10 interesting facts you didn’t know about the first Star Wars movie

1. The 1977 Star Wars movie – A New Hope is one of the most iconic films in the world to date Supposedly Writer/director George Lucas had a hard time selling it to the studios — Universal and Disney turned him down, and 20th Century Fox finally trusted him enough to commission the project.

2. George Lucas’ genius proved he undertook to write and direct the movie on the cheap, but there were two conditions: He had the right to the sequel and the rights to the movie-related products — he’d already gotten rich from the latter.

3. The film’s iconic opening credits, Going to Space, were written by none other than brilliant Scarface director Brian De Palma, after he found the film written by his longtime friend George Lucas.

4. Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2, and Anthony Daniels, who played C-3PO, reportedly didn’t get along at all, even though they’re best friends with the droid in the movie.

5. GEORGE LUCAS was initially given very little money to shoot, so when it ran out, production stalled for two weeks until he got more money from Fox.

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6. George Lucas is a rather introverted personality, he hardly communicated with his actors, he only told them “faster” or “more intense” – when his voice came out on the set, they made him labels with such inscriptions as a joke.

7. Mark Hamill was given the role of Luke Skywalker, which of course wasn’t the only person he applied for – one of the candidates was none other than Robert Englund, best known for his role as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on the Elm Street series.

8. Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, admitted decades later that she had an affair with Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo – who was married at the time.

9. The studio was a bit worried that Han Solo’s loyal Wookiee companion, Chewbacca, wouldn’t wear a costume in the movie — but George Lucas convinced them the character didn’t have genitals, so they didn’t have to worry.

10. According to legend, George Lucas’ wife saved Star Wars, which is true to a point, because the first cut was so bad that the director was completely desperate, but Marcia Lucas recut it with most of it, and that’s how we got the movie that millions now love.

Check out our gallery about the Star Wars movie – A New Hope, which was released in the US exactly 46 years ago today:

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