• Mattie Stu

10 Things You Didn't Know About A New Hope (Probably)

The Tantive IV's classic “hammerhead” cockpit was only added in after the release of the TV show Space: 1999, which featured a very similar design.

Before casting Ben Kenobi and Princess Leia, George Lucas considered hiring Japanese actors for the roles. Toshiro Mifune was one such consideration.

When breaking for lunch, the cast and crew would often forget about Kenny Baker, leaving him behind in the R2-D2 costume.

Mark Hamill's look of fear in this scene was completely warranted as he had to legitimately dodge each strike, due to the poor visibility offered by the Tusken Raider mask.

This sequence mirror's a scene in John Ford's 1956 classic The Searchers, in which Comanche raiders cause a diversion to lure away the hero, before burning down the Edwards' farm.

The constructed two thirds of the Millennium Falcon were too large to move, resulting in sets being built around it, such as Docking Bay 94 and the Death Star hangar.

Before complying to budget restrictions, the dianoga was originally envisioned by Lucas as a transparent, shape-shifting cross between an octopus and jellyfish.

Chewbacca's costume retained a bad smell following the trash compactor scene.

Originally, Luke was to miss the exhaust port after traversing the Death Star trench, only to succeed one pass later. However, the sequences were merged to speed up the story.

And, last but not least...

Darth Vader's screen time comes in at a mere 12 minutes!

Were you surprised by any of today's facts? Let me know in the comments below!

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