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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Star Wars” (1977)

At the time George Lucas was holding auditions for his film, director Brian DePalma was also holding auditions for the horror film “Carrie”. A few actors who auditioned for one film, may have gotten a role in the other. There was a rumor, later disproved by actress Carrie Fisher, that Sissy Spacek was originally cast as Princess Leia, and Carrie Fisher as Carrie.

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A notable example is actor William Katt, who auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker with Kurt Russell as Han Solo. Katt later got a role in “Carrie” as Tommy.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: 5 reasons why “Rogue One” is one of the best Star Wars films.

1. The Rebellion.

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While the original trilogy paints the Rebellion against the Empire in a more romanticized way, this film does not shy away from the violence and bitterness of war. It shows how the Rebellion has effected those involved and also how the Empire’s existence has affected everybody else. It is in essence, a World War II movie that happens to take place in outer space.

2. No Jedi.

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A questionable reason. But without the Jedi, it essentially lessens the spirituality of this particular story. It makes it less of a story of the rise of a hero, and more about a mission. It becomes a movie with a more complex plot. Essentially, it removes the fantasy factor to a degree.

3. The Force.

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The Force is presented as more of a religion in this film, mostly because none of the main characters presented are Force-sensitive like the Jedi or the Sith are. It makes the Force itself seem like more of a sentient being and less of a magical superpower. And in doing so, makes us as audience members, better understand the Force in a way not presented in any previous movies.

4. A better prequel.

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One could make the argument that this is a more of prequel than the prequel trilogy. While episodes 1, 2, and 3 take place decades before the originals, this film shows us more familiar characters and situations all too similar.

5. A familiar era.

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By taking place just before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, it revisits the Star Wars universe that most grown ups today are very familiar with. In revisiting this era, we can not only experience again the thrills of the original, but we can also see how to expand it. In ways the prequel trilogy just couldn’t do.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)

When does the series take place?
In 2004, a short comic story called “Into the Great Unknown” revealed that the millennium falcon fell into a wormhole and crashed on an unknown planet (Earth) sending it to another galaxy but not another time. About 150 years later, Indiana Jones discovers it’s ruins and a local legend of Bigfoot, revealed to be a still alive Chewbacca.
Even though the explanation is non canon and shouldn’t really be counted as part of Star Wars mythology, this would place Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope around the time of the American Revolution.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” (1979)

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In this film, Jesus Christ is played by British actor Kenneth Colley……….

Who also played the villain Admiral Piett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Star Wars”

The actor who plays Wedge Antilles is Denis Lawson. Lawson is the uncle of actor, Ewan McGregor. Who plays Obi-Wan in the prequels.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back”

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The scene revealing Darth Vader’s identity was kept a total secret by the cast and crew with only a handful of people knowing the truth. They did this by putting a false page in the script. According to actor Mark Hamill, Vader’s line in the false page read as “You don’t know the truth. Obi-Wan killed your father.”