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1. SNACK ATTACK
George Lucas was inspired by a half-eaten hamburger (stuck with an olive) when dreaming up the famous Millennium Falcon.
2. LIGHTSABER SOUNDS
How they make the “whummm” sound: waving a microphone in front of a loudspeaker playing humming and buzzing noises.
3. WORLDS COLLIDING
Yoda and Miss Piggy exist in different galaxies but have more in common than you might think—the same voice actor, Frank Oz.
4. CASTING COULDA-BEEN
Han Solo’s character was originally imagined as a green fish monster with giant gills.
5. MAN’S BEST WOOKIEE
Everyone’s favorite Wookiee warrior, Chewbacca, was inspired by George Lucas’s own dog, Indiana.
6. JABBA JUICE
It took three puppeteers to operate Jabba the Hutt from the inside, which is pretty inkabunga. (That translates to “incredible” in Jabba’s native language, Huttese.)
7. “LUKE, I AM…”
Darth Vader’s distinct sound was created by amplifying James Earl Jones’s voice with a scuba regulator (a device that reduces air pressure so divers can go farther down).
8. MIND-BLOWING ROBOT FACT
There’s bilingual, trilingual, and when it comes to C-3PO, hex-mega-lingual (he speaks a cool six million languages).
9. BIG NAMES
George Lucas got the idea for R2-D2’s name when a coworker asked for “reel two, dialogue two” while editing another movie.