So I shared some facts about Episode 1, now it’s time for episode 2. This film I enjoyed a lot more than the first, so I found a lot more fun facts about Attack of the Clones…
- Samuel L Jackson said that the words “Bad mother-f*cker” are engraved on the hilt of his lightsaber!
- 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 shadow resembles Darth Vader. According to the DVD commentary, the Vader-like shadow you see, was not a special effect but a coincidence. SPOOKY!
- Due to audiences’ dislike to Jar Jar Binks, the working title of Episode 2 was “Jar Jar’s Big Adventure”.
- Although Count Dooku is the main villain and is mentioned in the opening crawl, he does not make his first appearance until 76 minutes into the film. (What has George Luca got against his villains?)
- Hayden Christianson got the part of Anakin, primarily because he and Natalie Portman “looked good together”. Well it sure wasn’t because of his acting abilities!
- The release year of this film also coincided with the 25th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: A New Hope
- Count Dooku, played by Christopher Lee, reveals that Qui-Gon Jinn, Liam Neeson, had been his apprentice. Christopher Lee died on June 7th 2015; Liam Neeson’s 63rd birthday. How sad is that!
- Boba Fett is 10 years old in this film.
- In the bar scene, Obi-Wan chops off Zem Wessell’s arm. This foreshadowed the cantina scene in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” which Obi-Wan chopped off Ponda Baba’s arm.
- Jar Jar Binks, standing in for Senator Amidala, puts forth the motion that gives Palpatine supreme powers. This means that Jar Jar, the most hated character in the Star Wars canon, is indirectly responsible for the fall of the Old Republic and the near-annihilation of the Jedi order.
- In the scene when Obi-Wan and Anakin enter the bar after the speeder chase Obi-Wan states that Anakin will be the death of him. This is a hint to Darth Vader (Anakin) killing Obi-Wan in A New Hope.
A bit more facts than Episode 1, but it was a better film to be fair. Hopefully you will have learnt something today. Obviously you know which episode is next…
*Darth Vador breathing in the background*