George Lucas never left his baby behind, which is why 1999 saw the release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. That movie came out nearly 20 years after the last Star Wars release, and it was followed by two more to close out the prequel trilogy. Lucas returned to the director's chair for all three prequel films, which was a big deal, seeing as he didn't direct Episodes V and VI.
Although a great deal of the creativity that went into the Star Wars franchise originated with Lucas, if it weren't for the actors and actresses playing his incredible characters onscreen, the franchise wouldn't amount to much. Thousands of people were involved in making the Star Wars prequels, and there are tons of things you probably didn't know about the Star Wars cast members from the first three episodes of the Skywalker Saga.
Even the most fervent fans don't know everything about the cast of the Star Wars prequels, and this list aims to test that.
Liam Neeson Was A Schoolteacher Before Becoming An ActorVideo: YouTube
Long before Liam Neeson was cast to play Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, he was a schoolteacher. One day, while he was in teacher training, a 15-year-old student pulled a knife on him, and Neeson had a surprising response: He punched the student. Neeson explained:
Sometimes there is a discipline problem, so [the issue is] getting them to settle down before you start teaching them, you know? And this particular kid just didn’t want to settle down, and he wanted to disrupt the whole class... So I went over to him and asked him to leave the classroom and stand outside, and the next thing I know, he pulled a knife on me. And my immediate reaction was to punch him, which I shouldn’t have done. But I felt threatened, so I punched him.
That ended up getting him fired from teaching, so he cast his interests elsewhere and began acting.Interesting fact?
Ewan McGregor's Uncle Was In 'Star Wars'Video: YouTube
The only reason Ewan McGregor saw Star Wars in the first place at age 6 was because he was excited to see his Uncle Dennis on the silver screen. McGregor's uncle, Dennis Lawson, played Wedge Antilles.
McGregor played Obi-Wan Kenobi in all three movies of the prequel series and is reprising the role for a Disney+ series. His uncle, Dennis Lawson, appeared as Wedge in all three films of the original trilogy and returned for a brief cameo at the end of The Rise of Skywalker.Interesting fact?
Samuel L. Jackson Was An Usher At Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Funeral
When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was slain in 1968, his service was held at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Several students from the school were chosen as ushers, including Samuel L. Jackson. After the service, he traveled to Memphis to participate in an equal rights protest march. He spoke about King's passing in a 2005 interview with Parade:
I was angry about the assassination, but I wasn't shocked by it. I knew that change was going to take something different - not sit-ins, not peaceful coexistence.
The following year, Jackson and several other students held members of the Morehouse College board of trustees hostage. Included in the group was Martin Luther King Sr. The group demanded that the school's curriculum and governance be reformed. This earned Jackson a charge of unlawful confinement, which resulted in his suspension. He explained the situation during an interview with The Tavis Smiley Show. He was expelled from the college, so his mother sent him to LA, where he began his acting career.Interesting fact?
Anthony Daniels Is The Only Actor To Appear In Every Skywalker Film
Plenty of characters have appeared in every Star Wars movie in the Skywalker Saga, but the actors playing those characters are another story. Multiple people have controlled or been placed inside R2-D2, and different actors have portrayed characters like Chewbacca and Darth Vader.
Still, even though another actor could have played C-3PO in any of his appearances, Anthony Daniels was the one and only person to take the job. C-3PO has appeared in every episode of the Skywalker Saga, and so too has Daniels, who told Vulture, "There was no way I was going to just do the voice. C-3PO is an integration - look at the light on that tree!" He filled out the suit and gave life to the character he's played for more than 40 years.Interesting fact?