Discussion in 'Fortean Culture' started by Anonymous, Mar 18, 2002.
Does he have dice in the original trilogy..?
I have to admit, I'm not excited for this one. But I'll go see it anyway.
Yes. You can see them in one scene.
You beat me to it (although I can't remember noticing them before either sherbertbizzare) .. and ..
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The dice play a part in the most recent movie.
Anyway....they aren't called dice. They're chance cubes in Star Wars. Do keep up.
Just checked a personal theory, and Harrison Ford doesn't have fuzzy dice hanging from his rear-view mirror in American Graffiti, it's actually a rubber skull. I thought, given George's fondness for self-reference, he might have put the dice in the Falcon as a reference to the earlier film. I suppose, in a way, it still could be.
Anyway, the presence of the dice, sorry - "chance cubes", has been known since the first one came out. It's always on those "you might not have noticed" lists. I don't know when they became how he won the Millennium Falcon, certainly any reference to winning it from Lando wasn't until Empire, but the general idea might have already been out there,
Unfortunately, you can't trust Lucas on any of this, since he just claims he planned it that way all along, never mind the whole almost incest thing, and "from a certain point of view". Probably just have to go with whatever Wookieepedia says.
That's more that just a theory:
...the golden dice date all the way back to A New Hope, when they were added by set director Roger Christian.
In his autobiography, Cinema Alchemist: Designing Star Wars and Alien, Christian explained that the dice were an homage to Harrison Ford and George Lucas' American Graffiti, and symbolised Han being "of reckless chance and a gambler".
Yeah, but they weren't dice in American Graffiti. I checked. It was a rubber skull. A proper homage would have been some kind of alien skull.
Now, if it had been something like an Alien Xenomorph skull in the Falcon, that would have been a cool homage. And prescient, since Alien didn't come out until 2 years after Star Wars.
This leaked picture from the production of Episode 9
They were a tribute to the film, not to Harrison Ford's car in the film. The dice featured in the character Toad's '58 Chevy Impala. And, as stated before, the set designer thought they also reflected Han's gambling nature.
Toad's Chevy Impala restored with dice ..
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