George Lucas Had To Cast Himself in Several Star Wars Episode III Scenes After His World-Building Stretched the Actors Too Thin

During the world building, George Lucas and the others from the crew had to step in an act as extras in the film

george lucas had to cast himself in several star wars episode iii scenes after his world-building stretched the actors too thin


  • Star Wars Episode III has a surprise cameos from the crew members including George Lucas himself
  • The director had to fill in at the few scenes to act as a part of the crowd as during world building it was hard to create a whole population
  • Not just the actor but his daughter too can be seen in the opera box scene in the movie
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George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise is massively well-liked. It is loved through and through by the fans and the entire world that has been built is one that is worthy of praise. When it comes to writing fiction, fantasy, or even science fiction; one big factor that comes into play is the world building. Star Wars in particular has ideas, worlds, people, species, and all sorts of different elements that together form such a vast and vivid story.

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Hayden Christensen in a still from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith
Hayden Christensen in a still from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith

When it comes to big worlds, there are challenges that come along the way. Some of these consist of characters and how in-depth they have been explored, as well as the story in general. Lucas’s creation is one that is heavily looked at. However, one more challenge is just how many extras can be hired in one film.


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Star Wars Had Cameos that No One Could Avoid

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith had a lot of different characters. Being part of such a heavy franchise, there were a lot of things that needed to be kept in mind. The world that was built so beautifully big, there was also the task of populating it. Not just one world but many, in a singular movie alone.

George Lucas on the set of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
George Lucas on the set of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

“One of the things that’s kinda fun about working on these pictures where the whole worlds have to be created is that those worlds have to be populated. Who do you get to populate these worlds? You get the cheapest labor you can, which is ourselves.”

Shared via a YouTube video (@Connor_), it was revealed that to solve the problem of the various extras that were to be hired, a simple change was made. It was shared that instead of getting various extras hired, which would have cost a fortune, they just decided to hire themselves to fill in the spots.

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George Lucas Made it Into Revenge of the Sith

The entire crisis, what is more so a shortage of extras and a budget, was easily avoided. Those who were already part of the film contributed to populating the planets and different worlds. One such case was also with the Opera box. In order to confront this situation, even George Lucas and his daughter became a part of the film.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

“George and his daughter are just outside the opera box.”

This quickly became more of a hunt for small cameos than a need to fill space. Getting others to fill the parts, and having Lucas himself being painted blue; was truly something that no one could have imagined at first.


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Adya Godboley

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is an Assistant Content Lead for FandomWire. She has rich experience in critically analyzing all that is said in between the lines. Hopelessly obsessed with Greek Mythology, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English from K.R. Mangalam University. Adya has written over 1300 articles on various topics expressing her passion and love for all things entertainment.