1. This movie marked the first and only appearance of the Rebel A-Wing Fighter. The stripes on their wings were supposed to be blue, and thus, the A-Wings would have been part of "Blue Squadron," but the blue wings were problematic when filming against a blue screen. The stripes were changed to red, and the squadron name was changed to "Green." 2. The scenes involving Jabba the Hutt's sail barge were shot near Yuma, Arizona, right in the middle of a rally of 35,000 dune buggy enthusiasts. Although the shoots were protected by a chain-link fence perimeter and around-the-clock security, some dune-buggy junkies managed to sneak in and snap some photos. 3. There is a persistent rumor that the Ewoks were something of a rearranging of the word "Wookie." This is somewhat bolstered by the fact that the indigenous tribe of Endor was supposed to be Wookies originally. 4. The names of the creatures and henchmen in Jabba's palace had names like Bib Fortuna and Weequay. But three in particular come to mind. The names of three of Jabba's thugs were Klaatu, Barada, and Nikto. These were taken from the line in "The Day the Earth Still," a 1951 sci-fi flick. These characters had no lines and their names were not spoken during the movie at all, but when their action figures were released, their names became known, though few knew the reference. These words would achieve their greatest fame 10 years later as the lines misspoken by Bruce Campbell in "Army of Darkness." 5. The strange language spoken by the Ewoks was real. Some of the lines come from the native Phillippino language, which caught some audience members off guard when the movie debuted in the Philippines. Most of the rest of the Ewoks' lines were spoken in the Kalmuck language, which is used by various nomad tribes in Central China. It is not known how many people who spoke that language ever saw the movie, though. Also of note is Nien Numb, Lando Calrissian's co-pilot in the Millenium Falcon during the attack on the Death Star. His race is Sullustan, his homeworld being referenced in the movie in a line by Darth Vader ("What of the reports of the Rebel fleet massing near Sullust?"). The language that he speaks, which Lando apparently understands perfectly, is actually Haya, a Kenyan dialect. The lines were spoken by a Kenyan student studying in the US, and the lines are exactly what the character is supposed to be saying, such as "The shield is still up!" and "Maybe they're jamming us!" When the movie debuted in Kenya, audiences were thrilled and amazed that not only was their language featured in a blockbuster American movie, but was grammatically precise and in proper context. 6. And Ewok named Paploo was played by stuntman Tony Cox, as in the Ewok who steals an Imperial Speeder Bike and takes off, hanging only by his hands. Tony Cox has since become easily recognizable. In addition to being a hard-working midget actor, he has also become one of the hardest-working character actors out there. He played the nun-chuck-wielding limo driver who smacks Jim Carrey in the knees in "Me, Myself, and Irene." He also played Billy Bob Thornton's partner in crime in "Bad Santa." He parodied Will Smith's "Hitch" in "Date Movie," got beaten up by Keenan Ivory Wayans in "I'm gonna git you Sucka," and has had numerous TV roles in "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," "Rescue Me," and "Frasier." In "I'm gonna git you Sucka," as Cox is getting pummeled, he is next to another midget actor, Phil Fondacaro. He has appeared in "Land of the Dead," "The Polar Express," and too many other movies to count. "I'm gonna git you Sucka" was not the first time Fondacaro and Cox worked together. You guessed it. He also played an Ewok in "Return of the Jedi." 7. The growls of Jabba the Hutt's pet Rancor were taken from a wiener dog. 8. The actress who played Mon Mothma (the older woman who briefed the Rebel pilots and commandos before the assault on Endor and the Death Star) had to re-record her lines. Her microphone had picked up the sounds of pigeons nesting in the rafters of the set's ceiling. 9. To make them sound more ominous and menacing, Darth Vader's footsteps were recorded in an underground tunnel near the Golden Gate Bridge. 