19 Great Facts About the Star Wars Prequels

There's a lot to love about the Star Wars prequels directed by George Lucas, but there's no point trying to convince the naysayers, so let's just get on with the trivia.

For those of you who love George Lucas' Star Wars backstory, here are some cool facts and bits of trivia that you might want to learn about the prequels!

    1. E.T. creatures made a cameo appearance in The Phantom Menace.
    2. The Millennium Falcon is can be seen landing on Coruscant in Revenge of the Sith – this was prior to Lando Calrissian or Han Solo owning it.
    3. Darth Maul has ten horns on his red head. While Ray Park is famous for playing the Sith Lord, Peter Serafinowicz actually voiced the character. Benicio del Toro was originally cast to play Darth Maul, but he abandoned the role after George Lucas decided to trim the character's screen time in the movie. The actor backed out after learning he wouldn't be seen very much. He then had a role as DJ in The Last Jedi.
    4. Hayden Christensen played Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith, as opposed to David Prowse who previously played the role. Hayden apparently begged Lucas to let him play him. The suit had to be designed to accommodate his stature, which is considerably smaller than Prowse's.
    5. The sound of the hovering battle tanks used by the battle droids in The Phantom Menace was created by running an electric razor around a metal salad bowl and then digitally lowering the pitch.
    6. In Attack of the Clones, Jar Jar Binks stands in for Senator Amidala and puts forth the motion that gives Palpatine supreme powers. This means that Jar Jar, one of the most universally hated characters in the Star Wars movies, is unwittingly responsible for the fall of the Old Republic and the downfall of the Jedi.
    7. Revenge of the Sith featured a lot of hands being cut off. Anakin loses one to Obi-Wan, Mace Windu loses one to Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi cuts two of General Grievous' hands off, and Dooku loses two to Anakin.
    8. The sound effect when Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber is kicked down the reactor shaft in the climactic battle with Darth Maul is the same sound effect heard when Luke Skywalker throws his lightsaber away in Return of the Jedi. You know, when he tells the Emperor that he is a Jedi, like his father before him.
    9. George Lucas made his first and only Star Wars cameo in Revenge of the Sith. He dressed as a Pantoran senator, Baron Papanoida. You might not have recognized him as he was all dressed up in blue body paint. His daughter also cameoed with him at the same time. This is perhaps to mirror his rhyming (ring theory) throughout the movies as Return of the Jedi director Richard Marquand made a cameo in Return of the Jedi.
    10. When Anakin is slaughtering the Tusken Raider in Attack of the Clones, Qui-Gon's voice can be heard in the background yelling “Anakin! Anakin!” This is no accident as Qui-Gon Jinn's Force ghost was trying to stop Anakin's rage but clearly failed.
    11. Every clone trooper in Revenge of the Sith is a creation of CGI. No clone costumes or helmets were even manufactured for filming.
    12. The shipping title of The Phantom Menace was “The Doll House.” Attack of the Clones was “Cue Ball” and Revenge of the Sith was “The Bridge.”
    13. The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars movie to be released on DVD and, despite “fan hate,” it was a massive seller and continues to be a hugely popular film with the generation that were kids when it came out.
    14. When Jango Fett gets into his ship after his fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi in Attack of the Clones, he bangs his head on the open door frame. This was intentional and is a reference to a famous goof from the original A New Hope movie when a cloned Stormtrooper accidentally bangs his head on a door (the clone being the descendant of Jango Fett and having inherited this character trait).
    15. “Phantom Menace” was the name of a villain in the Flash Gordon comics. This shouldn't surprise too many people as George Lucas has often cited Flash Gordon as one of his many inspirations for making the original Star Wars.
    16. Revenge of the Sith was the first Star Wars movie that didn't feature R2-D2 in the final shot. Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story have since followed suit.
    17. In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin slices off Count Dooku's hands. Look clearly once Dooku is dead and you can see them lying on the floor.
    18. Before General Grevious speaks with Darth Sidious, he coughs so he is not seen to be weak in front of him.
    19. In The Phantom Menace, Keira Knightley – then a fairly unknown actress aged 14 – played Queen Amidala's decoy Sabe. To keep the ruse going for viewers who had not figured it out, Natalie Portman recorded Sabe's parts as well.

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