7 Need-to-Know Facts About Star Wars

Posted Dec 28, by Alison Stanton

Not a single clone trooper costume was produced for the Star Wars prequels. They are all CG.

To the average Star Wars prequels critic, this should come as no surprise. Rick McCallum, the producer of the prequels, confirmed that every single shot in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith used a heavy amount of computer generated images. 

Hayden Christensen also confirmed just how heavy the use of CG was when he said he was pretty sure there was only one actual set he worked on, meaning one that wasn’t just a green screen and props. So it should come as no surprise that there are no physical clone troopers in the entirety of the trilogy. 

If you go back and look, every shot with them has that glossed over “CG” look to it. The actor was present on set, however, during scenes that required a clone’s face, such as the Order 66 scene in Revenge of the Sith. Many fans have criticized the heavy use of computer generated imagery in the prequels, feeling the environments look sterile and fake. 

Many have criticized the over usage of CG in filmmaking in general as well. Generally though, it’s something an increasing number of filmmakers are starting to do because of the convenience it offers, as shooting on location can be expensive and tiring. 

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Steven Spielberg still makes a fortune from Star Wars because he and George Lucas bet on it's success!

In 1977, Lucas had finished producing Star Wars and went to Alabama where Spielberg was shooting Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Lucas was depressed and told Spielberg that Star Wars did not live up to his vision and thought he just made a kids’ movie.In a move to make some extra money after Star Wars, Lucas proposed that each director give 2.5% of their movie’s profits to the other. 

Fortunately, Close Encounters got Lucas money and saved Columbia movie studios from bankruptcy. However, it was better for Spielberg. He still receives tons of money constantly from Star Wars merchandise, DVDs, and re-releases!

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A remix of the Star Wars Theme and the Cantina Band song is the best selling instrumental single of all time!

The Star Wars Theme song was a disco number recorded by Meco. Meco is best known for the Star Wars Theme song, but he is actually an American record producer and musician. There is a band and production team based around him, too. 

The Star Wars Theme single and its album were certified platinum in the U.S. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 1, 1977 and held the spot for two weeks. To this day it is the biggest selling instrumental single in the history of recorded music. It is also the only one to make certified platinum. Meco watched “Star Wars” on its opening day in May of 1977. 

By the second day, he had watched the feature film four times and watched it several more times by the weekend. It was then that he got the idea to make a disco version of the score by John Williams. He contacted Neil Bogart at Casablanca Records about his idea, but it wasn’t until the original score became a huge success that Bogart agreed to help Meco make a disco version. 

In three weeks, they got a band together and recorded the disco version of the Star Wars Theme and the entire album it was on, Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk. 

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The Band of the British Welsh Guards played the Star Wars Imperial March to welcome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to Britain.

The Welsh Guards are an institution in charge of greeting and playing for foreign dignitaries around the world upon their visit to the United Kingdom. Whenever someone of high political importance visits, it’s British tradition to have the Royal Band play for them. 

That includes ALL major political figures, including the ones who aren’t generally favored. Saudi King Abdullah was just such an example of someone unfavorable. He publicly promoted (and allegedly funded) books like “Women Who Deserve To Go To Hell,” and others with content saying homosexuals should be stoned and thrown from mountaintops. 

On top of that, he had them distributed at British mosques. Abdullah has also been known for heavy promotion of torture. Understandably, the band wasn’t really that happy about playing for him, but rather than break a centuries old tradition, they chose a song they felt was very fitting. 

The Saudi King had no idea what was going on (fortunately), and merely visited with the Queen for a while and left. There is video of the whole thing, which can be viewed at the source

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A Death Star costs $15.6 septillion to make!

That’s 1.4 trillion times the US debt! Ryszard Gold made the calculation of the basic Death Star’s price based on the cost of current materials and space transport right here on Earth. He factored in the cost for material, air, and of course shipping and handling. 

Keep in mind that this is a very basic model of a Death Star; there is no GPS, radio, leather seating, crew quarters, drink holders, etc. These additional accessories would raise the price to $31 septillions. 

So what do you think; is it better to use that money to, I don’t know, fix the economic crisis, or will the investment be worth it.

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The actor who played Anakin in Star Wars Ep 1 was picked on for his role!

Jake Lloyd played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars almost 10 years ago, but apparently, the film left a lasting mark on his social life. He was constantly questioned about his role. 

Some people even made fun of him by saying that he had ruined the prequel. Lloyd says that this behavior persisted through high school and also college. Although he had fun during the shoot, he admits know that going back and looking at the movie feels “creepy.” 

He’s now making his way through film school, and the movie royalties aren’t doing as much to help him as you would expect. He hopes that after college he can, in his own words, “work.” Well Jake, may the force be with you. 

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The “Star Wars Kid” dropped out of school due to teasing. Now he is a lawyer.

 As communication becomes more and more reliant on the Internet and social sites, issues of privacy and related problems also become more common. These issues can lead to harassment and a form of online bullying. In the case of Star Wars Kid, as he is often called on the often Internet, the video posted caused him to drop out of school and enter into a psychiatric ward for depression.

The video itself shows Ghyslain Raza, Star Wars Kid, spinning around in a circle with an imaginary light saber. The video went viral and Raza felt harassed and part of a widespread form of bullying. Raza and his parents sued several families whose children posted the video. They reached a monetary settlement with the other families.

A little older now, in his 20s, Ghyslain Raza, already familiar with the legal process from the legal proceedings over the video, is working to become a lawyer. While online bullying has led to suicide in some situations, in the case or Raza, he has overcome the bullying, and used his experience to form his career.  

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