Richard Armitage is best known for playing Thorin Oakenshield in ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, but he had a brief scene in another major blockbuster, Star Wars: Phantom Menace. When Armitage finished drama school in London, one of his first jobs was ‘Bravo Fighter Pilot’ in Phantom Menace.
In an interview with Hollywood.com, Armitage talks about his time on Star Wars, saying, “Walking onto that set… I remember thinking, 'Why didn't they finish building the rest of the set? Are they behind? They must be out of money.'"
He adds that after he finished filming and the film was set to come out, he was excited to see himself on the big screen, but he couldn’t even spot himself in the movie. "I certainly turned up and filmed a day, but I can't find myself in the movie! I think I ende up as a droid. I thought I was a fighter pilot. I can't find where I am I had a line to Ewan McGregor: 'No one's on board, sir.'"
Armitage was not the only star that made an early debut in Phantom Menace; Keira Knightley and Dominic West also have bit parts in the film, with Knightley playing Natalie Portman’s handmaiden and Wes t playing one of the Palace Guards.