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  • Acting for Two:
    • As in the previous two films, Ki-Adi Mundi and Nute Gunray are both played by Silas Carson.
    • Temuera Morrison provides the voices for all the clone troopers.
  • Approval of God: George Lucas approved of every change Matt Stover made in his novel.
  • Billing Displacement: Despite prominent billing as part of the cast, Christopher Lee is only in the movie for three minutes.
  • Content Leak: The film was leaked online mere hours before its launch.
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  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Natalie Portman considers this movie her favorite of the three Star Wars movies she was in.
  • Deleted Role: Liam Neeson has said that he recorded a cameo as Qui-Gon Jinn, which was to feature in a scene with Yoda, further explaining the concept of a Jedi communicating from beyond the grave. In the script, the dialogue (in which Qui-Gon is heard, not seen) appeared in the scene, in which Yoda is meditating on the secret asteroid base, just before Bail Organa informs him of Obi-wan's return with Padmé. The scene does not appear in the deleted scenes section of the DVD, however, an unfinished version was included in the Blu-ray release box set.
  • Deleted Scene: A scene in which Anakin and Obi-Wan discuss battle strategy via hand signals.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Hayden Christensen gained twenty-four pounds for this movie. He did so by eating six meals a day.
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  • Enforced Method Acting: George Lucas intentionally put extra weight into the Darth Vader helmet so that when Hayden Christensen first walks around in the Vader suit, he almost stumbles, since Anakin/Vader's not used to the Vader suit yet. He is also too short to fit in the classic costume (David Prowse is 5 inches taller than Christensen) so they had to build a new one that bumps him up to the appropriate height. He actually saw mostly though the mouth grill rather than the eyes.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Palpatine is often called "The Senate", after his I Am the Noun line.
    • The roaring, spinning dive Palpatine does at the start of his duel against Mace Windu became affectionately known as "the Sheev Spin" after Palpatine's first name was revealed.
  • Looping Lines: Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor had to record grunts for when they were fighting. That's right. Grunts.
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  • Name's the Same: The planet Utapau is most likely named for U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, which was used as a base by the US Air Force during The Vietnam War.
  • No Stunt Double: Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen did their duel themselves. They trained for two months in fencing and fitness in preparation and as a result, the speed in which they engage the duel is the speed in which it was filmed, and was not digitally accelerated.
  • Real-Life Relative: All of George Lucas's adopted children appear in minor roles in this film, in addition to Lucas himself. As Anakin enters the opera house, Lucas is talking to Katie, who is playing his character's daughter as well and Amanda plays a red-haired Senator who walks by. As some troopers are trying to dismiss Senator Organa during the attack on the Jedi Temple, they're attacked by Jett Lucas (whose character name is Zett Jukassa).
  • Refitted for Sequel: The track "Love Pledge and the Arena" from the Attack of the Clones soundtrack was originally meant for that film's arena sequence, but was mostly cut in favor of recycled music from The Phantom Menace. However, key portions of the track were instead utilized for Sith, during the invasion of the Jedi Temple and the battles of Kashyyyk and Utapau.
  • Role Reprise: James Earl Jones returned to voice Darth Vader 22 years after Return of the Jedi, as did many of his famous foreign dubbing voices, such as Georges Aminel in the French version.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Tarkin appears in passing towards the end largely because they found an actor (Wayne Pygram) with an astonishing resemblance to a younger Peter Cushing and couldn't bear to not cast him!
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: LEGO Star Wars was released a few weeks before Revenge of the Sith and contains a playable version of the entire movie (albeit modified by Rule of Funny, Compressed Adaptation, and Speaking Simlish).
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  • What Could Have Been:
    • Ahmed Best asked George Lucas to kill off Jar Jar Binks in the film just so the character, already reduced to a cameo role, could at least have a dramatic send off, but George didn't want to do it.
    • Anakin was originally supposed to be watching the entirety of the duel between Palpatine and Mace Windu, but they realized that the implications were too subtle and somewhat confusing. This led to reshoots that has the moment where Anakin and Padmé "watch" each other across Coruscant and the duel had to be redone because Palpatine was using Anakin's lightsaber. As mentioned by a Lucasfilm executive, the original cut made it fairly clear Palpatine was playing up being helpless to get Anakin to side with him, while the reshot version made it seem that Mace Windu could have legitimately killed him, making it more shocking when Palpatine kills Mace with power that the audience honest didn't believe he still had in him.
    • A glimpse at the original backstory as seen in the novelization of Return of the Jedi (as well as strongly implied by Leia's lines in said film) shows us that her mother, who is now known to be Padmé, was originally meant to survive Anakin's turn to the Dark Side.
