Holy Sh*t, I Just Met Boba Fett — Highlights from Daniel Logan: Spotlight Panel on Indonesia Comic Con 2017

Disclaimer: This article is written based on memory and no recorded material, hence all the verbatim you read is a result of paraphrasing. Daniel, if you’re reading this, feel free to contact us and have us change it if you so wish.

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Boba Fett came to Indonesia Comic Con this year. Yes, Daniel Logan, who portrayed Fett’s younger incarnation in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, is one of the guests invited to the convention this year after being called from his shoot in the Philippines (on a movie with Jason David Frank, no less). Earlier today, Daniel Logan shared his stories about his life during and after Star Wars in his panel.

Auditioning for the role of Boba Fett at the age of thirteen—Fett, in the story, is eight—Daniel had to lie in the audition process. “I was with my mother and grandmother,” he said, “but they were like, ‘You can’t come in.’ So I went into the lobby and the audition alone.

“They didn’t have a script for us back then. I had no lines to say, so I pretty much had to sell myself to them.”

They asked him, Daniel said, if he had any special talents. “There was this spear-like thing in New Zealand called a taiaha, used in—this.” He proceeded to demonstrate his version of a New Zealandish haka, drawing laughter from the audience as he added, “Yeah, that’s us New Zealanders. We’re crazy.”

He told the story of how he proceeded to pretend like he knew what it was all about after asking (and knowing, gleefully) that he wouldn’t get “a stick or a broom” in exchange for the taiaha. “It was a fancy hotel. They don’t just hand you those when you ask.”

That was the first lie. Then, they asked him what he would do with a lightsaber. Daniel, who had never seen any Star Wars film when he’d auditioned, did what he’d done before—pretend and imagine and act, like the excited boy he was.

Listening to Daniel tell all these stories (driving a golf cart with Ewan McGregor in full Jedi robes at five in the morning? Why not), it wasn’t hard to imagine how he was as a young boy on the set on Star Wars. He still had a lot of that boyish energy, walking and galloping all over the stage during the course of the panel, which he closed by sitting at the edge of the stage as he answered the question of a young boy.

Witty, lighthearted stories aside, Daniel Logan certainly had a lot of passion in him. He talked about how he’d dropped out of school at the age of 17, as he got busier and busier doing his jobs, but encouraged other children not to do the same. He emphasized the importance of education and doing the things that you love.

“When you get to that age, you know, twenties, thirties, forties… I think working hard from a young age is the best thing to do. If you don’t get to learning and doing what you love from now, it only gets harder.”

Daniel also dished on what it felt like to get directions from George Lucas himself (pretty much the god of Star Wars) and having his green card approved in less than a day after he wrote to Lucas and Ewan McGregor. “You know, it’s crazy. It usually takes six months for it to be approved, and to have it done like that—it was a record. Nobody had ever had that before.”

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It’s clear, from the panel, that Daniel Logan is still as passionate about Star Wars and Boba Fett as he was years ago. If anything, the passion had only grown; when asked if he would return in a rumored Boba Fett film, he said, “I haven’t heard anything about it. But if they call me to do it, I’ll do it in a heartbeat. I’ll do it for free.”

Amen to that, Daniel. Here’s to hoping to see you soon on the big screens as Boba Fett, continuing your legacy.

You can find Daniel Logan on Twitter, @Daniel_Logan, and on Instagram, @instadaniellogan. He posts a lot of Boba-related stuff and much more interesting things in his life, so you wouldn’t wanna miss out. You know, in case that Boba movie is gonna be done for real.

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Battlefront-Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

The Star Wars Battlefront series (not the EA one) have always been my favourite Star Wars games, even now. That feeling of being one of the rank-and-file soldiers on the ground, fighting tooth and nail to gain ground, it’s amazing and makes you appreciate the common soldiers more. To me, Rogue One is close to an adaptation of that.

Rogue One tells the tale of how the Rebels come into possession of the Death Star plans, resulting in [40-YEAR OLD SPOILER ALERT] the destruction of the Empire’s planet-killing superweapon. [40-YEAR OLD SPOILER ALERT] A ragtag team of outcasts even by Rebellion standards, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) the daughter of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), a key Imperial scientist, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) an intelligence officer in the Rebel forces, Captain Andor’s loyal reprogrammed Imperial droid K2-SO (Alan Tudyk), defecting imperial pilot Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), blind warrior Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), and Chirrut’s companion-slash-bodyguard with a blaster the size of a Warhammer storm bolter Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) goes rogue (get it?) to steal the Death Star plans and get it to the Rebels before the planet-killer can be used against them.

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About to drop the hottest mixtape this side of the Outer Rim

The first thing that stands out from Rogue One is how it feels…grittier, and not in a bad way. We’re right there with the Rebels in the trenches and with the great chemistry of the cast, being attached to them is no tough feat. The stars of the day were truly the Alliance, the brave beings who laid down their lives in service to the cause.  As their foil, Ben Mendelsohn is Orson Krennic, the director of the Empire’s advanced weapons research division, along with Guy Henry, with the help of CG to bring back the late, great Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin, and a special appearance by Darth Vader.

