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Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith’s Order 66 Scene Was Originally ‘More Gruesome’

“Execute Order 66.”

And so, the Emperor directed to his legion of Clonetroopers, and thus began the eradication of the Jedi Order. While I have many problems with Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, its nonsensical story and awful execution, there are kernels of good there. As many others have rightfully pointed out, George Lucas has his strengths in overall story, but not in its execution.

But thanks to Lucas’ big picture strengths, there are bound to be some glowing scenes. That sequence is one such example. As it turns out, that scene was supposedly a bit more gruesome, as actor Ian McDiarmid revealed to FanX attendees:

“I think it was a little more gruesome than you ended up seeing, you know. A lot of young potential Jedi ended up on the cutting room floor.”

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He then went on to state that it was probably a good idea that they toned it down, as it could have resulted in a harsher rating. And while I’m sure we all love the idea of a darker Star Wars film, at the end of the day, they are family movies, and getting an R rating would have put the franchise in unprecedented territory.

From the sound of it, though, he isn’t referring to the sequence as a whole, but the scene where Anakin chops up the younglings. Can you imagine actually seeing them get cut down in the film? That would have been one hell of a way to end the saga.

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