Revenge of the Sith – Fun Facts

Before The Force Awakens, Revenge of the Sith was the most anticipated StarWars movie. It was going to explain a lot of unanswered questions. Although, when I was younger, I never expected nor wanted to know what happened before A New Hope. I didn’t think I needed to know, it was part of what made the original trilogy so great. Fans could create their own stories of what happend, they could go deep into their fantasies and imagine their own characters, lightsaber battles and planets.

But George Lucas chose to make his version, and like the rest of the Star Wars fan base, I couldn’t wait to see the new trilogy. So, lets continue the fun and here’s some very interesting facts about Episode 3…

• A 10 year old Han Solo was going to appear as an orphan being raised by Chewbacca. (Kina glad this didn’t happen because no one would have believed Han Solo was raised by Chewbacca!)

• The images of the volcanic eruption on Mustafar was real footage of Mount Etna in Italy, which was erupting at the time of production.

• Actors Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen trained for two months in fencing and fitness in preparation for their fight sequences.

• The subtitle “Revenge of the Sith” is a play on the working subtitle for Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), “Revenge of the Jedi”. For episode VI, that title was abandoned because George Lucas determined that revenge was not a suitable attitude for a Jedi. Since this film, however, is about the triumph of the Sith, “revenge” is entirely appropriate.

• Every clone trooper in the film is a CGI. Not a single clone costume or helmet was created.

• Apart from providing the voice of R2D2 and the heavy breathing of Darth Vader, which he has done since Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Ben Burtt provided the voices for every Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid and Buzz Droid in Revenge of the Sith.

• All shots of C-3PO had the entire green screen set reflecting in his shiny gold armor, so digital effects artists in post-production had to digitally repaint C-3PO’s armor frame by frame to remove any traces of the set.

• The opening shot of the film lasts 76 seconds after the disappearance of the opening crawl, the longest of any Star Wars film.

• The final “Star Wars” film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox, which permanently holds the rights to the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and hands over rights to the prequel trilogy and the final two installments of the original trilogy to Walt Disney Studios after May 2020, due to the Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012.

• This is the only Star Wars movie that did not receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

• This film more or less backs up Leia’s claim in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi(1983) that she vaguely remembers her biological mother Padme. Though her face is not seen before Padme dies she is seen with her eyes wide open when she is adopted by Bail Organa and his wife implying Leia did see her mother’s face. Luke’s claim he has no memories of their mother is also supported as his eyes were closed after he was born and was seen fast asleep when Kenobi hands him over to Beru Larrs at the end of the film.

There were LOADS of facts about Revenge of the Sith, but I just picked the interesting ones. There was a lot of technical facts, but if you want to read all 167 click here. I always use IMDB, it’s the best film/TV fact site EVER!

But be prepared because the original trilogy is next, and they are my FAVs, so they are going to be full of “love”, “fab”, “fav”, “OMG”, just thought I’d warn you!

Jamie

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