10. The first two Star Wars movies showed Obi-Wan and Luke using blue light sabers, while Darth Vader used a red one, leading fans to assume (correctly) that blue was the standard light saber of the Jedi, while the Sith always used red ones. Luke was indeed supposed to have a blue light saber in "Return of the Jedi." But his scenes on Tatooine were shot in bright sunlight, and a blue light saber didn't show up well against the clear sky (if you look, in the first two movies a light saber was never used in broad daylight), so the color was changed to green. To maintain this diversity of light sabers, the next trilogy showed many Jedi using green light sabers (especially Qui-Gon Jin) and Mace Windu using a purple one. But in fact, all Jedi light sabers were supposed to be blue. 11. During the scene in which Salacious Crumb, Jabba's annoying, laughing little pet, ripped C-3PO's eye out, Anthony Daniels, who played C-3PO, had a panic attack. 12. When Denis Lawson played Commander Wedge Antilles in this move, he became the only minor character to be in all three movies. As stated before, his role was small but his significance was tremendous in the first two movies, and Wedge developed a devoted fan base. George Lucas gave his fans what they wanted by once again giving Wedge a significant part in winning the day. He was promoted to command of Red Squadron, delivered one of the fatal shots that destroyed the Death Star, and finally got his due: in the final scenes, where the principal characters are celebrating on Endor, Wedge is allowed to share in the joy. He is seen shaking hands with Chewbacca, and although this is never mentioned in the movies, the two became friends during the series, according to their character bios. In the added scenes of the re-released "Return of the Jedi" in 1997, Wedge gets a little more screen time, going so far as to shake hands with Han Solo, and hug Luke upon meeting him on Endor. This shouldn't be surprising, as the two were practically best friends, and according to their bios, Luke's friendship with Wedge was almost as great as it ever was with Han Solo. After all, Luke and Wedge were fellow fighter pilots and had served together in some of the greatest battles of the Rebellion. To further placate his fans, Wedge became one of the most important and exalted characters in the novels and video games that would follow. In Hollywood this this day, a "Wedge-type character" is used to describe a character in any movie who has little backstory and little connection to the main characters who nonetheless plays a significant part and accomplishes great things, yet is overshadowed by more prominent characters. 13. Upon being spoken in this movie, the line "I've got a bad feeling about this," was spoken in all three films of the series. It would later be spoken in all movies in the next trilogy. 14. At the end of the movie, grand celebrations of the fall of the Galactic Empire were supposed to take place on the capital planet of the Empire, but the scenes were never shot. All because Lucas couldn't come up with a suitable name for the planet in question. In 1991, author Timothy Zahn wrote a Star Wars spin-off book called "Heir to the Empire," and went ahead and named the planet 'Coruscant.' Rather than being aggravated at his pretension, Lucas loved it. In the 1997 re-release, the end of the movie came with the victory celebration on Coruscant, complete with a statue of the Emperor being pulled down, as well as celebrations in Mos Eisley on Tatootine, and Cloud City. When the DVD was released later, another celebratory scene was filmed, taking place on Naboo. The odd part? Lucas got his scene on Coruscant, but the name of the planet was still not mentioned in the trilogy. It was named in various novels and games, but was not spoken in a Star Wars movie until "The Phantom Menace." 15. The name of Emperor Palpatine was supposed to be Palatine, from the movie "Taxi Driver." The name was changed to avoid any legal problems, but the Emperor's name was still never spoken in the movie. 16. George Lucas considered shooting a scene in which Boba Fett escapes from the mouth of the Sarlaac Pit, but decided against it, since Boba Fett's fate had nothing to do with the storyline. Huge numbers of novels and so on have made the fact that Boba Fett survived the Sarlaac almost common knowledge. 17. Unsurprisingly, many shots of Princess Leia in her now-legendary "Slave Costume" had to be reshot because of what we would now call "wardrobe malfunctions." 18. Harrison Ford tried to persuade Lucas to have Han Solo die heroically to save his friends and the Rebel Alliance, but Lucas decided against it. He thought die-hard fans of the show would not take kindly to one of their favorite characters being killed. Once it was decided that Han would live to see the end of the war, that the movie could end with scenes of Han and Leia's wedding. This idea was scrapped. It was decided that the only dignified way to end the movie was with the characters celebrating on Endor.