Return of the Jedi: The movie that was supposed to have a different ending. Gary Kurtz, the original producer of Return of the Jedi, said that in the early story outline, Han Solo dies and the Rebel forces are left in tatters, with Luke disappearing into the wilderness. But George Lucas thought killing off main characters would hurt toy sales, so he changed the ending to a big Ewok party.
Chewbacca: Man’s best friend in the Star Wars’ universe. This character was inspired one morning in the early ‘70s while watching his wife, Marcia, drive off in her car. She had their Alaskan malamute, Indiana (the name sake for Indiana Jones), with her. Lucas liked the way the large shaggy dog looked in the passenger seat, so he decided to create a character in the film that was a cross between Indiana, a bear, and a monkey.
A bet: Something George Lucas and Steven Spielberg made before Star Wars was released for the first time. While Lucas was working on post-production of Star Wars, he visited his good friend, Steven Spielberg, on the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Seeing Spielberg making this movie on a huge set, Lucas relayed to him that he believed Star Wars would be a huge flop and made a bet. Lucas would give Spielberg 2.5% of Star Wars if Spielberg agreed to give him 2.5% of Close Encounters. Spielberg was so sure Star Wars would be a hit that he agreed to take the gamble. It’s estimated that Spielberg made around $46 million from this bet, and it still continues to grow if he hasn’t let his good friend off the hook yet.
George Lucas: The only one who knew about the iconic link, “Luke, I am your father!” During filming, the actors had a different script, and the line that read was, “Luke, You are your own father!” That really confused and outraged the actors and film crew, and Lucas had to concoct a lengthy lie about a time-travel-based return of the Jedi.
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