|The battle intensifies as Padme makes a bold move alongside Anakin. Art by Ryan Valle.|
Leaping onto one of the Geonosian's dutiful Orray beasts of burden, Padme and Anakin (lightsaber slashing from an attached carriage) bring extra firepower to the intense battle between Jedi and Droids taking place in and across the Geonosian arena. Though eventually felled, the unique Jedi/Senator pairing fight on, soon to be corralled in with their surrounded colleagues...
"I was really excited to fight alongside the Jedi because in the first one I didn't really get much to do. I told George I don't just want to be the girl getting saved by the guys.
It was much better in this one. A lot of the stunts deal with running from and fighting with imaginary creatures, which was somewhat amusing. Everything is blue and cushiony, so when you fell it wasn't painful."
Natalie Portman - Lucasfilm promotional interview for EPISODE II - circa 2000/2001
|Art by Ryan Church.|
|Blue screen work filmed at Fox Studios and later with extra footage at Ealing Studios, London. |
|Though now felled and their Orray dead, our heroes verbally spar and fight on with their 'aggressive negotiations'!|
|This brief conversation scene was a very last minute addition to the film, captured only a month before the film had to be locked down for release.|
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