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George Lucas Originally Wanted A ‘Looney Tunes’ Short To Run Before ‘Star Wars’

Mark Hamill — aka Luke Skywalker — confirmed a surprising bit of “Star Wars” trivia on Twitter on Monday: The series’ famous creator, George Lucas, wanted a “Looney Tunes” short to play before the first film.

Specifically, Lucas wanted the Warner Bros. short “Duck Dodgers in the 24th-and-a-Half Century,” a clip of which can be seen below, to accompany theatrical showings of the first Star Wars movie, now known by its subtitle “A New Hope,” which came out in 1977.

Starring Daffy Duck as a space hero, Porky Pig as his sidekick and Marvin the Martian as the antagonist, the seven-minute cartoon was originally released in 1953 and directed by animation legend Chuck Jones. 

Hamill confirmed this obscure factoid after…

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