“Many Bothans died to bring us this information.”
Originally, R2-D2 had dialogue, with actual speaking parts.
Many of C-3PO's reactions correspond to R2's original lines.
A select group of directors were the first to see the movie.
The majority, including Brian de Palma, thought that Star Wars would be a dud. The only person who predicted its success was Steven Spielberg.
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The iconic “Imperial March” (also known as Darth Vader’s theme) is never actually heard in A New Hope.
The song was originally composed for The Empire Strikes Back. (Though it may have been edited back into the special editon of “A New Hope” later.)
The 20th Century Fox executives wanted Chewbacca to wear shorts.
They sent memos to Lucas, scandalized that there was a naked character. Although they ended up making sketches of Chewbacca with clothes, they chose to retain his original appearance.