Like much of the Star Wars franchise, the costumes and props that are worn by the characters often gain instant popularity amongst the fans. While there are endless hats present in all of the films and shows in the universe, some have stood out.
Here are 5 intriguing facts about the insane hats from Star Wars.
- Luke Skywalker sported a beige bucket hat in a deleted scene.
- Darth Vader’s iconic helmet was originally going to be a scarf.
- The voice actor who plays Embo in The Clone Wars loves to wear hats in real life.
- The voice actor who played Watto in Episode 1 and 2 had to wear a real metal hat on set.
- The hats worn by the Imperial Army are called kepis.
This article will go into each of these facts, exploring some of the story behind each of them. Keep reading to find out more about these fascinating facts!
1. Luke Skywalker sported a beige bucket hat in a deleted scene
A deleted scene has become a favorite amongst Star Wars super fans. It goes like this: In the middle of the desert, Skywalker wears a beige wrap shirt, accessorized with a bucket hat of the same color. On top of the hat, black-rimmed goggles rest, while Luke looks through binoculars. The scene has become so popular amongst the fandom that even action figures have been made to honor it!
2. Darth Vader’s iconic helmet was originally going to be a scarf
We can’t talk about Star Wars hats without mentioning Darth Vader’s almighty helmet – as far as costumes go, we can’t think of many more iconic than this. As it is necessary for his entire storyline and very survival, it is nearly impossible to imagine the universe without this “hat,” but George Lucas tried. Apparently, the initial concept for Vader’s wardrobe was a scarf. In the end, he seems to have made the right choice.
3. The voice actor who plays Embo in The Clone Wars loves to wear hats in real life
Dave Filoni, the voice actor who plays Embo in The Clone Wars, is a hat aficionado in real life. Due to the character’s large, trademark hat, this association has become a joke between fans of the show. Filoni’s personal style leans towards classic Western hats, while Embo’s futuristic accessory is slightly more… “modern.”
4. The voice actor who played Watto in Episode 1 and 2 had to wear a real metal hat on set.
Watto’s hat is well known in the Star Wars universe. The thin, rounded and shallow metal-looking hat has a great story behind it. Andy Secombe, the voice actor who plays Watto, recalls receiving a large, uncomfortable hat (complete with a metal rim!) from George Lucas before filming the scene. The purpose of the prop was to ensure that everybody else knew who Secombe was playing; because Watto was entirely animated, the actor wasn’t wearing any other costume pieces, and was on set for spatial reference.
5. The hats worn by the Imperial Army are called kepis.
The hats worn by the Imperial Army are called kepis. Unlike a lot of hat styles in the Star Wars franchise, these hats exist in the real world, and are actually a very popular military style. It is important to note, however, that the Imperial kepi is in fact slightly pointier than the traditional style would be – kepis in real life tend to have far flatter tops and straighter peaks.