WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 — May 4th has become known as Star Wars Day. Originally a way for “Star Wars” fans to acknowledge one another along with their beloved movie franchise, the somewhat silly conceit eventually found its way (as all things holy do) into the hands of big brands and the people who man their social media feeds. Fans turn the day into the Star Wars greeting “may the force be with you.” Here are six Star Wars facts that you may not know.
1. The Who Shot First Debate
One of the most contentious debates in the “Star Wars” universe is “Who Shot First?” Not an Abbott & Costello routine, but an argument about who pulled the trigger in a bar fight: Han Solo or Greedo the Bounty Hunter. In the 1977 cut of the film, Han Solo shoots Greedo from under the table without giving the bounty hunter warning or a chance to fight back. In the George Lucas-ified Special Editions, Greedo shoots first and Han’s blast is in self-defense.
2. The Language of the Ewoks
3. A New Hope?
Star Wars came out in 1977 and was retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1978, when George Lucas envisioned sequels and prequels for his galactic universe. Considering the first prequel, The Phantom Menace, would be released twenty-one years later, that’s pretty impressive planning. Type A much?
4. Luke’s Identity Crisis
Luke Skywalker went through several changes while Lucas drafted Star Wars. At different points of the writing process, Luke was a girl, a 65-year-old military general, and a guy by the name of Luke Starkiller. Hardly an appropriate name for a peace-loving Jedi.
5. Harrison Ford changes his tune
Although it went on to become one of the Star Wars series’ most iconic lines, Han Solo’s “I know” wasn’t part of the script: it was improvised by actor Harrison Ford who was unsatisfied with the written line, a simple “I love you, too.”
6. When Jabba Speaks People Listen
The squelchy noises Jabba the Hutt makes when he moves were created by a sound tech running his fingers through a cheese casserole. That makes Jabba the Pizza Hutt sound a lot less appetizing.