Star Wars is in a rare position in cinema history. Among the most successful film franchises ever made, the saga — which has achieved a new lease on life thanks to the 2012 acquisition by Disney — has changed the way movies are made and the way in which audiences perceive them. It’s also launched countless iconic characters into the pop cultural stratosphere and continues to inspire generations with its adventurous tales set in a “galaxy far, far away.”
However, for all the millions of fans who turned out to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and later, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), there is still a lot about the saga that audiences may not know.
With nearly 40 years of history and a presence that stretches across virtually every form of media, there’s a lot of Star Wars material out there. So much, in fact, that it’s impossible to soak all of it up. That’s why we’re going to review some of the most memorable behind-the-scenes facts about the Star Wars saga. For the record, we’re looking solely at the eight live-action films that have been released, as TV series like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels deserve their own list later down the line.
1. ‘No, I am your father.’
Sure, by now everyone knows about the game-changing plot twist that turned the Star Wars saga into a family affair. However, the unforgettable line delivered by Darth Vader is often misquoted as “Luke, I am your father.” The scene itself was kept secret from nearly everyone involved in the film, with alternate lines subbed in for the real thing. The actual revelation proved to be such a shock to viewers, especially children, that George Lucas decided to add in the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi scene in which Yoda confirms the truth for Luke and the audience.