I was pretty sure these guys were doing some of the worst Star Wars cosplay ever but this crew of garbage bag loving friends have managed to take things up (or down) a level with their brand of Star Wars costume play:
It’s the stuff of legend that several movie studios passed up the chance to take part in the production of the first Star Wars before Fox took a punt which paid off handsomely. Here’s some excerpts from two internal memos from United Artists and Universal which perhaps lead to the initial rejections.
One can only imagine how the actual people who passed over Star Wars felt a few weeks after its cinematic release!
United Artists Rejected rejected Lucas – here’s there internal advice from the West Coast Office Memorandum Date: October 13, 1975
To: Mike Medavoy
From: Marcia Nasatir
– here’s there Screenplay is a cross between a phantasmagoric Walt Disney cartoon and an exciting, juvenile FLASH GORDON adventure story. It is a fantasy world that has obviously been well thought out by its creator George Lucas. The production design at the screenplay’s end is impressive and imaginative. There is no doubt that visually the film could be quite extraordinary, and expensive. The screenplay is very straightforward in its action.
But there is no metaphysical message that 2001 contained, no salvation offered for the youths of today in the future. THE STAR WARS is a space action film for the entire family. It is a director’s film. If Lucas makes it properly exciting and fantastic, keeping you on the edge of your seat so that the adventures completely engulf you, then he will have a hit. But if the simple story and heroics sag in any way you are going to have a costly bomb on your hands. Because I do not see how this picture can be inexpensively made. Essentially, there are no starring roles for important action. Word of mouth and the property itself will have to sell it. The decision has to be if you have enough faith in the director making an expensive family adventure film. I would not go with the project.
There seems to be too much cost involved for this kind of juvenile story. But the director obviously knows what he wants, and may be able to bring it off. While so much is visual, my imagination was not really jolted or stimulated as the amusing, energetic heroics unfolded.
So there was a lot of recognition of the potential but some justified fear about cost but no committment.
Universal's internal memo was similar
To my mind, we’re really rolling dice with this kind of a project, but I think the concept here (at least in terms of what has been done so far with the genre), is rather exciting, and combined with the potential action inherent in the piece, it seems to me an attractive possibility in many ways.
On the other hand, a great deal of this screenplay (above the special effects and make-up problems) is going to be very difficult to translate visually. I’m thinking particularly in terms of our robot "heroes", Threepio and Artoo.
And even if all visuals and special effects work perfectly, the story could be ultimately no more than an interesting exercise if the audience doesn’t completely understand the rights and wrongs involved, and just as important, have absolute empathy with young Luke Starkiller. And it is in these areas I believe the script still needs work. Action and adventure abounds. We still need more from the characters.
Bottom line: If the movie works, we might have a wonderful, humorous and exciting adventure-fantasy, an artistic and very commercial venture. Most of what we need is here. The question, in the end, is how much faith we have in Mr Lucas’s ability to pull it all off.
So each script review liked some elements but felt it was risky. Thank goodness for Alan Ladd eh?
Luke Skywalker always took his bath time very seriously...
Here's some random as nuggets of triva and facts about the Star Wars movies. As the legend and lore of Lucas's world grows, these factoids become even more awesome!
In a New Hope, Leia was kept captive on the Death Star in cell number 2187. This was a deliberate choice as 2187 is the year that the Lucas directed film THX 1138, was set.
In Jedi, listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force.
The Bantha milk drank by Luke and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in A New Hope is blue!
Anakin Skywalker really is the ‘Chosen one’. While Yoda and Obi Wan may have thought a mistake had been made in the reading of the prophecy, Anakin was the one who actually killed Sith Lord Palpatine by throwing him down the Death Star’s reactor shaft in Jedi and thus restored balance to the Force.
Harrison Ford famously was never intended to be Han Solo, he was just hanging around after American Graffitti and was helping other actors read their lines as Lucas was in the casting process. Eventually Lucas wised up and realised Harrison already had the part down cold.
Carrie Fisher appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This movie was a weird Kevin Smith homage to Star Wars and featured an appearance by Fisher as a nun and Mark Hamill as a parody of himself. Carrie's cameo was the one that got the laughs....
A lot of people forget this but Fisher appeared in the classic movie When Harry met Sally. She was the 'friend' of Sally who ended up marrying Harry’s best friend.
Carrie Fisher wrote an actual bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge and screenplay for the film based on her writing. The book was about her drug addiction and her relationship with her mother. Fisher has managed to parlay her writing talent with a few turns at playing script doctor for a few Hollywood movies, most notable Dustin Hoffman's Outbreak. Her appearance in Scream 3
Yoda’s species has never been mentioned. In official records he is simply an ‘unknown species’.
For the prequel film Attack of the Clones, Yoda was performed by Frank Oz. The next two prequels featured a CGI Yoda and the DVD release of Clones saw a CGI version replace the puppet.
While many think Yoda had Darth Sidious beaten in his famous duel in Revenge of the Sith, it was actually Mace Windu, a former student of Yoda who firmly beat the Sith Lord (of course Anakin came in and ruined it all..)
The original drafts for Star Wars show that the Skywalker family was actually called Starkiller. Indeed the drafts featured a General Starkiller and didn’t focus on the young moisture farmer from Tatooine.
During Revenge of the Sith Bail Organa and Yoda step into the hallway of Organa's ship and have a nice coversation about becoming rebels or something. It's the same ship that Darth Vader boards to capture Princess Leia Organa in the start of A New Hope.
Carrie Fisher had to stand on a box for most of her scenes with Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars films because she is a foot shorter than him. This was done so the actors would look better in the frame shot together.
Master Yoda is 66 cm tall. As a comparison, R2D2 stands taller at 96 cm!
In the very short lived T.V. show Firefly, a model version of Han Solo frozen in carbonite can be seen in many places - the props department would move it around as a running gag. Presumably this was kind of like how Superman appeared in every episode of Seinfeld.
Princess Leia never actually gets to 'meet' Obi Wan Kenobi. She sees him from afar when she's escaping the Death Star and Obi Wan is about to let Darth Vader kill him but that's it. Unless you count Obi Wan being present for her birth in Revenge of the Sith...
Harrison is the only actor to have appeared in films directed by all three of these directors: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola
Everyone assumes Luke only appeared in the three original Star Wars films. Think about if for a moment and you’ll realise Skywalker appears a baby at the end of Revenge of the Sith following Padme Amidala giving birth to him and Leia at the medical facility on Poliss Massa.
In A New Hope, Darth Vader has only 12 minutes of screen time! Talk about screen presence.