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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Anakin's line about sand is "I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth." It's often misquoted as "...Not like you"; he may have been thinking of Padmé, but he didn't actually say it so openly.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: There used to be a popular belief, spread by some magazines and news sites, that Christopher Lee did his own stunts as Dooku just like he did in many of his classic films when younger. It helped to this that the role was relatively non-demandant physically and that Dooku's sword style resembles Lee's fencing background. However, this is actually wrong, as even although Dooku's style was based on classical fencing, Lee was still 79 at the time of shooting, so his stunts were done by Kyle Rowling (who also doubled Samuel L. Jackson and played Jedi knight Joclad Danva). Interestingly, his colleague Ian McKellen believes Lee himself spread this rumor in order to make himself look fit for his age.
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  • Deleted Scene: In which Padme completes Threepio by putting on his shiny gold skin while Owen Lars watches. Considering this would have raised questions as to why Owen doesn't recognise Threepio in A New Hope, it's no wonder it got scrapped.
  • Playing Against Type: As opposed to a Sir Swears-a-Lot Action Hero type character, Samuel L. Jackson plays a role of a wise and reserved master of the Jedi order in Mace Windu.
  • Real-Life Relative: Sound designer Ben Burtt's son, Benjamin A. Burtt, worked on the film as an uncredited sound recordist.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: In certain shots, Hayden Christensen looks a lot like Mark Hamill (In Episode III, when his hair grows out, the resemblance is closer. Joel Edgerton was cast because he looked like a younger version of Phil Brown, Owen lars original actor. Jack Thompson as Cliegg Lars, his father, also shares strong traits.
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  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: One of the trading card packs for the film spoiled Anakin getting his arm cut off by Dooku.
  • Throw It In!:
    • The entire Aggressive Negotiations conversation during the dinner scene between Anakin and Padme was ad-libbed by Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman at George Lucas' request, due to his not being happy with the romantic dialogue he wrote for that scene.
    • Anakin's silhouette resembling Darth Vader just before he goes off to find his mother was a complete coincidence and wasn't edited in.
    • Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas was originally just a flimsy alias for Darth Sidious known as Sido-Dyas, but a typo was made in the script. Lucas preferred the new name, and the plot point about him was changed to make him an actual Jedi that had died.
    • Mace Windu having a purple lightsaber was at the request of Samuel L. Jackson. He was always planned to have either blue or green until they were shooting.
  • What Could Have Been:
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    • Leonardo DiCaprio was the initial candidate for the role of Anakin Skywalker before Hayden Christensen was cast. However, DiCaprio turned down the offer due to scheduling conflicts with Catch Me If You Can and his fears of committing to a large, multi-movie franchise.
    • Ex-Chancellor Valorum was originally planned to make a cameo in the film, but he was written out when Terence Stamp refused to reprise the role due to disliking his experience working on The Phantom Menace.
    • Sidious's new apprentice was originally going to be female, the character even got to the design phase, before being swapped for Dooku. These designs would go on and become the basis for Asajj Ventress' character in the EU, who was lifted into a major supporting character in the canonical Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
    • Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas was supposed to be an alias for Darth Sidious known as Sido-Dyas instead of an actual Jedi. Apparently, a typo in the script led to them developing Sifo-Dyas as a real Jedi and turning it into something of a Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit.
    • The novelization of Return of the Jedi states that Owen Lars was Obi-Wan's brother, instead of Anakin's stepbrother as finally shown in the film.
    • A deleted scene shows Anakin and Padme's sentencing before the arena scene. It reveals they aren't being killed for opposing the new Confederacy, they're being executed for murdering all those innocent workers and security in the factory before they can use their political clout to squirm out of responsibility.

Assorted Trivia

  • This is the first Star Wars movie that did not end up being the highest-grossing movie of the year it was released in, losing that title to both Spider-Man and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
  • To date the only Star Wars film where the camera pans up rather than down after the opening crawl.

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