Star Wars: 10 Things Everyone Always Gets Wrong About Darth Maul

Some misconceptions about the master of the twin-bladed lightsaber.

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The main Star Wars movies are full of characters who only appeared for a handful of minutes, but have achieved legendary status.

There are two frontrunners in this category - bounty hunter Boba Fett, and the Sith apprentice Darth Maul.

However, Boba Fett turned up in three of the nine Skywalker Saga films, so we think he's had his time in the spotlight. In that case, let's move on to Darth Maul.

A member of the Zabrak race, Maul first appears as the devoted follower of the evil Darth Sidious. After a brief skirmish with Qui-Gon Jinn on Tatooine, Maul then engages in an epic fight with him and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Naboo.

After turning his master in a shish kebab, Maul is defeated by Obi-Wan when he gets sliced clean in half.

And that's the whole story... or is it?

The Star Wars universe is so expansive these days that it's impossible for a character to be this underdeveloped. There are some gonk droids with pages upon pages written about them, so you best believe that there's more to our pal Maul than you could ever imagine...

10. Ray Park Was The First Choice

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Although voiced by British actor Peter Serafinowicz, Maul's physical form in The Phantom Menace was portrayed by Scottish actor and stuntman Ray Park.

Park has also appeared in the Tim Burton Sleepy Hollow movie, the G.I. Joe series, and as Toad in 2000's X-Men, but he's best known for his time as the horny Sith. Not that kind of horny.

He was a natural fit for the part, which might lead you to assume he was the first choice for it. But alas, this isn't true.

Benicio del Toro of The Usual Suspects fame was originally signed on to play the role. This was a huge get for the prequel trilogy, as Del Toro's star was very much on the rise at the time.

Unfortunately, the Puerto Rican was less-than-thrilled to find out that his part had been considerably cut in the final version of the script. He ditched the project, leaving the door open for Park to stride in.

Clearly, Del Toro regretted this decision to some degree, as he returned to Star Wars in The Last Jedi. Although, he may have regretted that decision even more.

 
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