20 Things You Didn't Know About Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones

Revisiting the most divisive Star Wars prequel.

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Let's be honest, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones is nobody's favourite Star Wars movie.

Coming off the back of the divisive, deflating The Phantom Menace, fans were curious to see how George Lucas would pivot for the sequel, and he ultimately responded by amping up the CGI, over-indulging a gooey central romance, and bloating the runtime out to insufferable proportions.

Whether you consider it the worst Star Wars movie or not, it's definitely one of the most contentious entries into the franchise, and one where the story of its creation is perhaps more interesting than the film we ended up with.

Despite its many flaws, Attack of the Clones was a major technical achievement at the time of its 2002 release, opening the door for better projects to take full advantage of its advances in visual effects technology.

Between this and the film's massive, all-star cast, there are tons of stories, trivia factoids, and anecdotes about its production - so many, in fact, that some of the best just might've passed you by.

Poring over two decades of history, these are the best facts you probably didn't know about Attack of the Clones...

20. Samuel L. Jackson's Lightsaber Has "Bad Motherf**ker" Engraved On The Hilt

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It's well-known that Samuel L. Jackson specifically requested that his character Mace Windu sport a purple lightsaber, a request which George Lucas decided to grant during post-production.

But a lesser-known fact about Windu's lightsaber is that, according to Jackson himself during an with Graham Norton, his lightsaber prop had the phrase "Bad motherf**ker" engraved on its hilt.

This is of course a reference to Jackson's Pulp Fiction character, Jules Winnfield, having the very same phrase printed on his wallet.

Sadly the engraving isn't ever visible in the movies themselves, though given their appeal to young children it's probably for the best.


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