The First Star Wars Almost Started A War
Tatooine is the home planet of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. It is a sparsely inhabited desert planet located in the galaxy’s Outer Rim Territories. The planet is scorched by two suns, Tatoo I and Tatoo II. This resulted to the planet lacking the necessary surface water to sustain a large population. Thus, the planet also had little surface vegetation.
To create the barren desert planet, the perfect setting was set in Tunisia, which shares a border with Libya which was ruled by dictator Muammar Gaddafi at that time. According to reports, the Tunisian government received threats from Gaddafi, warning that a war will happen if they didn’t remove a military vehicle from the Libyan border. The ‘military vehicle’ was actually a Jawa Sandcrawler, which Lucas agreed to move to avoid international incidents.