Return of the Jedi – Fun Facts

Unfortunately this is the last, the final post celebrating Star Wars. Well celebrating a month of Star Wars. I’ve talked about each episode, expressing my thoughts and feelings, and giving you the added fun of fact posts too! You know my favourite character is Finn, but would have been Darth Vader. You also found out my love of the original trilogy, and my disappointment in the newer trilogy.

SO… I won’t keep you waiting, the last fun fact post is here… enjoy…

• Harrison Ford suggested that Jan sacrifice himself to save his friends, but George Lucas disagreed, and told him he wanted Han to play a heroic part in the end. You’d think Harrison Ford didn’t like playing Han Solo – He always asks to be killed off while making every movie!

• Originally Leia wasn’t supposed to be Luke’s sister. A sequel trilogy was going to be about Luke finding his long lost sister. But George changed his mind and wanted everything tied up in this film.

• It took six people to work the full-sized animatronic of Jabba the Hutt.

• Before filming began, it was discovered that all of Darth Vader’s lightsaber props had either been lost or stolen. So, one of Luke Skywalker’s “stunt” saber props from Episode V had to be quickly re-invented into a “Vader-esque” saber for this film.

• The script described a little more detail about Luke and Leia’s mother. She was disguised as Leia’s adoptive parents’ handmaid and died when Leia was about 4. I bet George Lucas is glad it wasn’t mentioned in the film, cut that would of kinda ruined Padme’s storyline.

• The first film to gross over $20 million in its opening weekend.

• The film grossed more than $250 million from a $32 million budget in 1983, and then another $40 million in its 1997 re-release.

• This is the only film in the Original Trilogy to have green lightsabers, instead of blue ones.

• Listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force.

• Yoda is the only Jedi that dies of natural causes.

• The film takes place 1 year after “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”.

Well there you have it, i hope you learnt something new about Return of the Jedi. I have really enjoyed my Star Wars month. Getting to share with you my passion for the saga has been a joy. Plus, like you, I’ve learnt some new info about them as well.
I may do a similar celebration with the Marvel Universe or another movie saga, like Pirates of the Caribbean, so watch this space!

And thanks for reading!

Jedi Wynder


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