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Things You Didn't Know About The 'Star Wars' Cast

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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.

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 Didn't Meet Until 2014
    Photo: The Big Bang Theory / CBS

    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!"

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    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. 

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  • Harrison Ford Made $10,000 For Playing Han Solo In The Original Film
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    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.

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  • Anthony Daniels Is The Only Actor To Appear In Every Skywalker Film
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    Plenty of characters have appeared in every Star Wars movie in the Skywalker Saga, but the actors playing those characters are another story. Multiple people have controlled or been placed inside R2-D2, and different actors have portrayed characters like Chewbacca and Darth Vader. 

    Still, even though another actor could have played C-3PO in any of the appearances, Anthony Daniels was the one and only person to take the job. C-3PO has appeared in every episode of the Skywalker Saga, and so too has Daniels, who told Vulture, "There was no way I was going to just do the voice. C-3PO is an integration - look at the light on that tree!" He filled out the suit and gave life to the character he's played for more than 40 years.

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