A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…


The Force has awoken * this week and today, let’s not talk about Yoda, Luke, Leia, Han, Anakin or Obi-Wan, let’s talk about R2D2. This small astromech droid has played a fundamental role throughout the Star Wars series since the beginning; in the (chronologically) first episode – simply titled Star Wars at the time, back in 1977, but later renamed Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – Leia entrusted * the Death Star blueprint to R2D2 and also recorded a holographic message for Obi-Wan. The said * message was discovered by Luke, who then started his quest, found Yoda and the Force that lay * within him.

But back to R2D2. Did you know that the name arose * when George Lucas was editing American Graffiti? One of his co-workers once asked him for ‘reel two, dialog two’, abbreviated ‘R2D2’. Apparently, Lucas wrote down the abbreviation and used it as the name of his droid.

But that’s not all. Did you know that in many Spanish-speaking countries, R2D2 was commonly known as Arturito (although if you say that to real fans, they might pull out their lightsaber and behead * you)? Do you get it? If not, read R2D2 out loud and imagine someone is saying it with a strong Spanish accent.

May the Force be with you.