It’s time for another episode of Mid-Week Movie Quotes! This week’s quotes are out of this universe…meaning all the quotes come from the 1977 movie Star Wars. Do you know which Star Wars character said this line? “Use the Force Luke!” That’s one of the quotes in this week’s episode.
Star Wars was written and directed by George Lucas. In 1977 Star Wars was initially released to only 50 theaters. Not long after it was released in theaters, Star Wars became a blockbuster hit. At the time, the visual effects were groundbreaking and Star Wars became the highest grossing film of all time until it was surpassed by E.T in 1982. This movie was the first of three in the original Star Wars trilogy. In 1981 when the movie was re-released in theaters, it was re-titled Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.
In this episode I will give you five quotes and you’ll have to guess which character said each one. That may be easy but after I give you the answers, I’ll give you some facts about each of the actors who said these memorable lines. This week you’ll find out what the inspiration was for the Princess Leia bun hairstyle. You’ll find out which actor was banned from attending Star Wars conventions and which actor ignored fan mail from Star Wars fans.
After you listen to the episode, come back here and below you can hear each line used in the movie. I’ll label them by quote number so there are no pre-listening spoilers.
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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.
Midweek Movie Quotes – Star Wars Movie Quotes
Debi Jenkins 0:04
Hey there Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins your host. It’s time for another episode of Midweek Movie Quotes. This week’s quotes are out of this universe… Meaning all the quotes come from the 1977 Movie Star Wars. Star Wars was written and directed by George Lucas. In 1977 Star Wars was initially released to only 50 theaters. Not long after it was released in theaters, Star Wars became a blockbuster hit. At the time, the visual effects were groundbreaking and Star Wars became the highest grossing film of all time, until it was surpassed by E.T. in 1982. This movie was the first of three in the original Star Wars trilogy. In 1981. When the movie was re-released in theaters, it was retitled Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. Well, are you ready to see if you know who said the quotes in this week’s episode? Here’s how this episode of Trivia Rewind will work. I’ll give you five quotes and you’ll have to guess which Star Wars character said each one. After I give you the answers. I’ll give you some fun facts.
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Here’s quote one. “Help me Obi Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”
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Quote two. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
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Quote three. “I have a very bad feeling about this.”
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Quote four. “Don’t everybody thank me at once.”
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And quote five. “Use the force Luke.”
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Those were our five quotes. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Quote one. “Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” This quote was said by Princess Leia, played by actress Carrie Fisher. A lot of actresses tried out for this role but Carrie Fisher was selected. In a Huffington Post article, Fisher said she was asked to lose 10 pounds to be in the movie. She said at the time she only weighed 105 pounds. That would mean she needed to get down to 95 pounds. Something she said she was unable to do. Have you ever wondered where the idea for Princess Leia hair buns came from? It wasn’t a film hairstylist that came up with the idea, it was actually George Lucas. He was inspired by Mexican history when deciding Leia’s hairstyle. Mexican revolutionary women to be exact. Carrie Fisher was just 19 years old when she auditioned for Star Wars. Her parents were well known. Her mom was Debbie Reynolds and her dad was Eddie Fisher. Carrie Fisher was a vocal advocate for mental health care and lobbied for more mental illness funding. She suffered from bipolar disorder and fought drug addiction for decades. Carrie Fisher died in 2016 at the age of 60. She was on board a flight to Los Angeles when she suffered a major heart attack just 15 minutes before landing. A medic performed CPR until the plane landed and paramedics arrived. After arriving at the hospital, she was placed on a ventilator and died four days later. Sleep apnea played a role in her death according to the coroner. In a 2017 full coroner report, it was noted that she had cocaine in her system at the time of her death. Traces of heroin and other opiates were also found in her system. In a Today article, her daughter said “she was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.” (meaning her drug addiction and mental illness) She also said “I know my mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles, seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs.” Even in death, the actress made sure to give people a laugh. Her ashes now rest inside a giant Prozac pill urn. In a Hollywood Reporter article her brother Todd said “it was a porcelain antique Prozac pill from the 50s that was one of Carrie’s prized possessions.” Sadly, the day after her death her mother Debbie Reynolds had a stroke and died. Imagine the heartache for that family. After Carrie Fisher’s death, archival footage was used so she could appear in the 2017 movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the 2019 movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
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Quote two. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” The character that said this was Darth Vader. James Earl Jones provided the voice for Darth Vader and British actor David Prowse was the man inside the costume. James Earl Jones was not credited for his role in this movie. It wasn’t until a 1997 special edition re-release of the movie that Jones was credited for being the voice of Darth Vader. George Lucas initially considered having Orson Welles do the voice of Darth Vader, but decided his voice would be too recognizable. So where does the Darth Vader name come from? Nowhere special Really. In a Rolling Stone magazine article, George Lucas is quoted as saying, “Darth is a variation of dark and Vader is a variation of father. So it’s basically dark father.” In 2015 David Prowse, the actor that played the physical form of Darth Vader, he starred in a documentary called I am your father. Supposedly George Lucas and David Prowse did not get along. In 2010 Prowse was banned from attending any Star Wars conventions. Lucas said Prowse had burned too many bridges. There were a few incidents where Prowse felt slighted. First, they didn’t like his voice, so they chose James Earl Jones to provide the voice of his character. At the end of the Return of the Jedi Prowse says he was told that when Darth Vader’s mask was removed, people would see his face. Instead, the actor Sebastian Shaw’s face was used. In the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader lightsaber fight scenes it wasn’t Prowse doing the fighting. He was replaced by Olympic fencer and fight choreographer Bob Anderson. That was because Prowse was not a good swordsman. Then he said that he didn’t receive a share of the profits for Return of the Jedi, which he said his contract included. So add all those things up and put George Lucas in the mix and you can see how there was some tension between the two. Darth Vader was a commercial success for Lucasfilm. He was their most profitable character. When I googled Darth Vader products, you wouldn’t believe the things you can buy that have to do with Darth Vader. I saw a Darth Vader fireplace, a toaster, a coffee machine. Someone dreams up the idea and people will buy it.
