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''Sith'' secrets: 5 cool details about ''Episode III''

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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
STAR WARS EPISODE III: Lucasfilm

1. Impress you with improved acting, Yoda will.
While the syntactically challenged Jedi’s whirligig lightsaber chops and super-ball nimbleness stole the show in Attack of the Clones, animation director Rob Coleman was convinced he could do better. ”My desire was to bring extra subtlety to his performance,” says Coleman, who accomplished this goal by ”going back to film school” — studying Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, researching actors and their process, and making his animators ”leave their computers for a while” and act out the performances, which were videotaped. Look for the close-up of the wise old warrior worriedly rubbing his head: Coleman says it’s an homage to Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, requested by George Lucas.

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