- Posted by Stephen Whiteley
- On 29/05/2018
Every season has its own set of witty and enthralling behind the scene stories. However, for a season as grand as Star Wars, the intensity of these insights increases significantly. Let’s dive into some of the epic tales that happened while filming of Star Wars.
Alec Guinness Hatred for Star Wars
Alec played Obi-wan and attained fame and earned heck lots of money. However, the actor loathed his character. The reason was that Star wars gained tremendous popularity and people would only recognize Alec from his character in Star Wars. He pleaded with the director to let his character die off however yet he was in the three movies of Star Wars Trilogy.
Real Trash on the Set
We all remember the “New Hope” trash compactor scene. Not surprisingly, the trash seen in the scene was all real. The intensity of smell was so bad that Mark Hamill almost burst his blood vessel of his face trying not to smell the trash.
Initially, George Lucas intended that Yoda should be played by an actual monkey. The monkey would be wearing a real mask and would also be carrying a cane. The idea was later not adopted thinking the monkey would inhibit the production and filming of the scenes by constantly taking off his mask.
Leia’s Slave Girl Costume was more than sexy
According to the actor that played Leia, Carrie Fisher the golden bikini was made up of plastic, hard immovable plastic. The plastic won’t move with her body, so the fellow actors on set did get an eyeful of Carrie. She also proclaimed that anyone standing behind her would get the perfect view.
Aircraft models used for shooting
The X-wing fighters in Return of the Jedi were model shots that the prop designers designed. The shots seemed quite realistic from the distant. Also, the prop designers put in extra metal and wiring to make the x-wing fighters as realistic as possible.
Crap Helmets of Stormtroopers
Some of the helmets used on the set of Star Wars were just piece of wreckage. A man who was skilled to make canoes and ponds were assigned the task to make these helmets. He used a paint that didn’t stick well to the adhesive material of the helmets. Therefore making the helmets seems a total waste of time and energy.
Swing to Freedom was all real
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher iconic scene where they swing on a rope were performed by the actual actors. They didn’t prefer using stunt doubles, and hence that made the scene even more beautiful. Everyone on set appreciated the effort put forth by the actors.
Han Solo was frozen for a reason
Harrison Ford was quite bored of his character Han Solo and therefore didn’t want to return for another movie. Therefore George Lucas froze him in Carbonite in case Harrison doesn’t return again to play his iconic character. It was indeed a heart-wrenching scene for fans.