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Star Wars Secret Facts – From All the Movies (So Far)

Guess we’re going to have to update this one again in December, right?

If you’re a true Star Wars fan, you probably think you know all the facts about the movies. Whether it’s who killed who, who used their lightsaber first or who wore Jedi robes before they became fashionable…you know them all, right? Well, see how many you know out of these lot. Take a look at some of the most interesting Star Wars secrets – from all of the movies ever.

We almost didn’t have Anakin

Hayden Christensen was cast as Anakin in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones… but nearly didn’t get the part. Other high profile famous actors also auditioned for the role, including Paul Walker, Colin Hanks, and Jonathan Brandis. Christensen ended up with the role because of how he looked next to Natalie Portman – and boy he looked good. Oh, and he did pretty well in the audition too…

General Grievous wasn’t originally General Grievous

We all know General Grievous as the Supreme Commander of the Confederacy of Independent Systems (oh, you didn’t know that? And you call yourself a fan…). In more simpler terms, we know him as a Cyborg. However, early concept designs imagined him as a small child that sits in a floating chair. They threw out that idea because they didn’t think it would be taken seriously enough.

They all love a lightsaber

Lightsabers are anyones Kryptonite (oops, cross-referencing). Give a lightsaber to any person…ever…and they’ll struggle to not play with it and pretend that they’re saving the galaxy from enemy invaders. It turns out; we’re not so different to famous actors. Ewan McGregor and Christensen both played around on set, and McGregor even made swooshing noises when filming – which had to be edited out.

Word Origins

You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to know that Darth Vader translates to the German for ‘Dark Father’…which makes sense. Because he’s dark and evil and, well, we won’t spoil the rest. It is less known that the name ‘Yoda’ originates from the Sanskrit word for ‘warrior.’ Mmm, interesting, this is.

They used a lot of visual effects…

I know, why couldn’t they just go up to space and fly spaceships around to get the shots? Such a waste. As visual effects became even more widespread, the directors began to rely on them even more. Star Wars: Episode III contains more visual effect than Episodes I and II put together.

…So much so, that some people weren’t even real!

Because of the number of visual effects in Star Wars: Episode III, none of the Clone Troopers were real. All of the clones were created using CGI, and no actors were brought in for the movie. Well, that’s disappointing.

Coming up… Brownie points if you spotted the potato and shoe in this next scene…

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