5 Things You May Not Have Known About Star Wars
It was an intergalactic bang. Forty years ago, back in 1977, the first of George Lucas’ blockbuster Star Wars movies hit American theaters. Here, we’ve put together a list of five interesting facts about the creation of the inaugural film.
Boasting almost $5 billion in revenue earned at the box office for the entire franchise – not to mention the ongoing cash flow generated by the plethora of Star Wars-related merchandise (light saber chopsticks or Darth Vader toaster anyone?)—it’s amazing to think that Universal Artists film studio actually passed on the film when creator George Lucas pitched it in the 1970s. Sure, in hindsight it seems a boneheaded business decision, but back then would you have agreed to back a somewhat convoluted “space opera” that takes place in a galaxy far, far away featuring robots, aliens and a creature called Chewbacca?
We’ve put together a list of five interesting facts about the creation of the inaugural film.
3. The real-life Han Solo
Okay, maybe he’s doesn’t resemble Han Solo in every way, or most ways really, but it’s said that George Lucas based the rebel fighter on his friend (and fellow director) Francis Ford Coppola.
Another interesting piece of information is that, among the actors reportedly considered for the role were Kurt Russell, Al Pacino and Christopher Walken. Instead, Lucas and the studio took a chance on some unknown guy named Harrison Ford.
4. The music’s great, too
Much like the Star Wars brand and most of it’s main characters, the music from the film transcends pop culture to the point that even those who’ve never seen the films can likely identify the main theme. Legendary composer John Williams counts Star Wars among the list of films he wrote immediately identifiable scores for (Indiana Jones, Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Superman are just a few examples of his well-known work). Not only did Williams win an Oscar, a Grammy, a BAFTA award, and a Golden Globe for his original Star Wars music, but the score was chosen as the greatest of all time by the American Film Institute.