helmet, he puts it on and turns to the dark side.
Every Star Wars film has been released the week after George Lucas’s birthday on May 14.