Count Dooku from Lee's Perspective

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  1. CmdrMitthrawnuruodo Force Ghost

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    Well I found something extraordinarily interesting that could spark a few plot bunnies... I've been reading Lord of Misrule: The Autobiography of Christopher Lee, and aside from the fact that it's a wonderful read and hilarious at times, Sir Christopher goes into detail about his experiences with significant films in his career. One which is relevant to this post, Attack of the Clones. So I thought I'd share this tidbit.

    He talks about his role as Count Dooku and a very interesting gem is mentioned by him that puts a new light on Dooku's character and his influence in the events of The Phantom Menace.

    He says, and I quote, "The Count is the most malignant, dangerous, and lethal force in the entire story, possibly the entire galaxy. As a disenchanted Jedi who quits the Republic to serve the Emperor, I am a good guy gone wrong, though I have already engineered the death of Liam Neeson in an episode I wasn't in."

    That is apparently what he was told or led to believe by Lucas.

    Dooku had Qui-Gon killed?!

    What do you think? Would this change anything, everything for you about Qui-Gon's demise as a writer? Yes, no? Why? Would you use it or not? Any bunnies nipping at you, I've got a few.


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  2. moosemousse CR - FF:UK South

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    He was behind pretty much everything though, so it doesn't surprise me. I don't think it was a specific attack to get Qui-Gon personally, rather that it happened to be Qui-Gon who was killed and that it would have been the same had it been any other Jedi.
  3. Alexis_Wingstar Force Ghost

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    It's interesting, but fallible. It does bring up a few plot bunnies, but all of them would be AU, as I think Sir Christopher's conjectures on his character's responsibility for Qui-Gon's death isn't officially canon.
  4. CmdrMitthrawnuruodo Force Ghost

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    Directly it's not canon, I know. But from a certain point of view it can be construed that he is if you take into account (in Darth Plagueis) that he unknowingly told Sidious that Qui-Gon found the chosen one. Sidious and Plagueis then decided that Qui had to die, so Anakin would be easier to seduce.

    So in a way he is responsible for talking about Jedi concerns to a non-Jedi, and getting Qui-Gon killed as a direct result. Whether he was aware that it would find its way to the Sith or not, would determine if he engineered Qui's death or was an unfortunate result for gossiping.

    It does make an intriguing exercise in writing though.


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  5. ardavenport Force Ghost

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    Honestly, I think that Darth Maul more directly caused Qui-Gon's death than Dooku.

    However, if Dooku were already in league with Sidious at the time he could easily have given Maul some pointers about Qui-Gon's fighting style and where he might have some weaknesses. And I doubt that either Sidious or Dooku would forsee Obi-Wan beating Maul, but that event was convenient for Dooku since he became the primary Sith apprentice then.
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