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Alongside some incredible concept art, a recent imgur post also shared a series of not-so-well-known behind the scenes photos from the set of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Here are some of the best shots! You can check out the full gallery here.

Ewan McGregor and George Lucas watch as Senator Palpatine, played by the incredible Ian McDiarmid, who actually did not take on the role of the Emperor until Return of the Jedi. Before him, Elaine Baker (wife of Star Wars makeup FX artist Rick Baker) played the ominous hologram of the emperor in Empire Strikes Back.

Peter Mayhew, the man behind the mighty Chewbacca, sits here on set between takes - recently, the actor was hospitalized with pneumonia, but like the mighty Wookie, he's expected to make a full recovery. Get well soon, Mr. Mayhew!

Darth Vader's iconic mask is fitted on to Hayden Christensen, who delivered one of the worst reactions to spousal death ever in this particular scene.

In between takes, an exhausted McGregor and Christensen take a break from the rather demanding action of Revenge of the Sith.

For all of it's CGI abuse, the grand-scale sets of Revenge of the Sith were truly impressive. It's always interesting to see how advanced and articulate the architecture of that galaxy far, far away was before it was destroyed by the war leading up to A New Hope.

A close-up of Anakin Skywalker in his cockpit, ready for battle. Side note: writing 'cockpit' when looking at Christensen from this angle feels dirty.

A full team preps Natalie Portman for Padme Amidala Nabierre's funeral scene, which featured a final look at her family. This served as our only real look at the House of Nabierre, as they ended up being cut from Attack of the Clones.

Scale models were still alive and kickin' when it came to the prequels, however covered in CGI they ended up being.

Much like he will for [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158), actor Anthony Daniels returned to play the sassy and irritable protocol droid, C-3PO. Threepio made the rounds when it came to ownership within the saga, belonging to Anakin, Padme, Obi-Wan, Shmi Skywalker, and Bail Organa all before the events of A New Hope.

Even the Emperor needs hangover shades. Clad in cool wayfarers, the not-so-secret Sith takes a break on set.

This gorgeous photo by Vanity Fair could easily take place in Padme's throne room, with the hard-working crew being replaced by her handmaidens - and Anakin, to her right, admiring her awesomeness.

We never got a very good look ar the burn scars that Anakin suffered, so here's the toasty, meaty, pulpy and gross close-up of the incredible make-up work done on Hayden Christensen for this pivotal scene.

Well, not everyone can be an IRL battle droid. Here, Ewan McGregor gears up for an action sequence against a couple of very threatening mocap actors.

As another day on set wraps, Lucas and the crew sit back and enjoy a nice, blaster-less end to their day.


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