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George Lucas Originally Wanted No Part Of Frank Oz’s Yoda Voice

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A genius, George Lucas isn’t always. Star Wars is one of the world’s most popular film franchises ever, but in the years since the first film’s release, the man behind the movies has repeatedly proven that the series became a massive hit often in spite of his wishes, rather than because of them. While this may not be the most super-secret declaration we’ve ever talked about on GFR, it’s worth discussing that Lucas originally rejected Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda, which is arguably one of the most iconic aspects of the franchise. It takes a bit of talent to pull off a Christopher Walken impression, but everybody knows how to sound like Yoda. Listen to Oz describe Lucas’ hesitance in the clip below.

As Oz puts it, Lucas wasn’t a fan of his vocal interpretation of the character in the beginning, and we might never have known the character’s throaty voice had Lucas stuck to his guns. (Or blasters in this case.) After initially rejecting Oz’s audition tape, Lucas went on and interviewed other voice actors for the part while The Empire Strikes Back was in post-production. Thinking he had no shot at the film, Oz was presumably surprised when Lucas contacted while on vacation and asked if he’d go out to the Empire set in Hawaii and record the vocal tracks.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Rumor Has An Iconic Villain Making His Return

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Star WarsRumors about Star Wars: Episode VII have been flying fast and furious, ranging from plot details to how the new canon is going to take shape in the long run and everything in between. Lately there has been a lot of attention paid to who the villains may be. There is an old familiar face in the mix, as well as some new-jack upstarts, but now yet another report has surfaced about a surprising evildoer who could return to action.

There are potential major SPOIILERS beyond this point, that fact should be obvious.

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Star Wars Plans To Redefine Longform Storytelling Moving Forward

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Star WarsDespite being 16 months away, and still in the middle of production, Star Wars: Episode VII is always going to be a hot topic of conversation. The very fact that they’re making new movies is cause for excitement, though our enthusiasm is cautious at this point, we’ve been burned too many times. We hope that J.J. Abrams and the crew at the Disney-owned Lucasfilm will not only make a good movie, but also reinvigorate the franchise, and some new information floating around indicates that they have a plan for the canon moving forward that aims to do just that.

Though many of us have a deep love of Star Wars, that love has been tested. Between George Lucas going back and tweaking the original films (and not for the better) and the prequels, not to mention the rampant over merchandising, it’s not always as easy as it used to be to unequivocally love Star Wars. Like many things, as we get older, the situation gets much more complex. You can say, “I love Star Wars,” and mean it, but then there are a bunch of caveats. In an article over at Badass Digest, Devin Farci (a guy roughly my age, with a similar history with the franchise), wrote a nice essay about this topic, but at the same time, he also reveals some information he’s gathered from sources that should give you hope and get you stoked about that far, far away galaxy once again.

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Star Wars Rebels Drops Three New TV Spots And A Zeb Character Short

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In reality, we’re not all that far away from seeing a new addition to the Star Wars universe. It’s not J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, which is what we’re most excited about, but the animated series Star Wars Rebels is set to premiere this October, and from what we’ve seen, it’s looking better and better all the time. We know that the show is going to have a huge impact on larger expanded universe, and to give you a taste of that, Disney and Lucasfilm have released three new TV spots and another new character short.

This first video gives you the basic set up for the series. Set in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels shows the Galactic Empire tightening its grip over the various worlds of the galaxy. When the Empire comes to the planet Lothal, crushing the spirit of the locals, some dare to fight back, and the seeds of what will eventually become the Rebel Alliance are sown.

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Firefly, Ghostbusters, And More Get Kid-ified In Art That Will Make You Go Dawwwww

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Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the few true box office saviors this summer, so have having raked in $425 million worldwide so far. While moviegoers might be getting weary of seeing superhero origin stories, Guardians’ tale of how Star-Lord, Rocket, and the rest became a team was so damn charming and funny that it’s almost impossible to dislike. But what if they’d met and decided to guard the galaxy much earlier in their lives? Say, when they were all still knee-high to a Kree? It might look something like this.

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Star Wars: Episode VII: Adam Driver Talks About His Experience On Set

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Adam DriverFor an actor, it probably feels pretty damn good to get a part, any part, but especially one in a big movie. If it’s a good, meaty role, or important to the story, that’s even better. But then there are those once in a lifetime roles, the pinnacle, the top of the top that, if you land one of those, it’s like a holy shit moment in your life. And for a lot of people, Star Wars epitomizes that. With new films on the way, it’s time for a generation of actors who have never lived in a world without Star Wars to join the franchise. One of those actors is Adam Driver, and he recently spoke about the experience.

Driver has built a solid resume in films like Frances Ha, the Coen Brother’s Inside Llewyn Davis, and even Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, but he is best known for his role on HBO’s Girls. If we’re being honest, he’s probably garnered more public attention for his part in the rumors leading up to being cast in J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII than any of his actual work.