I only ask because of what went down with AOTC.
I recall hearing all the hype about how Mace would get to use a lightsaber and see some battle. I was really excited by that and I looked forward to seeing it in a few years.
Saying that Mace would get to fight and use a lightsaber is one thing . . . but then I saw Sam and George Lucas on the MTV awards (for some movies, I think) and I think it was for "Best Fight" ? ? ? Well if I do remember that appearance correctly, George said to Sam that maybe he would be up on the stage next year accepting the award.
And what happened? It seemed the AOTC fight was really cut down and I remember some fans being disappointed in the brevity of Mace's "big" fight, myself included.
Don't get me wrong, I think his fight with Jangers works fine. Quick and to the point, that's his style. Yet that wasn't the original impression I had so I admit that my expectations were not quite met. Deflecting endless laser bolts from droids and then easily dispatching a bounty hunter in short time was NOT what I thought George was suggesting as "Best Fight" material.
This brings me to the point of my thread because now Sam is making the rounds promoting his current film releases and the subject always seems to turn to Star Wars for a moment.
And what do we hear?
"I told George not to kill me off in weak fashion . . . We shot my death scene and I'm not going out like a punk."
Great, I hope not! :happy:
As intensely as they may have shot those scenes and as elaborate of a battle he may have while he makes his last stand, there is NO guarantee that George won't hack it to death in the editing room. He seems to change his mind a lot and I would not be surprised if he decided to change the scene(s) . . . instead of Mace fighting Vader intensely and for a lengthy period of time while doing some other heroic act simultaneously - maybe George decides mid-editing that he wants Vader to cheap shot him with an ambush or something?
This is all speculation on my part but I think there is a valid question here.
Still, I think the paired down AOTC fight could work to George's advantage here. If Ep3 DOES have Mace fighting fiercely and going out in a very difficult way then I think it could be a nice development from the previous 2 films:
TPM - Mace sits around looking bored and doesn't even show up for the Naboo arrival scene because he has a stand-in.
AOTC - Mace stands around looking bored while defending against battle droids and then quickly drops the hammer on a lesser foe.
Ep3 - Mace suddenly is not bored as he faces a REAL opponent and after fighting at length, he dies heroically or gives his life for the greater good.
Yeah, I think I like that character development.