10 Origins Of Star Wars Props You Won't Believe

9. Most Of The Drink Dispensers At The Mos Eisley Cantina Came From Rolls-Royce Engines

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One of the best scenes in the original Star Wars takes place at the Mos Eisley Cantina. The main focus is placed on all the strange aliens who make up the cantina's clientele. As such, most fans only took a passing notice of the various props spread throughout the bar.

The drink dispensers are actually pretty fascinating once you learn what went into making them. Most of the piping and metal tubes you see are nothing more than painted and chrome-plated PVC pipes of various sizes, but the larger cylinders came straight out of old Rolls-Royce jet engines.

Legendary Academy Award-winning set decorator Roger Christian, the man who gave Star Wars its signature look, explained that most of the bar items were cobbled together from a scrapyard because there wasn't enough time to fabricate items in the normal process. Most of the parts were stripped of anything sticking into or out of them, and what was left was chrome-plated.

The specific components that went into those hanging drink dispenser was part of the combustion assembly from a Rolly-Royce Derwent jet engine. Interestingly, those parts would be reused to create an iconic character who first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back...


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