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For c-3po, it was a costume, Anthony Daniels played c-3po: For R2-D2, It was a costume and a remote controlled robot. CGI was also used in the prequel trilogy. So, they had Kenny Baker to play him : And from Portrayal section of wookieepedia article on R2-D2 : Baker performed the role of R2-D2 inside a standing unit of the droid, wearing a ...


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This is to reflect Luke's own darkness and how he must overcome it. He sees Vader as the face of true evil which is why it is envisioned here as him. Vader never actually appears there, physically. When it is shown that Vader has Luke's face, this is to represent Luke's own fear of becoming as evil as Vader (if this scene occurred a movie later, it would ...


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The creature, called a Dianoga, is a pest found across the Galaxy, that originated on a planet called Vodran. It likely arrived on the Death Star as a stowaway on a garbage ship removing trash from the Death Star. Their larva are apparently microscopic, and common enough to be considered a serious pest: Over many millennia, dianoga migrated from Vodran ...


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Lucas explains this on the Empire Strikes Back DVD commentary. Had Luke gone into the cave with no weapons, he would not have met Vader in there. It was a way to teach the person, by showing them what the Dark Side can bring from inside them. Yoda said that what is in there is "only what you take with you" - Luke takes his weapons, he's aggressive - ...


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David Prowse definitely did not have the right voice. He is from Bristol in the UK, and has a Bristolian accent, what would be described as in the UK as a 'west country accent'. To many ears this sounds a little parochial - most people would think this more the accent for a farmer than a galactic enforcer for the Emperor, however unfair that comparison might ...


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Yes, Luke tells her in The Return of the Jedi, on a footbridge in the Ewoks village. First, he tell her that Vader is his father: LEIA Luke, tell me. What's troubling you? LUKE Vader is here...now, on this moon. LEIA (alarmed) How do you know? LUKE I felt his presence. He's come for me. He can feel when I'm near. That's why I ...


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He is referring to the fact that he will become one with The Force - a technique only a handful of jedi have learned. As a 'spirit' he will continue to guide Luke, and thus become somewhat omniscient - subsequently becoming more powerful. You might say as an older man, he had become physically weak, but once bonded with the Force he becomes greater than ...


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In 1971, Stanley Kubrick cast him as Julian, the bodyguard of Mr. Alexander for A Clockwork Orange. And when such a great director casts you, it is a big thing. So for Star Wars, he did not even have an audition, George Lucas wanted him to have a role. David Prowse as Julian carrying Malcom McDowell in a Clockwork Orange David Prowse says: George ...


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She is not a Jedi because she hasn't received any training. There are hints of her Force powers in the movies. In The Empire Strikes Back, she senses Luke's distress and has Lando turn around to retrieve him from underneath Cloud City. Similarly, at the end of The Return of the Jedi, she can tell that Luke made it off the Death Star before it exploded. ...


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From the IMDB trivia page James Earl Jones supplied the voice of Darth Vader, but specifically requested that he not be credited. At the time, the reason he cited was that he felt he had not done enough work to get the billing, but he later admitted that he didn't want his name associated with the film because he was still an up-and-coming actor, and ...


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If I remember correctly, there was no particular plan to save the princess. They ended up on the death star because of a tractor beam when they came out of hyperspace. Their goal was to deliver the schematics to Alderaan which has been destroyed by the death star. When, after being dragged onto the death star, they discover that she is aboard and still ...


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I have always put this down to the fact that the story for episode three changed slightly between 1983 and 2005. In world explanation? Leia's ability with the force has been described as being more empathic allowing her to be a better diplomat. The complete line is "Just...images, really. Feelings." perhaps her early Force abilities helped her to hold onto ...


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The lightsabre is powered by a Diatium power cell: The diatium power cell was the primary power source for a lightsaber and one of the critical components of a lightsaber hilt. Located directly below and wired into the primary crystal mount, to which was affixed the weapon's primary focusing crystal, these types of power cells were in turn wrapped within ...


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As far as I know, there were no intended extra scenes for Aurra Sing. She was based on a sketch by the concept artist Doug Chiang who was designing female bounty hunters at the time, and was popular enough with GL to get one of his 'stamps' on the artwork and a live appearance. She turned out to be enigmatic enough to become a fan favorite, and prompted a ...


