· Actors auditioning for the part of Anakin included Ryan Phillippe, Paul Walker I, and Colin Hanks.
· Australian actress Claudia Karvan was cast as Amidala's (Natalie Portman) sister and shot a scene involving the whole family, but the scene was cut.
· Like Ewan McGregor in The Phantom Menace, Hayden Christensen made "lightsaber noises" the first time he was handed one in rehearsal. After chuckling at the young star's antics, George Lucas informed him that they probably had people in Sound Effects who could do a better job in post production.
· The Tatooine garage in which Luke cleaned the droids in Star Wars (1977) was rebuilt for this movie, but not completely: while the foreground and background were complete sets in the original film, only the foreground was rebuilt for Episode II; the background is digital.
· This was the first film to have an On-Location film shown once a week to document the shooting process. After the success of this feature, other films adopted the same process.
· Shoot onto Digital Video using a new 24 frame High Definition Progressive scan camera, developed by Sony and Panavision Inc. The cameras worked flawlessly even in temperatures of 125 degrees (F)
· Was shot on exactly the same stages as Moulin Rouge! (2001) , also starring Ewan McGregor.
· C-3PO was originally to have made his first appearance still in skeletal form.. In post-production, Lucas decided to have C-3PO be complete throughout the film.
· Liam Neeson was to make an appearance in this film as a spirit just as Sir Alec Guinness had done in Episodes V & VI, but injuries sustained in motorcycle accident in early 2000 prevented him from working. Instead his voice can be heard in Yoda's thoughts right after Anakin kills the tribe of Tuskin Raiders.
· This is the first Star Wars film in which the camera tilts up after the opening text scroll. In all the other Star Wars films, the camera tilts down after the opening text.
· Instead of creating a new C-3PO suit for the film, the designers repainted and "aged" one used in the original trilogy.
· There is no mystical significance in the color of Mace Windu's lightsaber. Samuel L. Jackson, after a jokey conversation with stunt coordinator Nick Gillard, asked Lucas if he could have a purple lightsaber and Lucas agreed. In an interview on UK TV, Jackson said he "thought it would be cool".
· This is the first "Star Wars" film in which Yoda (Frank Oz) is entirely computer-generated. Oz was only required on the set to help the actors with the voice of Yoda.
· Rumors that Darth Sidious' next apprentice will be named Darth Kimball, possibly played by Rufus Sewell are false.
· When Anakin and Obi-Wan pursue Padmé's wannabe Assassin into the bar at Coruscant there's the Video Game "StarWars – Episode 1 : Pod Racers" running on the very left of the vidscreens.
· At a recent conference during the Megacon 2002 in Orlando,Florida, Kenny Baker I said that he will be most definitely be returning to play R2-D2 for Episode III.
· The Clone Wars were mentioned by Princess Leia during her recorded speech to Obi Wan Kenobi via R2-D2 in Star Wars (1977).
· According to visual-effects supervisor John Knoll, a big cow-like creature that Anakin and Padmé frolic around in the fields with, can be seen in the asteroid belt that Obi-Wan flies through. One asteroid has legs.
· Samuel L. Jackson is reported to have "B.M.F." engraved into the handle of his lightsaber. B.M.F. is short for "Bad Mother Fucker" and was written on Jules' (Samuel L. Jackson) wallet in Pulp Fiction (1994).
· When Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin (Hayden Christensen) enter the bar on Coruscant to search for the assassin known as ´Zam Wesell´(Leanna Walsman), several actors from the Star Wars movies (whose faces are not seen due to costumes make-up or CGI) can be spotted, including Ahmed Best (voice of Jar Jar Binks) whom Anakin touches on the shoulder and Anthony Daniels (C-3P0).
· C-3PO's line "It appears he has a message from an Obi-Wan Kenobi. Master Anakin, do you know what he's talking about?" is a homage to his line in Star Wars: A New Hope about the message from Princess Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi.
· The final shot of Padmé and Anakin looking out on the lake in Naboo with R2-D2 and C-3PO to their right is a reproduction of the final shot of The Empire Strikes Back (1980), where Luke and Leia are looking out into space from the ship with R2-D2 and C-3PO to their right.
· Anakin Skywalker says the line "I have a bad feeling about this" while tied up in the arena. This line is also in episode I, IV, V & VI.
· When Anakin and Padmé's ship land on Naboo, a ship resembling the Millennium Falcon can be seen on the landing platform.
· Just before Anakin goes to search for his mother on Tatooine, he has a conversation with Senator Amidala. The camera pans to their shadows as they talk, and Anakin's resembles that of Darth Vader.
· Obi-Wan says to Anakin " Why do I have the feeling you'll be the death of me?" In Star Wars (1977), Obi-Wan is killed by Anakin/Darth Vader.
· The yellow speeder that Anakin and Obi-Wan use while chasing Zam Wesell, appears to be inspired by the yellow '32 Ford coupe from Lucas' American Graffiti (1973)
· George Lucas' daughter Katie appears as a dancer in the nightclub scene. George Lucas' son Jet appears as a young Jedi in the Jedi Archive scene with Obi Wan Kenobi and the librarian.
· After his fight with Obi-Wan, Jango Fett bumps his head on the door as he's boarding his ship. A stormtrooper also bumps his head on a door in the Death Star in Star Wars (1977).
· During the Coruscant chase scene, x-wings can be seen chasing tie fighters in the "streets" far below.
· When Anakin awakens from his nightmare on Naboo and meditates on the balcony at dawn, a yin and yang symbol shaped cloud in the sunrise.
· The chain that holds Count Dooku's cloak around his neck is similar to the chain on Darth Vader's cloak.
· SPOILER: Anakin looses his right lower arm. Luke looses his right hand in The Empire Strikes Back. Darth Vader looses his right hand in Return Of The Jedi.
· Every film in the series begins with a ship going somewhere. This movie opens with the queen's ship going to Coruscant.
· Every movie in the series closes with a scene with no dialogue. This movie ends with a ceremony with the main characters looking at one another, then out over the lake.
· In the final battle nearly 90% of the music heard is temp-tracked from John Williams' score of The Phantom Menace. The music originally written for the battle between the clones and the droids was not used, but can in parts be heard on the Soundtrack. The Bonus Track 'On The Conveyor Belt' on the Special-Edition-Soundtrack was meant to be heard in the scenes around the droid factory, but also didn't make the final cut.
· While Anakin is killing the Tusken Raiders, you can hear Darth Vader's breathing in the background.
· Despite Animation Director Rob Coleman's pleas to the contrary, not a single clone trooper suit was ever built. Every single clone trooper seen in the film is computer generated, with motion capture performed by Industrial Light & Magic(ILM) employees.
· Count Dooku is also known as Darth Tyrannus.
· The troopers have color coding on their armor. This is an indication of rank. Yellow markings are worn by Commanders, Red markings are worn by Captains, Blue markings are worn by Lieutenants, and Green markings are worn by Sergeants.
· There is a purpose for the sails on Count Dooku’s ship. They are solar sails. NASA has been experimenting with this idea for decades. It’s a concept based on real science. The idea is that the solar wind energy from a star could be caught by large sails to push a spacecraft through interstellar space.
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