NSYNC member Joey Fatone reveals Star Wars creator George Lucas cut a cameo from the boy band in 2002’s Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
While Star Wars: Attack of the Clones featured iconic stars like Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee, the second prequel narrowly missed a cameo from the famous pop band, NSYNC, according to Joey Fatone. The attack of the clones premiered in 2002 as the second part of Star wars prequel trilogy to the original George Lucas trilogy. In the episode, ten years later Phantom threat takes place, a separatist movement threatens the republic and begins the clone wars, which will eventually unravel the republic.
That Star wars The franchise has shown many actors, musicians and celebrities in cameos over the course of 11 films and several more spinoff TV series, some even as recurring characters. For example, actor Danny Trejo and musician Thundercat have both recently appeared briefly in The book about Boba Fett. Trejo appeared in episode 3 as a Rancor trainer teaching Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) about his gift from the Hutt twins, and Thundercat comes in the next episode as a space mechanic attaching machine parts to humans to create a kind of human / droid hybrid.
That Star wars prequel trilogy also enjoyed its fair share of cameos from celebrities, family members and actors from the original films, but according to NSYNC member Fatone, The attack of the clones had to cut one from the boy band. At a Fandemic Tour Atlanta panel (via Cartoon), Fatone revealed what the cut scene entailed and explained why the scene did not come into being The attack of the clones. Read what Fatone said below about why the cameo was clipped:
“I was not in it. They cut us out,” Fatone said when asked about the deleted cameo. “There was a great rumor that NSYNC was involved Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Some of us actually were, but then they cut it out because we were [SAG-AFTRA members]. Usually they have to pay the SAG rights to it. We only signed one confidential thing – which we did not say anything about – but they had to cut us out of it. “
After their PopOddesssey tour, Fatone, along with her brother Steve, as well as Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez from NSYNC filmed a short truck in George Lucas’ The attack of the clones. In two scenes, the four appear as Jedis along with hundreds of other extras in the battle of Geonosis. However, bandmates Justin Timberlake and Lance Bass did not make the trip due to exhaustion from the tour. Fatone has now confirmed the long-standing rumor, but it is unfortunate that the cameo was never included in the film.
However, Fatone and company seem to have enjoyed the experience, whether they showed up in the final or not. And now they have at least one cool story to tell and will definitely cherish memories of not just being on a Star wars set, but films a cameo. In the end, Fatone and and the rest of the NSYNC band members thought it was worth it – after all, who would not enjoy the opportunity to swing a lightsaber around for a while for The attack of the clones?
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