When offered the role by director/writer George Lucas, Neeson accepted the part… without reading a word of Lucas’ screenplay. We understand that the chance to be in a Star Wars film is too exciting to pass up, and Neeson probably saw it as a golden opportunity for his career. Still, one has to wonder what is reaction might have been if he actually sat down with the script beforehand and saw he’d be spending most of his time hanging out with Jar-Jar Binks and talking about midichlorians. This wasn’t exactly Alec Guinness in the original film.
It’s no secret that the Star Wars prequels are considered big disappointments; there’s no real point in harping on that fact. However poorly-received they might have been, certain aspects of the films still stood out. In the Phantom Menace, most moviegoers enjoyed Liam Neeson’s turn as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, as they actor gave the film an authoritative presence and gravitas it desperately needed. But if Neeson had used better judgment during the pre-production phase, we may not have even gotten that.
As memorable as the movies may be, not everything about Star Wars is common knowledge. There are little bits of trivia that even the most ardent fans may be surprised when they hear a story of what might have been. We’ve compiled the following list of 10 Secret Star Wars Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know to bring forth some of the more fascinating items about the saga. How many are you aware of?
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