“This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”
We’ve all done it. Christmas Paper roll. Dowel rod. Flash light, Toys. Since 1977, many of us have pretended to be the master of this ancient Jedi weapon, waving it around in the air and making those familiar hum and whoosh sounds with our mouths. I admit it, I still do it to this day. Something about it fascinates us.
Does it remind us of the swashbuckling days of Errol Flynn? The of swordfencing duels of Europe and Japan? Or chivalry of the Knights of Middle Ages? Nevertheless, the fascination of wielding a sword brings out a sense of power…a sense of nobility (not to mention it looks really cool).
Funny little fact: Ewan McGregor (who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars Prequels) struggled with the issue of making the sounds while filming The Phantom Menace. It’s been told that he was so into his scenes with his lightsaber that he was actually making the noises with his mouth while cameras were rolling. These were spotted and corrected in post production, but there are scenes in the film where McGregor is making lightsaber noises with his mouth but the sound is muted out.
Lightsabers exist in many shapes and forms. Depending on the type and shape of it’s crystal, a lightsaber may glow in a range of colors (although most are typically blue, green, and red; purple, white, and yellow are rare).
For more information about lightsabers and their origins, be sure to check out Wikipedia.
Recently, I saw a trailer for a show produced by ESPN called Star Wars: The Evolution of the Lightsaber. It appears to highlight the origins as well as behind-the-scenes footage to chronicle the history of this weapon. “Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel” will air on ESPN Dec. 15 at 7pm, so mark your calendars. Also, it’s narrated by Mark Hamill! *squeee*
p.s. if you are confused as to why ESPN, just remember…ESPN is owned by Disney.