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Quote three. “I have a very bad feeling about this.” This quote is from Luke Skywalker, played by actor Mark Hamill. Luke Skywalker was the first character to say this line. Other characters have said the line or a line very similar. If you want to know who else has said it. After the episode, you can visit our website where you’ll find a link to other times this line has been used in Star Wars movies. Early on in Mark Hamill’s career he had a recurring role on the soap opera General Hospital. In the pilot episode of The 70’s series Eight is Enough, Hamill played the role of David Bradford, the oldest son in the family. After the pilot episode, another actor replaced him. It was the Luke Skywalker role in Star Wars that made Mark Hamill a teen idol. In addition to all his acting roles, Hamill has quite the list of voice acting roles. Did you know that in the 2019 Child’s Play remake, Hamill was the voice of Chucky? In the 1992 Batman: The Animated Series, Hamill was the voice of the Joker. No person has held the Joker role longer than Mark Hamill. He received critical acclaim for that voice role. Here’s something you may not have known about Mark Hamill. He has an interest in science. In 2017 he became an affiliate member of the Royal Academy of Chemistry.
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Quote four. “Don’t everybody thank me at once.” Well the person that said this was Han Solo. Actor Harrison Ford played that role. His Star Wars role brought him worldwide fame as well as his role as Indiana Jones. Not only was Harrison Ford’s character Han Solo a pilot, piloting the Millennium Falcon, Ford himself is a licensed pilot. He was 53 when he received his pilot’s license. In 2004, Ford became the chairman of the Young Eagles, a program that is part of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He replaced General Chuck Yeager, the first pilot that broke the sound barrier. In 2009 the person that took Ford’s place was famed pilot Captain Chelsea “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot that landed his US Airways jet safely in the Hudson River. Harrison Ford also flies helicopters and once rescued a stranded hiker in his home state of Wyoming. In Flying Magazine’s list of 51 Heroes of Aviation, they list Harrison Ford at number 48 and call him an advocate for the aviation community. So have you ever noticed the scar on Harrison Ford’s chin? He received that in a car accident after his car hit a telephone pole. That scar is even worked into two of his movie roles, one of which being in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where a whip on the chin gives him a scar.
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And quote five. “Use the Force Luke.” This line was said by the aging Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi played by British actor Sir Alec Guinness. Why the sir? That’s because he was knighted in 1959 by Queen Elizabeth. Interestingly enough in one early draft of the Star Wars script, it had the Obi-Wan Kenobi character portrayed as an old geezer who became wiser over time. In a Time magazine article it mentions that Alec Guinness wasn’t thrilled with that so he mentioned to George Lucas that it would be better if Kenobi be wise the whole time. George Lucas agreed. In a Cancer Today magazine article, it says that Guinness called the Star Wars script, “fairy tale rubbish” but said the movie’s sense of moral good appealed to him, and it didn’t hurt that the studio doubled their initial salary offer. The Star Wars role wasn’t something Guinness was proud of. In his book titled Positively Final Appearance, he says that he ignored Star Wars fan mail. He says, “I have no intention of revisiting any galaxy. I shrivel inside each time it’s mentioned.” From the book Alex Guinness, the Authorised Biography it mentions him writing to longtime friend Anne Kaufman during the filming of the movie and told her he wasn’t enjoying the film. In the year 2000, Sir Alec Guinness died of cancer. He had both prostate and liver cancer. Thank you to everybody that made Star Wars such a memorable movie.
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And with that, we close out this Midweek Movie quotes episode of Trivia Rewind. I hope you had fun and learned something new about Star Wars. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. And visit us online at triviarewind.com, where you’ll find links to our Instagram and Twitter pages. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.
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