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In short, the mask controlled the pressurized atmosphere Vader required for his survival. It also provided the interface with the sensors (though, why the needles had to be in his face versus any other part of his body is a good question). It also effectively boosted his sensory perception (via external sensors) and corrected his vision which had been ...


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I believe he actually said, "Obi-Wan killed your father." I'll go find some proof. From Wikipedia: *In the original film, Skywalker is told by Obi-Wan Kenobi that his father, Anakin Skywalker, was betrayed and murdered by Kenobi's own apprentice, Darth Vader. However, in The Empire Strikes Back, Vader himself reveals that he is actually Anakin. According ...


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Based on the movies alone (from your comment about not wanting to include other Star Wars works) We are not given a great deal to go on apart from the fact that the Galactic Republic seems to have its power vested in a Senate of officials from planets in the Republic and special interest groups like the Trade Federation. This Senate then elected a ...


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I would like to just sum this up as the jumbled effect. Lucas basically wants as much action going on in his movies as humanly possible. Adding attention to items that we already know are there. This can be seen more vividly in Star Wars 1-3 where he adds more characters and objects to the set. A lot of inference is lost because of this. Instead of asking ...


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I don't know who chose him, probably a combination of the casting director and Lucas. David Prowse was tall and imposing and the movie sets that the character appears in were shot in the UK, and he is English. He did a series of short road-safety 'adverts' in the UK in the 70's - he was the "Green Cross Code Man" - where he had to wear a super-hero ...


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The Machete Order seems to be a great idea. It is a variation of the method @Nobby suggested, but it leaves out Episode I completely. So the order is: IV, V, II, III, VI The article is long but worth reading, it makes a lot of great points. A little extract on why Episode I is unnecessary: Episode I is a failure on every possible level. (...) ...


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There are parts of Dagobah that are "strong with the Dark Side." After Emperor Palpatine came into power and there was a purge of the Jedi, the few Jedi remaning alive hid, hoping to be able to do something more in the future. Because Yoda was a powerful Jedi, he hid near a source of darkness that would hide his presence so any Sith looking for him would ...


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From an interview with James Earl Jones (2008): Q: How come you didn’t take a credit for Darth Vader’s voiceover in the first “Star Wars”? The first two. You know the story, don’t you? When Linda Blair did the girl in “The Exorcist,” they hired Mercedes McCambridge to do the voice of the devil coming out of her. And there was controversy as ...


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A small but important note is the Yoda does not say to go in unarmed he says "Your weapons, you will not need them" Luke was still trusting to physical force and dominance which is a way to the dark side. Had he gone in there trusting the force (even if it had meant his life) then he would have passed the test. It shows how on a knife edge Luke actually ...


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George Lucas had the basic outlines for the prequels written, including many characters and settings, even as Return of the Jedi was wrapping. However, he lost his enthusiasm to continue the series in 1987 following a financially damaging divorce, and turned his attention to other endeavors - the culmination of which would be THX sound, Pixar, advancements ...


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I've always worked on the assumption that Leia didn't know she wasn't an Organa for real. She never knew she had a "real" mother because Breha was her mother. Breha also died while Leia was between 12-16. This is roughly 10-15 years before "New Hope"(my guess). Things happen, and that could be why her memories of her mother are fading. There is, however, ...


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I just re-watched the scene on the "Widescreen Limited Edition" version of A New Hope. This is the one that contained not only the re-mastered and Lucas-ized update done in 2006, but also a copy of the earlier print that was not restored. (And you can see a lot of clarity and picture stability issues in it.) In that print, Luke throws the line and hook, ...


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George Lucas says, in a recent interview with THR: "The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been ...


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Each Jedi uses a lightsaber that works for their own preferences. For instance, Asoka Tano (in The Clone Wars) handled a lightsaber differently than most Jedi. She originally used "a reverse Shien style grip." And later "she crafted a shoto" to use with it. (The "Shien" grip is holding the lightsaber so the blade is on the side of the hand with the ...


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I want to defend this approach to some degree. As presented in the (NSFW) review the idea seems kind of superficial, the interviewees can come up with a few descriptive adjectives for the characters from the original series and struggle to do so for the characters from the prequels. So what? I will suggest taking a slightly deeper approach: try to describe ...



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