Did you know Ewoks speak Nepalese? On Star Wars Day, 5 less-known facts
Every year on May 4, Star Wars fans all over the world cosplay as their favourite characters, march on the streets, re-watch the movies, and celebrate their favourite film franchise with others like them. While it’s not an officially recognised event, May 4 is - simply because it sounds like the famous Star Wars salutation, May the Force be with you - generally accepted as Star Wars day.
Star Wars is the benchmark for the modern blockbuster, having redefined the rules of Hollywood on its way to becoming the most successful film franchise of all time - the Marvel Cinematic Universe has since pushed Star Wars down to number 2.
But the empire keeps expanding every year, with new films planned for the forseeable future, it’s unlikely that there will ever be a time when we don’t have a new Star Wars movie to look forward to. In a few weeks, we will see the second spin-off movie in the series, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and in 2019, director JJ Abrams will unveil his trilogy-capper, Episode IX.
But Star Wars isn’t ending after we’re done with the sequel trilogy. Two separate trilogies - one by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and another by Game of Thrones creators, DB Weiss and David Benioff - are in the pipeline and Disney will unveil their new streaming platform with a live-action show from director Jon Favreau.
So in celebration of the film series that has captured the world’s imagination for over four decades - but remains curiously unpopular in India - we’ve compiled a list of quirky facts that might convert you. Let’s be clear, there’s no alternative to actually watching the films, but let this be a nudge in the right direction.
* The Ewok language in Return of the Jedi was a combination of Nepalese and Tibetan. The short, furry creatures weren’t well received back in the ‘80s, but have since endeared themselves to the fanbase - thanks in no short part to peole finding a new punching bag in the Gungan, Jar-Jar Binks.
* The iconic crawl at the beginning of the first Star Wars movie wasn’t written by George Lucas, but his friend and fellow filmmaker, Brian De Palma. You know him as the man behind classics such as Scarface and Carrie.
*According to a Los Angeles Times report, the tiny South Pacific of Niue accepts Star Wars collectable coins as legal tender.
*The instantly recognisable sound of the TIE fighters was made by combining the sounds of an elephant with cars on a wet pavement. Yes, the first film won an Oscar for best sound.
*After burning himself out with the first Star Wars film, director George Lucas went looking for other directors to helm the sequel. One man on his list was David Lynch, who turned him down, saying that he had ‘next door to zero interest.’
So until next time, May the Force be with you.