The ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated sev­enth in­stall­ment in the epic sci-fi saga Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens is on gen­eral release in cine­mas this week­end - so put some bat­ter­ies in your light sabre, dust off your best Yoda im­pres­sion and check out Mar­ion McMullen's

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

1 Is the force with you?

New film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awak­ens opens in UK cine­mas to­day (De­cem­ber 17). Over­whelm­ing de­mand for ad­vance tick­ets crashed web­sites across the world and peo­ple queued overnight in Sin­ga­pore to be the first to buy tick­ets.

2 Can you speak up?

Darth Vader’s me­nac­ing rasp­ing sound was made by breath­ing through scuba div­ing gear and his sin­is­ter black ar­mour in­cluded 10 pro­tec­tive lay­ers. His face mask and hel­met were in­spired in part by Ja­panese Sa­mu­rai head­dress. The lan­guage of the Jawas was cre­ated by elec­tron­i­cally speed­ing up Zulu words and phrases. The word Jedi comes from the Ja­panese words Jidia Geki, which means pe­riod ad­ven­ture drama.

3 Who was comfy in space?

Vet­eran Bri­tish ac­tor Peter Cush­ing, who played Grand Moff Tarkin in the orig­i­nal 1977 movie, of­ten wore slip­pers dur­ing film­ing be­cause the boots for his char­ac­ter hurt his feet. He was usu­ally filmed above the waist only.

4 Who are the big­gest Star Wars ac­tors?

chew­bacca ac­tor Peter May­hew stands 7ft 3ins tall while David Prowse, who played Star Wars vil­lain Darth Vader, is 6ft 6ins.

5 Do I know you?

Vader only ap­pears on screen for 12 min­utes in the first movie and David Prowse has never met Amer­i­can ac­tor James Earl Jones, who pro­vided Vader’s dis­tinc­tive voice.

6 Where was out of this world?

The scenes on Luke’s Sky­walker’s home planet of Ta­tooine were filmed on lo­ca­tion in Tu­nisia and at Death Val­ley Na­tional Park in Cal­i­for­nia. Part of the Death Star, cantina and space­ships were built on nine sound stages in the UK at El­stree.

7 Was it child’s play?

Star Wars changed movie mer­chan­dis­ing for­ever. Cre­ator Ge­orge Lu­cas ac­cepted a lower salary in ex­change for com­plete mer­chan­dis­ing rights and ended up making a for­tune. Ac­tion fig­ures, T-shirts, posters and toys be­came best­sellers. An orig­i­nal vinyl cap Jawa fig­ure in the orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing can now fetch up to $18,000.

8 Was it a win­ner?

Star Wars was the first sci-fi movie to be nom­i­nated for the Best Pic­ture Os­car. It ended up win­ning six Os­cars in cat­e­gories such as Best Orig­i­nal Mu­sic Score and Best Edit­ing. It took Ge­orge Lu­cas a year to write the script and Steven Spiel­berg pre­dicted it would a mas­sive hit... even though film bosses were du­bi­ous about the ap­peal of the movie.

9 Are you look­ing at me?

Car­rie Fisher took lessons to learn how to look like an ex­pert when it came to fir­ing a blaster in the ac­tion se­quences in Star Wars in­volv­ing Princess Leia. The same per­son who taught Robert De Niro how to shoot a gun in the movie Taxi Driver helped to train her.

10 You’ve got to hand it to them?

Most Im­pe­rial stormtroop­ers are left-handed. The weapons they were armed with had a mag­a­zine on the left side and it hit them in the chest if they tried to carry them in the right hands. Many switched their grip around to the left.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.