Sunday afternoon, we met Daniel Logan at the Shrine Auditorium, where he was a guest for the Los Angeles Comic Book and SciFi Convention. Amongst Star Wars fans, the New Zealand-raised, California-based actor is best known as the young Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and, more recently, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Logan took on a character that had been surrounded by mystery since his first appearance in the Star Wars franchise. Boba Fett was a bounty hunter, that much had been established relatively early in the series, but who was he really? We couldn't help but wonder what it was like to play a character that was as iconic as he was unknown.
“It's like that boy in school who never talks,” says Logan of the role. “Most girls love him because he's just so quiet and they want to know more. That's my experience with Boba.”
The actor first portrayed Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones, when the audience learned more about the character's back story.
“I didn't really know about Star Wars or Boba Fett before I got the audition,” confesses Logan, who adds that, since then, he has become a huge fan of the franchise.
After Attack of the Clones, Logan began traveling along the convention circuit.
“These conventions are what keep our movies and our cartoons alive,” he says. “We get to engage and have conversations with people who have questions or theories about the galaxy.”
He relates conventions to his own interest in Dragon Ball Z. “I was a big fan of Dragon Ball Z, but I never had the opportunity to go and meet my favorite, Goku,” he says. When that moment finally came, Logan admits he “was geeking out.”
Given the fact that Logan is commonly associated with the prequels, one might assume that his fans are quite young. This, however, isn't the case.
“It's amazing. I've got friends in Harry Potter and we go to these conventions and all the young girls, all the young fans, go to them,” he says. “I get all the older crowd, the original fanboys and fangirls from the original movies.”
Recently, he was asked to reprise his role on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the hit Cartoon Network animated series that has brought an entirely new generation into the fandom.
“It made me feel really good after coming out and doing these conventions for so long,” he says of being asked to take part in The Clone Wars. “I thought, kind of, you get forgotten, and then you get called up one day and get an opportunity, again, of a lifetime.”
Now Logan has the chance to contribute to yet another piece of the Star Wars universe.
“We all made our own back stories, now Clone Wars is bringing those to life,” says Logan. “It's all the characters we love.”