In 1977, George Lucas and a group of young actors put together a little science fiction movie called Star Wars, and the world has not been the same since. The Star Wars franchise created by Lucas continues to this day with numerous feature films, animated series, a live-action television show, video games, comic books, and more.
Although a great deal of the creativity that went into the Star Wars franchise originated with Lucas, if it weren't for the actors and actresses playing his incredible characters on screen, the franchise wouldn't amount to much. Thousands of people have been involved in making Star Wars movies across the 40-plus years the franchise has been around, and there are tons of things you probably didn't know about the Star Wars cast members (including their knack for answering kids' questions).
Even the most fervent fans don't know everything about the cast of Star Wars, and this list aims to test that.
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Carrie Fisher And James Earl Jones Didn't Meet Until 2014
Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones have worked on five films together, but the two never met on set while working on Star Wars. On the one hand, that makes sense, because Jones's work was done in a sound booth while Fisher's was done on set, but it's still surprising. After all, they had been technically working together since 1977, but their actual meeting didn't come until 2014.
When they finally did meet, it was when the two appeared in the same episode of The Big Bang Theory. The series' showrunner, Steven Motaro, said at San Diego Comic-Con that despite the fact the two actors had never met, when Fisher saw Jones, she ran up to him with her arms raised out and called out, "Daddy!"34715Cool new fact?
Mark Hamill Has Paid A Great Deal Of Attention To His Fans
Screenwriter Ed Solomon shared a story about Mark Hamill on Twitter that has placed the actor in a new light. Solomon, who didn't know Hamill, called his agent on behalf of a friend's terminally ill son. He recalled, "Not knowing Mark, I called his agent and explained that this lovely boy watched Star Wars every day and wanted to meet NOT Mark Hamill, but, rather, the actual character that he played."
The young boy's mental state had degraded to the point where he wasn't able to tell fiction from reality, and he believed Luke Skywalker to be a real person. The agent called Hamill, and within 90 seconds, the actor called, asking for the address. He spent hours answering the boy's questions, but not as Mark Hamill; he went as Luke Skywalker, and played the character by the boy's bedside. The story went viral, and Hamill tweeted about the meeting:
There's no sweeter sound than a child laughing - I 've been so lucky - feel it's my duty 2 give back in any way I can - Much prefer visits 2 hospitals than talk-shows Heartbreaking but inspirational -makes my career seem trivial in comparison - Wish I could do more.
After the meeting and the responses on Twitter, Carrie Fisher readily agreed to talk to the boy as Leia, but he sadly deteriorated before she could meet him.2222Cool new fact?
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Back in 1977, Harrison Ford was paid only $10,000 for his work bringing Han Solo to life.
Even with inflation, $10,000 in '77 is only worth about $42,890 in 2020, so that's not a huge paycheck for someone starring in a feature film. He did, however, secure 0.5% of ticket sales, which netted him an impressive $1,948,495 on top of his $1,000 per week salary. He did better financially on the next two films, earning $100,000 for The Empire Strikes Back and $500,000 for Return of the Jedi.
When he returned to the franchise in 2015's The Force Awakens, Ford pulled in an impressive $20 million payday.19018Cool new fact?
Star Wars fans know well that James Earl Jones is the actor whose voice gave life to Darth Vader, but there's an interesting quirk to that credit on his filmography. His movies have raked in more than $5.3 billion, yet his eight highest-grossing film credits consist of movies where he never shows his face once: five Star Wars films, both Lion King movies, and Click.
Of course, that's not to say he hasn't appeared in on-camera roles over the course of his impressive career; he's been in many, but his highest-grossing roles - that was just his billion-dollar voice.16111Cool new fact?