It’s May 4th, and that means all things Star Wars.
Here are four fun facts:
1. Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) influenced George Lucas in the creation of Star Wars. Interested? You can read more about it.
2. Did Han shoot first? I actually didn’t know this controversial change was a debated topic for quite a while. In the original Star Wars movie, Greedo didn’t take a first, clear shot at Han in the Mos Eisley cantina, like he does in later versions. Here’s a clip of the original:
3. There was an early TV short, The Star Wars Holiday Special, released in 1978. I was more interested in this as an oddity than for its story-telling. Large portions of the dialogue are in the untranslated Wookiee language, making the plot limited for us English-speaking viewers.
4. The first Star Wars movie earned $215 million in the United States and $337 million overseas during its original theatrical release.*
May the fourth, and the force, be with you!