Star Wars Episode II Trivia (2)
Since the FX model of Boba Fett’s Slave I was on loan to the Smithsonian at the time of filming, a computer-generated version of the ship (with a different color scheme) had to be created.
Star Wars Episode II Trivia (1)
Just before Anakin goes to search for his mother on Tatooine, he has a conversation with Senator Amidala. The camera pans to their shadows as they talk, and Anakin’s resembles that of Darth Vader. According to the DVD commentary, the Vader-like shadow that Anakin casts was not a special effect but a coincidence.
Star Wars Episode 1 Trivia (5)
Of this film’s 133 minute running time, only 10 to 15 minutes contain no special effects. Ron Magid commented that “it’s easier to spot the few hundred shots that don’t feature any CG work at all than the nearly 2,000 shots that do.”
Star Wars Episode I Trivia (4)
The interiors of the palace on Naboo were shot in an Italian palace, the Reggia Reale (Royal Palace) of Caserta (now used mostly as a museum). However, the palace had candelabras on the wall which had to be removed prior to shooting. One of the curators, there to watch that the crew doesn’t make damages, played one of Amidala’s counselors.
Star Wars Episode I - Trivia (3)
When fully dressed and in make-up, Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley resembled each other so much, that even Knightley’s mother Sharman MacDonald, who visited the set, had trouble identifying her own daughter.
Star Wars Episode I - Trivia (2)
Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala) missed the premiere party in New York because she had to go home to study for her high school final exams.
Star Wars Episode I - Trivia
Sets were built only as high as the tops of the actors’ heads and computer graphics filled in the rest. But Liam Neeson was so tall that he cost the set crew an extra $150,000 in construction.