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Nov 29, 2017

There's A "Matrix" Reference In "Star Wars" That'll Make You Question Everything

And it's 100% intentional.

The Matrix (1999)

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Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones (2002)

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Two iconic sci-fi franchises that should have nothing do with one another, right? GUESS AGAIN.

Two years ago, redditor TheRobertissimo made an amazing discovery while watching Attack of the Clones.

Early on in the movie, Obi-Wan and Anakin wind up in the Outlander Club on Coruscant as they're pursuing Zam Wesell, the assassin who just made an attempt on Padmé's life.

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Obi-Wan ultimately approaches the bar, where a man offers to sell him death sticks — it's a relatively forgettable moment in the midst of a dramatic scene.

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However, the death-stick dealer is played by an actor named Matt Doran.

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You might recognize him from The Matrix, in which he played Mouse, a member of the Nebuchadnezzar crew...

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...and the designer of the Woman in the Red Dress.

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You remember the Woman in the Red Dress, right?

She shows up in training simulations to distract new recruits by making prolonged eye contact and feigning interest...

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...before turning into an agent — presumably to teach trainees the dangers of the Matrix.

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WELL, moments after Matt Doran tries to sell Kenobi death sticks, it cuts to this woman who shows an apparent interest in Anakin Skywalker.

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But that's not just any woman. That's Fiona Johnson, the very same actor who plays the Woman in the Red Dress.

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Also note the red and blue drinks:

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Given what we now know, would it be a stretch to suggest this is a reference to the red and blue pills?

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So what does it all mean?

The redditor who made this discovery believes it displays how a Jedi might not be as distractible as, say, Neo, who does take the bait.

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He goes on to point out that it could also illustrate Anakin's love for (obsession with?) Padmé Amidala, a recurring theme throughout the movie.

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OR, perhaps the entire Star Wars universe is just another bit of simulated reality, a long-forgotten line of computer code buried deep within the Matrix, and Mouse was just paying a visit, with the Woman in the Red Dress at his side.

After all, the red pill signifies an awareness of the Matrix — Matt Doran's character's drink is red. The blue pill signifies blissful ignorance, an unawareness of the Matrix — Obi-Wan sips his blue drink thirstily.

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So, what do you think?

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