It’s May the 4th, which to anyone remotely geek-affiliated means that it is International Star Wars Day and we’ve got a mega collection of Star Wars loot on site today that you can browse to your heart’s content.
To celebrate, our Community Manager and resident Star Wars aficionado Kelsey (seriously, she has the Han Solo tattoo to prove it) has given us a collection of little-known trivia about the movie series that changed many of our lives.
Read on to be surprised by these TOTALLY OUT OF THIS WORLD Star Wars facts:
The role of Mace Windu was more badass than you can possibly imagine
Not only did Tupac Shakur audition for the role initially, Samuel L. Jackson also claims that the words “Bad Motherf*****” were engraved on the lightsaber that his character used. I wonder whether they sold Royales with cheese on Alderaan?
Princess Leia didn’t wear underwear during the entire movie, and the reason why is weird
It seems that George Lucas was a pretty smooth talker. Apparently he managed to convince Carrie Fisher that there was no underwear in outer space. When interviewed about it, she said that Lucas had seriously thought out the reason why: “He explained that in space you get weightless, and so your flesh expands. What? But your bra doesn’t, so you get strangled by your bra.” The famous metal bikini she wore was, as a result, strapped on with gaffer tape and according to Fisher she had great trouble lying down as the metal bikini stayed up and “Boba Fett could see all the way to Florida” … Being one of the only women in space definitely had some major drawbacks.
Ewan McGregor made lightsaber noises as he duelled while filming
Don’t lie, you would do exactly the same thing if you were handed a lightsaber by George Lucas. Heck, if I was in that position I would look pretty much identical to this guy. Mr McGregor’s noises had to be edited out in post production, and there’s a part of me that wishes they had released an uncut edition.
There’s an island that accepts Star Wars collectible coins as legal tender
Yep! The South Pacific island of Niue accepts the limited edition coins as real money. Excuse me while I pack my bags – clearly they have good taste in both movies and currency.
Qui-Gon Jinn used a fairly unorthodox everyday item for his communicator
The personal communicator used by Qui-Gon in Episode I is actually made from a cast of a Gilette Ladies Sensor Excell razor. He could keep in touch with everyone AND have silky smooth legs! That’s jedi-level multitasking right there.
Make your own authentic Episode I communicator with our great selection of razors now! (Never thought we’d be able to plug that category in a blog post, thanks Qui-Gon…)
This is not only an actual thing, it was a number one hit in 1977
The funk is strong with this one.
‘N Sync nearly had a cameo in Attack of the Clones
Not sure whether this one is amazing or tragic. George Lucas’ daughter requested that her favourite band be present in the movie, to which Lucas initially obliged. The band had to say “bye, bye, bye” to their cameo though (see what I did there?) once the final edit happened, and they presumably wanted more screentime for Jar Jar.
Feel free to argue with us about which movie of the trilogy was the best (it’s Empire Strikes Back FYI) and what George Lucas was thinking when he created Jar Jar Binks in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page!
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