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Trivia: While not as beset by disasters as Lucas's previous movie American Graffiti, there were some setbacks. Firstly, filming in Tunisia was delayed when the region experienced its first winter rainstorm in fifty years. Getting R2-D2 to work also proved very problematic, and at one point it started picking up Tunisian radio signals.

Trivia: Special Edition Only: There was a problem with the new scene with Jabba. Harrison Ford walks around the person who portrays Jabba, but when they digitally replaced the character with Jabba, he couldn't because of the tail, so he walked through him. George Lucas fixed the problem by making him step on the tail.

Trivia: When Luke goes to his room we see C-3PO saying he told R2-D2 not to leave. In the room there is something visible that looks like the bonnet of a car with a Mercedes Benz sign on it.

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Trivia: The uniforms of Alliance pilots resemble the uniform of US Navy pilots in the 60's and they were made with racing pilot's clothes. They also have distress rockets on their ankle like Luftwaffe pilots in the second world war.

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Trivia: Han Solo's gun is a a distinctly modified Mauser C-96 with a "bull" barrel rented from the Bapty Prop Armory, and was used in an earlier film called "Naked Runner" staring Frank Sinatra. The alternate prop used for the "cantina scene", was an MGC replica of a C-96 Mauser.

Trivia: Before shooting one of the final scenes needed in the film, Mark Hamill was involved in a car accident in which he injured his nose and left cheekbone. As a result of this, a double was used for the landspeeder pickup shots.

Trivia: On the Death Star, just after Darth Vader speaks to the stormtroopers, one of them, in the background, moves and looks stupidly around him while the others are straight.

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Trivia: Just before the film's completion, Mark Hamill was cast as David Bradford on the TV series "Eight is Enough." Hamill believed the film was going to be a hit, and wanted to focus on his film career. Hamill played David in the series' pilot, and was replaced by Grant Goodeve for the rest of the show's run.

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Trivia: The Stormtrooper guns are actually British Sterling MK. IV submachine guns.

Trivia: The interrogation droid has a protruding metal object at the top that resembles salad tongs. These are Simpson forceps, which have been used for centuries to deliver babies. Certainly a torture device if the expectant mother has no anesthesia.

Trivia: George Lucas wanted to do a Flash Gordon remake, but couldn't obtain the movie rights and developed Star Wars in its stead - hence the opening title sequence. Following the success of Star Wars, the owners of Flash Gordon decided to make a movie after all. Released in 1980, the same year as The Empire Strikes Back, it flopped.

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Trivia: When they power-up the Death Star, the control panel is a Grass Valley switcher, production equipment which is still prevalent in television stations everywhere.

Trivia: When Han, Luke and Ben emerge from the compartments of the Millennium Falcon after it arrives in the Death Star, a 3-note motif from the Alfred Hitchcock film "Psycho" can be heard.

Trivia: George Lucas originally planned the character of Han Solo to be a huge green-skinned monster with no nose and gills.

Trivia: The sounds of the doors banging in the Death Star were actually the big shutters which open and close the big dome at Mount Palomar Observatory in California.

Trivia: When Han and Luke dressed as Imperial stormtroopers take Chewbacca to the Detention Security Area in the Death Star, Chewbacca roars at a skittish mouse droid and frightens it. This scene was improvised on the set and not scripted.

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Revealing mistake: When Darth Vader and Ben are fighting, Darth's chestplate is on backwards and the belt "buckle" is as well. It appears that the entire shot was reversed. (01:26:20 - 01:27:15)

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[Princess Leia gets her first look at the Millenium Falcon.]
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Question: There's a HUGE rumor that's been going around since Return of the Jedi came out: There's actually three more scripts (besides the prequels). Is there, in fact, a Star Wars: Episode VII, Episode VIII, and Episode IX? If so, what are they about?

Answer: While planning Star Wars, Lucas had a vague notion of doing a long series of movies inspired by old serials, then dropped that idea in favor of just one. When Star Wars became a phenomenon and sequels became feasible, Lucas revisited the idea. He thought of three trilogies along with some stand-alone "in-between" stories for a total of 12 films. By the time of The Empire Strikes Back's release, this was pared down to the 9 mainline films, going by interviews with Lucas and the cast at the time. By Return of the Jedi, Lucas had decided to end the saga there, with the option that he could revisit the first three at some later point. It's unclear if Lucas ever had any specific story ideas for the proposed sequel trilogy, and they never had any scripts. Producer Gary Kurtz suggested in an interview they would've been about Luke's twin sister (not Leia), though many fans are skeptical about just how much he would know about them. Of course since this question was asked a sequel trilogy was written and released.

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Answer: This was long a long-standing rumour, but George Lucas always denied it. He allowed various authors to cover the history of that time period in book form - if he'd had any serious intention of doing films set in that timeframe, he wouldn't have done that. Since that time of course Disney took over the franchise and has announced new films, but entirely separate from the previous "expanded universe" of the novels, and not involving any ideas George Lucas may have had in the past.

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Answer: I'm not sure how old this question is but it is a sequel trilogy. Episode VII : The Force Awakens is about a scavenger and former stormtrooper teaming up the Resistance to attempt to defeat the new First Order and Kylo Ren (Ben Solo). Episode VIII : The Last Jedi is about Rey finding Luke Skywalker who is in exile hoping that he would be left alone, and he tells the story of how he tried to murder his nephew who in retaliation, turned to the dark side. Episode IX : Rise of Skywalker is about the return of Emperor Palpatine and recovering Sith Wayfinders that will lead them to Exegol and kill him, with Billy Dee Williams returning as Lando Calrissian.

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