The Clone Troopers' rifle design is based on the German MG-42 machine gun.
There is no mystical significance in the color of Mace Windu's light saber. Samuel L. Jackson, after a jokey conversation with stunt coordinator Nick Gillard, asked George Lucas if he could have a purple light saber to match his favorite color, and George Lucas agreed. In an interview on UK TV, Jackson said he "thought it would be cool".
The librarian at the Jedi Archives says "If an item doesn't appear in our records, it does not exist!" This is a variation of the slogan of the Pacific Bell Yellow Pages.
Actors auditioning for the part of Anakin included Ryan Phillippe, Paul Walker, Colin Hanks and Jonathan Brandis. In the end Hayden Christensen got the part, primarily because he and Natalie Portman "looked good together".
In the Jedi Archives, many of the busts, sculpted by Richard Miller are actually of members of the "Star Wars" staff, including George Lucas, animation director Rob Coleman, visual effects supervisors John Knoll and Pablo Helman and Model supervisor Brian Gernand.
Ben Burtt, during production on the film, tried to compile all of the sound effects from every other Star Wars movies when working on this one onto a single database - he estimated that there were roughly 5,000 sound effects up to that time. He was disappointed to find that many sound effects from the older films had not been properly preserved.
The growling dog-like creatures fighting over a bone in the Tusken camp on Tatooine were originally meant to be used on Geonosis and would encounter Obi-Wan. The Obi-Wan scene was cut, so the creatures were used on Tatooine so the models of the creatures would not be wasted.
Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman play the parents of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. Christensen and Hamill both have Swedish ancestry, while Portman and Fisher both have Jewish ancestry.
When Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin (Hayden Christensen) enter the sports bar on Coruscant to search for the assassin Zam Wesell (Leeanna Walsman), several actors and crew members from the "Star Wars" movies can be spotted, including Ahmed Best, (voice of Jar Jar Binks) and Anthony Daniels (C-3P0). Also visible in the crowd are R2D2 handler Don Bies and his Droid team consisting of Zeynep Selcuk, Justin Dix and Trevor Tighe.
According to Star Wars canon, the Tusken Raiders who kidnapped Shmi Skywalker were paid to do so by Count Dooku. Dooku had done this on orders from his master, Darth Sidious.
The scene of Obi-Wan contacting Mace Windu and Yoda was originally shot with Windu behind a desk. The crew claims the scene had a "film noir" feel to it, but ultimately ended up redoing it because it did not seem appropriate to the look and feel of the Star Wars universe.
One of the sculptures in Padme's apartment on Coruscant resembles the work of sculptor Constantin Brancusi. The sculpture is on the table near the balcony and looks like a tall, thin flame.
In the arena, Senator Amidala's gun makes the distinctive sound of a .44 Magnum, a reference to this sound accidentally being left in the sound mix when Princess Leia shoots over the chasm in the special edition of Star Wars (1977)
During the scene set in the Lars homestead dining room, Owen Lars asks Anakin "where are you going?" as he is the first one to leave the table. This is a reference to a similar scene in Star Wars (1977) when Luke becomes anxious to leave and Aunt Beru asks where he's going.
Hayden Christensen claimed to have greatly enjoy filming the bar scene, because it was all a real set, and not just a blue screen.
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