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The NSYNC was a popular American boy band in the late 1990s and early 2000s, consisting of members Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass. Although not directly related to the Star Wars franchise, the band almost had a cameo appearance in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," directed by George Lucas.
As the story goes, it all began when George Lucas's daughters were huge fans of NSYNC, and they requested their father to include the band in the movie. Lucas agreed as a way to surprise his daughters; consequently, the NSYNC members were invited to be a part of the film as background extras in the Jedi battle scenes.
The band members were given a makeover to blend into the scene as other characters. They wore robes and sported futuristic haircuts to portray minor characters in Jedi costumes during the arena battle on the planet Geonosis, where they would be seen fighting alongside other Jedi Knights against droids and monsters.
However, it turned out that their cameo appearance was only fleeting or short-lived in the movie. Reportedly, the sequence featuring the band was extremely brief, lasting only a fraction of a second. As a result, it was highly doubtful if the audience would have spotted them in the midst of all the action.
Ultimately, the band's cameo was removed from the final cut of the movie. Reasons for the removal vary from technical issues to worries about the possible backlash from Star Wars fans who may not have appreciated the inclusion of pop stars in the beloved saga.
Despite the removal of their cameo, NSYNC's involvement in the Star Wars universe became a piece of trivia for both Star Wars and music fans. Although the final cut of the movie did not show the band members, the story of their brief connection to the galaxy far, far away has become a part of pop culture lore.
while NSYNC was not a part of the Star Wars universe in an official capacity, they were nonetheless momentarily connected to it thanks to a near-cameo opportunity in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones." This event has become an interesting footnote in the history of both the Star Wars franchise and the band itself.
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