Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones has been out for 13 long years, but TheRobertissimo has spotted something we’ve been missing all along.
Admittedly, it’s a fairly subtle and brilliant reference – a Matrix Easter egg hidden in the bar scene of Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones – but the evidence is pretty convincing.
Let’s take a look.
So here’s Obi Wan Kenobi, just chilling in a bar, using Jedi mind tricks to get a death stick dealer to go home and re-think his life.
Somehow, TheRobertissimo realised that this character was played by Matt Doran, who also appears in The Matrix as the cheeky designer of The Woman In The Red Dress (the simulated woman who catches Neo off guard during Agent training).
Character actor appears in two sci-fi movies. Big whoop.
“In the same scene in Attack of the Clones, about 15 seconds later, this woman pops in frame for a few seconds and gives a seductive look at Anakin (unsuccessfully) and I start noticing a reference…”
Yep, The Woman in the Red Dress.
“This is Australian actress and model Fiona Johnson,” TheRobertissimo explains, “and after a bit of googling I found that her character in Attack of the Clones is Hayde Gofai – ‘a patron of the Outlander Club on Coruscant that often attempted to catch the eye of prospective partners’.”
So we have a second Matrix cameo in one short scene – and, if you look back up at the first screenshot above, can you spot anything else? Aren’t the blue and red drinks on the bar a reference to Morpheus’s blue and red pills?
Most of the film was spent trying to get Anakin to channel a bit of Jedi focus and stop chasing after Padmé, so the allusion is appropriate.
Either way, it’s excellent work from TheRobertissimo, who proves that even though you think you know a movie inside out, it’s always worth just one more watch.