A stunt from Star Wars Episode 3 BTS footage summarizes Anakin’s strengths, stresses his fatal flaw, and foreshadows his fall to the dark side.
A video revealing a brief look at the original fight planned for Anakin and Count Dooku’s duel in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith has been recently unearthed by the movie’s stunt director, and the original lightsaber choreography highlights interesting details of Anakin’s fighting style. In the video, Hayden Christensen and Count Dooku’s stunt actor are seen rehearsing the end of their duel at the beginning of the movie. Receiving more than 4.5 million views on Twitter in its first 5 days, the video has sparked a lot of praise for Christensen’s portrayal of his character’s lightsaber skills and personality.
The behind-the-scenes footage of Anakin and Dooku’s duel shows off Anakin’s aggressive and complicated lightsaber style and spotlights one move in particular. During this crazy move, Anakin briefly lets go of his lightsaber and catches it midair with his other hand between the swings of Dooku’s blade.
This maneuver is indicative of many aspects of Anakin’s personality traits, especially his recklessness and mastery when it comes to combat. It also helps foreshadow his eventual fall to the dark side by emphasizing his tendency to disregard the danger of the risks he takes.
Revenge Of The Sith Fight Video Shows Anakin’s Lack Of Fear Against Dooku
Not only does the video give an exciting look at the actors’ lightsaber moves, but it also offers a new perspective on the interaction between Anakin and Dooku. During their fight in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Dooku severs Anakin’s right arm. Now, equipped with a cybernetic prosthetic and a reputation for being fearless in battle, Anakin fights with seemingly no reservations. His willingness to risk another limb to Dooku highlights his ability to redirect any feelings of fear, channeling his rage instead.
Anakin’s emotions are a constant topic in the Star Wars movies, as Jedi are meant to be in constant control of their feelings in order to connect with the Force. Yoda said in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace after his assessment that he sensed too much fear in 9-year-old Anakin, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” As a young man, Anakin has clearly become more comfortable being angry than being afraid, and his wrath is often what drives him during combat.
Anakin’s Reckless Fighting Foreshadows His Fall
By baiting Dooku with his extended hands instead of simply blocking his blade, Anakin is able to take control of Dooku’s movements and disarm him. Anakin’s history with Dooku likely influenced his style during the duel, pushing him to show off his power which he insists to Dooku has doubled since their last battle. Anakin’s teenage arrogance has matured into recklessness as he tries to exceed every expectation of himself. His brash lightsaber moves echo his paranoia that he’s constantly being underestimated and needs to prove himself to enemies and allies alike.
This insecurity and resentment over being undervalued by the Jedi will eventually be a driving force behind Anakin’s fall to the Dark Side. Though his skills are clearly incredible, Anakin’s overconfidence and need to prove his worth are a dangerous mix that ultimately cost him everything. Accusing Obi-Wan of underestimating him is the last thing Anakin will do before his fateful almost-demise on Mustafar. As Count Dooku says as their duel begins, “Double the pride, double the fall.”
Anakin’s pride and willingness to risk anything, including a limb or two, for the sake of achieving his goal ultimately drives him into Darth Sidious’s grip. His desire to save Padmé from a possible death leads him to seek out a Sith ability, and in his attempt to get that information from Darth Sidious, he betrays the Jedi. Though it didn’t make it in the final cut of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin’s risky lightsaber move perfectly captures not only his effectiveness in battle, but the fatal flaw that eventually transforms him into Darth Vader as well.
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