Without giving out too much of the plot, Rogue One manages to fit snugly in the canon etablished by the Original Trilogy without contradicting (to my knowledge) anything that isn’t already made non-canon. In its execution, the plot does have its cliches, but given the amazing chemistry of the ragtag band of Rebels and the great interaction between them, I don’t much mind. Emotionally, this movie hits all the beats. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll drop your jaw in amazement, this movie has everything. Even when most of us know what’ll happen in the end, it still doesn’t help when the feels train hits. And it hits hard.

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Trooper squad goals

For all the fanboys, this movie is LOADED with easter eggs. From Dejarik tables, references to classic lines, to little offhand mentions of canon characters from other media, it’s fanservice central up in here. They even pulled the “May the force of others be with you” line from the early 1974 rough drafts. Even the set designs echo a lot of the design cues from the Original Trilogy and some shots feel like they were lifted from the Original Trilogy, making it feel old yet new at the same time. As I’ve said and I’ll say it again, someone needs to line up all the Imperial architects out back and shoot them. Just about everything they build is a workplace accident waiting to happen. But damn if they don’t look cool!

That said, all the sameness, while I’m not complaining, would probably rub some people the wrong way. And I can’t help but feel K2-SO is like HK-47-lite, but maybe that’s just me being bitter. K2, along with Chirrut and Baze’s banter still stole the show for me.

Bottom line, Rogue One is just as it’s advertised, a Star Wars story. While it’s not a standard Star Wars movie,  it’s fun, it’s heartwrenching, and by god, it’s awesome. Any opportunity to explore the galaxy far, far away is one that’s always welcomed to me.

A More Elegant Movie for a More Modern Age – A Reaction to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

For as long as I could remember, I’ve loved Star Wars. Some of my fondest memories involved playing with unfortunately long since gone Star Wars toys, from Micro Machines, X-Wings, to figures while I watch the movies on laserdiscs. Yes, the ones bigger than frisbees.

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Seriously, BIG.

Over the years, my love for Star Wars came and went, but it was always a constant in my life. I do have to admit I haven’t devoured most of the Expanded Universe material, but I have dabbled in it at times, the Republic Commando series and Tag & Bink being some of my favorites. The games were also a big reason my love for Star Wars kept all these years. Yes, even Masters of Teras Kasi.

When it was announced that new movies are going to be made, I was naturally giddy. Along the way, some decisions like decanonizing the EU did put some doubts and it still stung even to this day, but still, my faith kept on. The new Marvel Star Wars comics helped ease the transition, and if anything, there’s always the small solace that the old EU still happened and we still have the stories, only it happened in some other Galaxy Far, Far, Away in the multiverse. It’s sad, but still, it’s something.

And now that I’ve seen the movie just hours earlier, it was like the Galaxy Far, Far, Away never went away. The second the Star Wars logo came up followed by the opening crawl, I feel like I was five again, sitting in front of the TV watching. It was a state of mind that kept almost throughout the whole movie, which is why I decided to bill this a reaction rather than a review. A review implies a degree of objectivity while watching the movie, something that was nearly nonexistent during the 135 minutes of the film’s running time.

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While the Force awakens, objectivity goes to sleep

But of course, my pesky adult brain had to come rear its ugly head at times and forced me to analyze stuff. So let’s get that out of the way first. The movie is very, very well-crafted. Abrams and co. has certainly learned their mistakes from the Prequel Trilogy and mixed what little good they had with the charm and feel of the Original Trilogy. The effects, while the emphasis on practical effects was lessened, are still top-notch and has a similar feel to that of the Originals. One small detail that I loved was them going back to making actual suits and using actual people for the Stormtroopers instead of creating every single faceless trooper with CGI like the Prequels did with the Clone Army.

Every single member of the main cast, returning and new, were and are still perfect in their roles. Without going into too much detail of the plot, the chemistry between Daisy Ridley’s Rey and John Boyega’s Finn were the standouts, as was Finn with Oscar Isaac’s Poe. The returning original cast was like they never left in the first place and they came across as the same characters, only older and (for some of them, not) wiser.

If my actual five-year old self were to watch this, I know he’d ramble on and on about this for days on end. In truth, so would I. In pure terms of nostalgia and Star Warsiness, this was the motherlode. Callbacks and shout-outs abound, and it’s just pure Star Wars from opening crawl to ending credits. I can’t—and won’t go into detail into the plot, since that’d just ruin a little of the enjoyment for all of you.

I honestly can’t count how many times I almost shouted out loud with excitement and had reactions that I know had people staring at me. I couldn’t help it, to be honest. I can’t even remember the last time a thing like this happened to me.

While this seventh entry will definitely delight returning fans, newcomers who haven’t had the chance to watch the previous movies won’t be too lost in this one. And if you haven’t watched the previous movies, you owe it to yourselves to do it. Only the Original Trilogy is mandatory, the Prequels are sort of optional but recommended.

In closing, as I punch out these words at midnight, half-awake, eyes still wet with happy tears, I want to thank everyone involved with the production of this movie, as I believe that the franchise is in very, very good hands. May the Force be with you all.

I know I’ll be seeing an X-Wing and the Millennium Falcon hanging from my bedroom’s ceiling again before I sleep. Thank you, Episode VII.