Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Always A Pleasure To Meet A Jedi

Right before the big fight scene in AOTC between Jango Fett and Obi-Wan, the two have a tense conversation in Fett’s Kamino quarters. Obi-Wan questions Jango, who he just learns was the progenitor for this secret army being produced at Kamino. It’s also obvious that Obi-Wan believes Fett had something to do with the assassination attempt on Padme earlier in the film. Fett is of course evasive in his answers. There’s practically lightning shooting at each other from their eyes and the stormy weather outside only underscores the tension. Fett doesn’t like Jedi and Obi-Wan knows Fett is lying to him. Yet they’re unfailing polite to one another. It’s another scene that depends mostly on the writing and acting and Ewan McGregor and Temuera Morrison do a great job playing off one another. I also love the dialogue, with such winning lines as “I’m a simple man trying to make his way in the universe” which Fett is indeed doing, just not in a nice way, and “Always a pleasure to meet a Jedi.” The overall rhythm of the scene was perfect. A bonus is young Daniel Logan’s Boba Fett, who can’t even disguise his suspicion of Obi-Wan. The whole scene lets us know this simple man is the deadly bounty hunter working for Count Dooku and it sets up the physical confrontation to come.

A hilarious aside: the audience had to see Fett’s armor so that we all know for certain he’s the guy Obi-Wan is searching for. Jango tries to be calm, though he can barely contain his alarm at the fact his armor is sitting there in the open closet. He tells Boba in what I suppose is the Mandalorian language to close the door. When I first saw the film, I wasn’t sure if Obi-Wan understood Jango or not but I was sure he probably got a glimpse of that armor. In light of The Clone Wars and its revelations about Obi-Wan’s time on Mandalore and his sorta romance with its former leader, I’m certain he understood what was said. Hee hee!

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3 Responses to “Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Always A Pleasure To Meet A Jedi”

  1. Morgan Cherney Says:

    According to Ben Burtt in the commentary, Obi-Wan did indeed spot the armor, and Jango knows he did, which is why Jango told Boba to close the door, in his language. I seem to recall him teasing at the fact that if Obi-Wan saw the armor, why not just arrest him right there? lol

    also in the commentary, i liked how, i think it was Rick McCallum, teased at the notion that, and i’m paraphrasing, “how does Obi-Wan plant to take Jango, in that tiny starfighter? tie him to the front? stuff him in the rumple seat? we don’t know, and fortunately we didn’t have to explain it.”

    Note that this amusement isn’t me saying “so many mistakes, what a sucky film,” ALL films have mistakes like that, and i can take amusement in that. 😉

  2. peacetrainjedi Says:

    Temuera Morrison’s voice is epic in every way. He embodies the perfect bounty hunter, mysterious character. I can’t imagine a better actor for the part.

    I only hope that when the (inevitable) introduction of Boba Fett happens in either an episodic or spin-off film, they use Temuera for an older Fett and Daniel for any young adult incarnation of the character. I would love to see a Jango Fett spinoff film, but Boba would almost certainly be the first one up.

    Temuera and Daniel certainly are eager for a return to the live-action Star Wars galaxy according to this video, so here’s hoping. 🙂

  3. buick runner Says:

    This scene is like something from a James Bond film. You know those scenes where Bond uses an alias to speak with the villan for the first time and both sides know they are lying to each and both know that the other knows this. Yet they keep being polite and calm to each other in a standoff.

    I also like the scene where Jango bumps his head entering the Slave 1, explaining where the Stormtroopers get that trait from.

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