Daniel Logan was 13 years old when he got the role of young Boba Fett in "Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones." A decade later, the actor is voicing the character again for the animated television series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." He'll be making an appearance in the show again on March 2nd in the episode "Bounty." I had the opportunity of talking to Logan about voicing the iconic future bounty hunter.
You first appeared as young Boba Fett in "Episode II" in 2002. Here we are a decade later in 2012, and you're back voicing the character for "The Clone Wars." How does that feel?
I feel very humbled that they would even consider me for "The Clone Wars." I always wanted to be in it as I'm a big fan. I felt like the technology was just far superior to me. I never thought I'd have the opportunity to reprise the role using my voice and bring Boba Fett back to life. Not only did George Lucas give me a great opportunity with "Episode II," but now I've come back to get into this character only using my voice. That was very hard. As you see at conventions, I'm all over the place. I feel like I'm more of a physical actor than a voice actor. It's just something you have to adapt to and learn. It's awesome. I really can't put it into words. "Star Wars" has been a big influence in my life since I was 13. I get to go to conventions and still enjoy being that "13-year-old kid" again every weekend I go out. Now that I've been reintroduced to it, it's like living it all over again; besides being older, wiser, and knowing what I'm about to get and receive.
You're back in this week's episode, "Bounty." I see they have a helmet for you, although it's not your trademark one the character will come to be known by. Talk about that a little.
At this stage in his life, he's confused. He knows what he's to become more or less. He knows what his father was, but he doesn't really want to become him right now. Jango Fett was this amazing bounty hunter that was known by this outfit. When he came on the screen in "Episode II," we were all like, "Wow, there's Boba Fett's outfit!" I see it as Boba Fett's not earned the armor yet. He's still trying to mature and feeling within himself if he's at least on the path of his father. In this next episode, we see a sense of direction for this kid. It's definitely the direction that he's going to go in his future. I see this next episode as a building block to the future and what we really get to see of Boba Fett.
What can we expect from Boba this time?
We definitely see that Boba Fett is older. He has his gang back. It shows how Boba Fett met Bossk and Dengar. It shows where these characters actually came from and that he didn't just come across these people in the galaxy when he had his famous armor. These were established friends who were in his father's syndicate. They've now been brought over into Boba's syndicate. We see how he tries as a little kid to fit into the universe and find his path. He's just trying to establish himself as the leader of this group. There's also the compassionate side of him that's not what everyone expects. I think most people see him as a dark side character. I've lived with this character. He's not necessarily a bad character or a good character. He becomes a bounty hunter which is a neutral character. He's had to embrace this vengeful side after seeing Mace Windu kill his father. That's where he's stuck. We get to see him more or less confused. Is it revenge or is it a job?
What was the biggest difference between working on "Episode II" and "The Clone Wars"?
I was a 13-year-old kid with an imagination when I did "Episode II." George Lucas just asked, "Can you see that?" and pointed over somewhere in this huge warehouse building with just blue screen and green screen around. I'd be able to see it as a little boy. I feel like that's the gift we're given as children and youth. We have an imagination. I did have to use my imagination but there were semi-props around the building that gave me an eyeline or conscious place to look at in my head. One of the biggest challenges for me with "The Clone Wars" is it's all about your imagination and what you read. Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm do what they can to pull in as many actors in one room as they can to capture a natural flow. However, sometimes you might be there by yourself. When they use words in the "Star Wars" universe that aren't really fitting to the world that we live in today, it's hard to be able to imagine those things. I'm almost 25. You kind of lose that imagination about yourself which we love as children. That's what makes children so unique. Trying to find that imagination again through reading these scripts is a lot harder than what it used to be. I used to be able to pull images off a script like nothing. Now I must sit down in a quiet room and just read it over and over until these images start coming to me. That's how I'm able to use those words at that time where I am or where I think I am in the scene or situation. It's a lot more research and rehearsal time. You can't just go on and wing it. You have to make the viewer believe where you are and who you are simply through using your voice. It sounds pretty easy, but it's really hard; especially when you're not trained in it. I have to tone down all this energy I have. I go in and do the scene without forcing too much of my own personality into it because all you have is words.
It seems like for the past thirty or so years, "Star Wars" has made an impact on every generation. What do you think of that?
I've been doing conventions since I was 14 or 15. Something I realized is it doesn't matter what movie or what TV show you're on, most of the children are walked over. It's like, "Hey, how are you doing? Oh, these are your kids? Great." The kid just stands there shaking or whatever and then gets passed along as the family moves on with the rest of the day. You don't realize that these children are the future. These children are going to be the next George Lucas, Rick McCallum, and Daniel Logan. They have the same ideas and visions I have, but because of these conventions and "Star Wars" they've been given a head start on what I had when I was seven or eight years old. "The Clone Wars" series brought the kids back to life. The prequels and the originals all had their own time. They all had their own chapter and age groups that they took in through the generations. The originals took in people from all ages. You have to realize that for 16 years, they didn't really have any "Star Wars" besides what they could create through the toys and stuff like that. In 1999, Lucasfilm brought out the prequels and they have attracted a whole new generation. That introduced and brought a whole new fanbase to the world of "Star Wars." "The Clone Wars" gives kids today something to attach themselves to in the "Star Wars" universe. It's a whole different kind of universe because it's the backstories, but kids are still attracted to it. They've brought their parents, who were the original fans and maybe brought their brothers and sisters who are a little younger to see the prequels. It's like the circle of life. Everybody at any age or anywhere in the world can enjoy the "Star Wars" franchise now. "The Clone Wars" is phenomenal for the kids. I'm glad George created something like this. I love doing the conventions and being an ambassador for Star Wars.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on a smaller fun project for myself with a group called GeekNation.com. They're doing a new TV show called "Lairs." It's similar to "MTV Cribs," but instead of, "Hey, I'm this person's house and check out my TV, my car, or what's in my fridge," it's for the geek nation. We went up to the "Star Trek" production house, Rodenberry Productions, and we interviewed all of the staff. We got to see some of the original "Star Trek" props; the mobile phone Gene Rodenberry actually used; and the first computer he used which was # 00010 or something like that. It's to give back a little of myself. We go out to places like a house to show props and such. There are "Star Wars" fans that have flooded their basements or houses full of toys from top to bottom. If it sounds like something fun I can host and interview that people would love to watch we'll put it on the show. We'll hopefully be getting Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and maybe Stan Lee in the next couple of episodes. My co-host on the show is Milynn Sarley from [fangirl group] "Team Unicorn." That's it for now. I'm just trying to stay out of trouble. I'm doing a lot of fishing or water sports. If you ever think you see me in the ocean or on a boat somewhere, it's probably me with a helmet on and a jetpack [laughing].
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