11 Facts About Count Dooku, the Jedi Who Became a Sith Called Darth Tyranus

Every Star Wars movie needs a bad guy and Attack of the Clones saw the introduction of Count Dooku – a Jedi Master who fell to the dark side of the Force and became Darth Tyranus. Played by the legendary actor Christopher Lee, the character was a key player in the Clone Wars.

Here are some facts and trivia about Count Dooku's place in and effect on the Star Wars universe.

  • Although Count Dooku is the main villain and is mentioned in the opening crawl of Attack of the Clones he does not actually make his first appearance until 76 minutes into the movie.
  • Before Anakin Skywalker beheaded Dooku in the opening act of Revenge of the Sith, he cut off his arms, making him the fifth person to lose an arm in the franchise. This is in terms of the order of the movies coming out. If you go in chronological order he was the third after Zam Wessel and Anakin. It was a nice revenge for Anakin too.
  • Christopher Lee played Dracula opposite A New Hope's Peter Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing in a few movies.
  • While Count Dooku had taken his vow of being a Sith Lord and was so named Darth Tyranus, the novelization of Attack of the Clones sheds some light on the plan he and Darth Sidious had been enacting. The two of them had intended to turn Anakin to the Dark Side to get and get him to lead a Sith Army. However, when Anakin had overpowered him and was urged to kill him by Sidious, Tyranus realized Palpatine had never truly intended for him to be his apprentice but had merely been using him as a means to engineer the war and as a placeholder for his true intended apprentice, Anakin.
  • When he was a Jedi, Dooku's first padawan was The Phantom Menace's Qui-Gon Jinn.
  • Actor Christopher Lee said of his character: “He's very aloof, very self-contained, obviously completely fearless. He is extremely intelligent, perhaps more so than almost anyone else. He's obviously a man of immense power. I don't suppose that the question of moral values enters into his head. He's not immoral — he's amoral. Morality is a word that doesn't figure in his vocabulary at all. It's power. Which is something that exists very much in our world today.”
  • Dooku was at one time during the scriptwriting process considered to be a female Sith. The rejected concepts for this idea were eventually channeled into the development of Asajj Ventress, who appeared regularly in the animated Clone Wars show.
  • Count Dooku only speaks a total of four lines in Revenge of the Sith. Word on the street is that a line was cut from the movie whereby Dooku admitted to Anakin that Tusken Raiders who kidnapped Anakin's mother, Shmi Skywalker, were paid to do so by Count Dooku. Dooku had done this on orders from his master, Darth Sidious. The idea was to stir up Anakin's emotional state. Clearly, that worked.
  • Due to Lee's age when filming his role, Kyle Rowling portrayed Dooku during most of the character's lightsaber sequences, Rowling's head was digitally replaced with Lee's during post-production work.
  • Christopher Lee appears in the animated Clone Wars movie, doing the voice of his character.
  • The scene in Attack of the Clones where Count Dooku visits his prisoner Obi-Wan Kenobi and tries in vain to recruit him to his side was not in the original shooting script. This scene was filmed during reshoots and was designed to deceive the film viewer into thinking that Dooku may not be an evil character after all. Other scenes had been filmed that showed a trial for our captured heroes where Dooku's allegiances were firmly established.
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