• Mattie Stu

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith has the longest opening shot of any Star Wars movie, lasting 76 seconds in total from the opening crawl's fade into black.

Originally, Count Dooku was scripted to ask Palpatine for help, as he faced execution. Christopher Lee deemed this unbelievable for the character of Dooku, however, and so the line was dropped.

In order to reduce the film’s dark tone, the scene between Anakin and Padmé in their Coruscant apartment was added in long after principal photography.

The views of Coruscant from Palpatine’s office seem incredibly consistent. That’s due to detailed charts possessed by the art department, which kept track of day, night and the regular flow of traffic.

Ian McDiarmid filmed the classic Opera House scene while suffering from a case of laryngitis.

Due to the movie’s heavy reliance upon CGI, actor Ewan McGregor had to react to an invisible second pair of arms during his fight against General Grievous. This is why Obi-Wan quickly dismembered the cyborg.

Commander Cody was named after Commando Cody, a classic hero from 1950’s science fiction serials.

The role of Captain Antilles was originally offered to Denis Lawson, the actor who portrayed Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy.

The climactic lightsaber duel between Kenobi and Vader took around 70,000 man hours to produce, which equates to over 25 years if left to only one person.

And, last but not least…

The original cut of Episode III ran for nearly four hours! The opening battle sequence alone reached over an hour.

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

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