• Mattie Stu

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Phantom Menace (Probably)

By now I'm sure you've heard tons of facts and trivia about the first Star Wars prequel movie. I mean, it was released nearly 20 years ago! However, here are ten facts that are probably new to you!

Following in the footsteps of her husband, Hilton McRae, who portrayed an A-wing pilot in Episode VI, noted Scottish actress Lindsay Duncan supplied the voice of protocol droid TC-14.

Originally, the Neimoidian masks were shaped very differently. In fact, mechanical versions of the concept design were passed on to the battle droids.

Otoh Gunga is never mentioned by name in the film. Instead, the underwater city is always referred to as either Gunga city or the Gungan city.

To simulate the underwater conditions surrounding Otoh Gunga, the filmmakers shot a model of caves and canyons in a smoky room.

For safety reasons, Darth Maul's horns were made of rubber.

The Jedi Council set was built 1.8m above ground level as several Jedi, including Yoda, were puppets operated from underneath.

The Theed royal palace scenes were shot in southern Italy’s 18th-century Reggia di Caserta.

The Battle of Naboo was shot near Livermore, California, though the hills in the background were digitally stretched to look less earth-like.

The lightsaber blades were made of aluminium, and 300 of them were used throughout filming.

And, last but not least...

Despite her pivotal role, Natalie Portman could not attend The Phantom Menace's premiere party in New York, as she had to study for her final high school exams.

Were you surprised by any of today's facts? Let me know in the comments below!

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