It's hard to believe that it was only a few days ago that Revenge of the Sith had its 10th anniversary. It's crazy to think that it was 10 years ago that the Star Wars saga supposedly ended (of course we know better with Episode Vll coming). While it wasn't a pleasing movie for everybody, the fact still stands that Revenge of the Sith completed the story of Anakin Skywalker, which is something that does compliment Episodes lV, V, and Vl.
Anyway, since it has been a whole decade since the saga received its George Lucas ending, I believe that it would be fun to talk about 10 crazy facts that are centered around Revenge of the Sith.
#1 – Count Dooku speaks only four lines in the whole film
Actually, I would have liked him to have maybe two or three extra lines so that he wasn't just an excuse for Anakin to step closer to the dark side. Also, this is Christopher Lee we're talking about! He should always have more lines!
#2 – In order to make the film a little less dark, the first scene of Anakin and Padme at Padme's Coruscant apartment was added – long after principal photography
Just saying, the resulting film was dark enough for my taste. Just imagining this scene taken away would just make the movie less enjoyable. Also, it could have impacted Disney's decision to purchase the rights to Star Wars (possibly, since the other movies weren't as dark).
#3 – The uncut version of the film (that wasn't released) had a running time of 4 hours
See Elrond's reaction? Even with the extended edition of The Return of the King being over 4 hours long, a Star Wars movie being that long is a little too much. In fact, the first part of the Revenge of the Sith (the space-battle and the Chancellor's rescue) was going to be over 1 whole hour! Seriously, I would get more story in one hour of a Lord of the Rings film than that! (Thank goodness that the final cut was reduced to only 2 hours and 20 minutes!)
#4 – Some of the shots of Luke and Leia were animatronic puppets operated by Ewan McGregor, which the cast nicknamed "Foamy-Wan Kenobis"
While they had me fooled since I thought that the babies were real the entire time, I do find it funny that Ewan McGregor operated the animatronics for them, since I would figure that George Lucas would hire someone to do them. In fact, I think he would have... if he kept Yoda as a muppet and decided to use Yoda's puppet operator for the job!
#5 – The youngling Jedi that rushes from the Jedi Temple towards Bail Organa's speeder during the the Execution of Order 66, is played by George Lucas' son, Jett Lucas
That's right! That kid over there. The one slicing and dicing the clone troopers is the son of the one who created Star Wars. It is interesting though, that George Lucas killed off his own son in the movie.
#6 – The camera shots of the volcanic eruptions on Mustafar were actual footage of Mt. Etna's eruption in Italy
So apparently, not all of the volcanic eruptions were CGI, which is just plain awesome! While one of the shots was fairly obvious that it was real, the fact that George Lucas used a real volcanic eruption to the movie's advantage just goes to show how awesome movie magic can be!
#7 – Hayden Christensen actually had to stick his legs out the end of his Jedi starfighter, since keeping them in would result in his knees covering his face
Although it still seems believable in the movie, hearing that fact is something I will never forget!
#8 – The moment when Anakin and Obi-Wan used the force push on each other used to have a force field effect, but George Lucas removed it due to not being satisfied with it
Personally, I would have kept the CGI, since I think it would have been cooler. However, all we're left with is Anakin and Obi-Wan looking like they're doing a very crude attempt at the Vulcan greeting. #livelongandprosperGeorgeLucas
#9 – Revenge of the Sith is the only Star Wars movie that never received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. Instead, it was nominated for its make-up
Alright, the fact that RotS wasn't even nominated for Best Visual Effects is just sad, because I'm quite impressed with the CGI that George Lucas was able to accomplish in 2005! Seriously, it's crazy that George Lucas could do that, since every other action movie of it's time was simply okay with their own CGI.
On top of that, RotS didn't even win the award for its make-up! Instead, the award was given to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which I can actually understand. I just think that it's sad that George Lucas' last SW saga film didn't win anything.
#10 – All of the shots of C-3PO had green screen reflections on his shiny gold armor, which meant that the digital effects artists had to remove the reflections frame by frame during post-production
This is shocking to think about. Sure, C-3PO was not in the entire film, but the fact that the green-screen problem had to be fixed frame by frame is still a shocking thing to think about, since that would take a lot of work! I'll give kudos to Lucasfilm for that!
These are just some of the crazy things about Revenge of the Sith. If you have any other interesting facts to add, be sure to post them in the comments section below!
What do you think is the craziest thing about Revenge of the Sith?
Source - IMDB