Only 2 people knew Darth Vader was Luke’s father, 6 total before audiences saw it. A fake page was put in the script; Mark Hamill was informed 5 minutes prior to shooting the scene, and was told the man playing Darth Vader would be using incorrect dialogue, and to “act” as if he said it.
George Lucas paid the entire $33 million production fee for Star Wars V himself, taking out a loan from the bank. He made his money back in three months, and Star Wars V went on to gross over half a billion dollars, making it the most successful independent film of all time.
When filming in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Ewan McGregor kept imitating the noise of the lightsaber during his fights. George Lucas explained many times that this would be added in by the special effects people later on. Ewan said “I keep getting carried away“.
Carrie Fisher never wore a bra in the first Star Wars movie at the request of George Lucas. He explained to her that in space, her flesh would expand, but her bra wouldn’t, so she would be strangled by her bra.
For the original Star Wars, Lucas paid a fine and resigned from the Directors Guild rather than obey its demand that he begin with conventional opening credits.
No physical clone trooper costume was ever produced for the Star Wars prequels. Every single clone trooper is a computer generated image.
The name “Chewbacca” derived from the russian word собака (sobaka), which simply means “dog”.
Harrison Ford had given up on acting to become a carpenter. George Lucas discovered him for the role of Han Solo while Ford was installing his cabinets.
All of the old buildings from Star Wars, such as Obi-Wan’s house, Mos Espa, and Lars Homestead, are still intact and can be visited at Tunisia.
George Lucas was diagnosed with hypertension and exhaustion as a result of Star Wars.