Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones was the second film in the prequel trilogy. While Episode I was commercially successful and revitalized the saga, it was Episode II that would forever ensnare Star Wars fans, bringing the details of the infamous war to the forefront and showing just what kind of galaxy existed before the Empire. Set ten years after The Phantom Menace, Episode II was released in 2002.
Just like the rest of the series, this film has some great trivia
The film, as with all of the Star Wars saga, this movie has some pretty interesting trivia surrounding its creation and lore. Today, we’re tackling our second article in the series about Things You Didn’t Know about Star Wars Episode II.
Punch the button to light speed and let’s get to the trivia!
Did you know that when Obi-Wan Kenobi hides in the asteroid field to evade detection from Jango Fett, that George Lucas added this scene as a way to pay homage to Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, citing that this is where Boba Fett learned the trick when he used the same tactic to track the Millennium Falcon
Hayden Christensen, the actor who played Anakin Skywalker, took a page from Ewan McGregor’s book as he made lightsaber noises during principle filming. Another interesting lightsaber fact involves this actor’s lightsaber. Usually, during casting, Lucas would allow the actor to design their lightsaber. Hayden was the only actor who didn’t get to choose his design, as he had to stick with the same design of lightsaber that Obi-Wan Kenobi gives Luke during the events of Episode IV: A New Hope.
In line with filming traditions, this is the only film out of the entire series where the camera pans upward after the screen text crawl. In every other film, the camera always pans downward after the text is shown.
Since the title of the film is Attack of the Clones, one would assume that the Clone Troopers wouldn’t be hard to portray, similar to Storm Troopers right? Well, there wasn’t a single piece of Clone Trooper armor made: every single trooper is a CGI creation by Industrial Lights and Magic.
Ewan McGregor, the actor who portrays Obi-Wan Kenobi, had begun his role in Black Hawk Down after the film had been made. This role required him to be clean shaven and sport a buzz cut. This was all find and dandy until there were new scenes added with Obi-Wan Kenobi during post production. To try and remedy his lack of hair, McGregor was given a hairpiece and a fake beard. The only problem was that these personal effects were easy to spot out during the added scenes. The ones in questions are: the elevator dialogue between Anakin and Obi-Wan, the dialogue in the club between Obi-Wan and Anakin, the interrogation of Obi-Wan by Dooku, and the discussion between Kenobi, Mace Windu, and Yoda.
When Jango Fett is retreating into the cockpit of Slave I after fighting Obi-Wan Kenobi, he bangs his head on the partially open door. This was a kick back to the early days of Star Wars, as there is a Storm Trooper in A New Hope that does this as well, but by accident.
One of the intense scenes that seems to bring the Dark Side out in Anakin is one where his mother dies after being kidnapped by Tusken Raiders. According to the previous canon of Star Wars, Count Dooku had arranged for Shmi Skywalker to be kidnapped on behest of Darth Sidious. This shows just how deep the machinations of the Sith truly went during the prequel era.
Speaking of Count Dooku, actor Christopher Lee had a small model of Yoda that helped him keep on point during their lightsaber fight. However, this model had been altered to play a joke on the actor. Yoda had been given small fangs, which was meant to poke fun at Lee’s performance in the 1958 film Horror of Dracula.
This is also the first Star Wars film in the series in which Yoda was completely rendered in CGI. In all the other films, Yoda was played as a puppet. The team had tried to bring Yoda to CG life in the previous episode, but Lucas hadn’t felt that the technology was ready at that point. It wasn’t until the team brought a scene to Lucas of Yoda explaining the Force to Luke from The Empire Strikes Back, that he gave the go ahead to begin rendering Yoda.
Finally, it is rumored that Samuel L. Jackson had the words, “Bad mother-f*cker” engraved on the hilt of his lightsaber. I couldn’t see anyone else having this, as it is certainly fitting.
That’s it my friends for Things You Didn’t Know about Star Wars Episode II. To catch some more interesting facts and bits of trivia, keep your archive memory set in here at Follower for the latest in Star Wars news, lore, and entertainment.