The Actors

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It wasn’t just the effects that made the original Star Wars extraordinary, however. When I think of the film, I’m reminded of legendary USA hockey coach Herb Brooks. In building the 1980 gold medal-winning team, Brooks said “I’m not looking for the best players. I’m looking for the right ones.” He found a winning combination, just like George Lucas did with the casting of little-known actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

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Star Wars would not be the film it is without the amazing chemistry shared among those actors. Likewise, the franchise would not be what is today without Luke, Leia and Han.