TIL that while filming Star Wars (1977), a prop Sandcrawler located close to the Tunisian-Libyan border caused Libyan dictator Mu’ammar Al-Gaddafi to threaten war against Tunisia because he believed it was a military vehicle.
TIL Harrison Ford was frozen in The Empire Strikes Back because, unlike Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, Ford had only signed on for two films. After the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lucas didn’t think Ford would return for the 3rd Star Wars film, but left him frozen just in case. https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/pjcibr/til_harrison_ford_was_frozen_in_the_empire/
TIL that the communicator used by Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace is actually a Gillete Sensor Excel women’s razor https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/1xivmw/til_that_the_communicator_used_by_quigon_jinn_in/
TIL that when filming the TV series “”The Mandalorian”” in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes
TIL: The band *NSYNC was originally in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but their scenes were cut in the final edit.
TIL that Porgs were included in Star Wars because they had no way of getting rid of all the puffins when they were filming in Ireland
TIL James Earl Jones spent only 2.5 hours recording all of Darth Vadar’s lines for Star Wars and was paid $7,500 https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/99ipia/til_james_earl_jones_spent_only_25_hours/
TIL that Tupac Shakur auditioned to play the role of Mace Windu in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/9x6uh2/til_that_tupac_shakur_auditioned_to_play_the_role/
TIL that Jon Bon Jovi’s first professional recording was singing backup vocals on the 1980 Star Wars tie-in Christmas album “Christmas In The Stars.” https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/e7er90/til_that_jon_bon_jovis_first_professional/
TIL: The term ‘Sith’ is never mentioned in the original Star Wars trilogy https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/4hxy2v/til_the_term_sith_is_never_mentioned_in_the/