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‘Star Wars’: A Busy Schedule Stopped ‘The Muppets’ Creator Jim Henson From Taking On a Classic Role

By now, just about every aspect of the Star Wars saga has been analyzed and broken down a million times over. After all, the George Lucas-created space opera changed cinema forever and continues to inspire new generations of fans, despite launching more than 40 years ago with the original 1977 film. But some fans might not know the connection between the Muppets and Star Wars, and how Jim Henson was the first choice for Yoda.

Frank Oz has played Yoda throughout the ‘Star Wars’ saga

Of course, Frank Oz – who originated such iconic Muppets as Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy – has long performed one of Star Wars‘ most popular characters. Beginning with 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, Oz has provided the voice of the diminutive Jedi Master known as Yoda. And he has done so for every one of the character’s big-screen appearances.

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