    • The scene on Mustafar where Padmé and Anakin meet was supposed to be different. Anakin would've been wielding what seems like his red lightsaber from the OT, Padmé would've not been pregnant and would've been wearing different clothes, and most of all, Padmé would've probably come to the conclusion that Anakin was dead and that Vader needed to die, as she was shown carrying a dagger.
    • The Return of the Jedi novelization also said Anakin fell into a pool of lava. In the movie, he doesn't actually touch the lava, but the fumes are hot enough to set his clothes on fire. This may have been changed to make Anakin's survival a bit more plausible.
    • Star Wars: Clone Wars ended up showing the actual kidnapping of Palpatine, which was present in the early drafts of this movie but then passed over to be depicted in that series. The opening battle was originally over 45 minutes in length even after they cut out that part, including one scene having Grievous execute Shaak-Ti in front of Anakin and Obi-Wan.
    • There are a good amount of scenes that were not included in the final film, or even finished. These include two death scenes filmed for Shaak Ti (captured alongside Palpatine and executed by Grievous or killed by Anakin in the Temple massacre) and neither was usednote . Anakin and Obi-Wan treading through the sewers on Grievous' flagship, Wat Tambor's death by Darth Vader in Mustafarnote  an entire subplot of Padmé holding meetings with Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, and other senators to plan the birth of the Rebel Alliance, and a 30-second scene of Yoda arriving on Dagobah.
    • If Shaak Ti's first death scene had made it in, Tsui Choi from Dark Horse's Star Wars comics would've been shown taking her place on the Jedi Council. The idea was dropped after the scene was cut, though Choi still has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo on Kashyyyk.
    • According to Ahmed Best, there was a deleted scene where, before he crowned himself Emperor, Palpatine mockingly thanked Jar Jar Binks for granting him the emergency powers that allowed him to take over the Galaxy.
    • Lucas considered having Han Solo appear as a young boy raised by Chewbacca, but decided against it due to the improbability of it and the plot hole that would be created by young Han knowing of and interacting with the Jedi, yet not believing in the Force as an adult. Concept art for this can be found in the Art of Revenge of the Sith book and is reproduced here.
    • There exists concept art of a teenage Boba Fett killing Mace Windu during Order 66. Windu's killer was changed to Palpatine, as Lucas felt Boba was far too young to believably pose a challenge to a Jedi Master. This plot idea was used for The Clone Wars, though Windu obviously was not killed.
    • Count Dooku was originally going to survive until the midpoint of the film, with his death being the final push Anakin needed to join the Dark Side rather than Mace Windu's. His death was instead moved to the opening sequence, which had changed from its original conception (seven battles on seven different planets showcasing the fury of the Clone Wars, rather than Palpatine being kidnapped by Dooku and Grievous).
    • Padmé originally had a much larger role talking with other senators about opposing Palpatine's increasing accumulation of power, the "delegation of 2,000." Officially this remains canon, and was the early beginnings of the Rebel Alliance as many of the same senators became Rebel leaders like Mon Mothma and Bail Organa, but was cut because it was a subplot that couldn't go anywhere and it was just a few more political meetings. Genevieve O'Reilly as Mon Mothma ended up a Deleted Role in this film, but was brought back to play the character in Rogue One.
    • Anakin had concept art involving having a mohawk and tattoo's. George Lucas rejected that because he felt it was "Too Much." Hayden was originally dressed with his long hair in a ponytail, but felt uncomfortable because it made him look "Too Pretty."
    • The original script revealed that Palpatine used the power of the Force to will the midi-chlorians to start the cell divisions that created Anakin, as part of an evil scheme to breed the perfect Sith. The conversation ended with Palpatine saying "You might say I'm your father." Palpatine's role at this was replaced in the Legends canon by Darth Plagueis'.
    • The entire film was shot with Anakin having a more complex set of motivations behind a gradual slide to the Dark Side. In post-production, however, executives complained, saying that Anakin should just have one single easy-to-understand motive behind his turn. It was decided that the desire to save Padmé would be that motivation, which required the movie to go through a lot of editing and re-shoots. The end result, unfortunately, left Anakin's turn to the Dark Side feeling jarringly rushed when it actually happened.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Samuel L. Jackson has stated that Mace Windu beat Palpatine, while the novelization implies that Sidious threw the fight to manipulate Anakin (something that is also backed by a Lucasfilm executive). The film, which the novelization differs a fair lot from at several points, leaves it ambiguous.


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