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Old 10-15-2013, 07:08 PM   #643
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Had to split it in 2, here's the rest of it:

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StarWars.com: Gregor’s Gerry Cheevers-style helmet.

Dave Filoni:
Boston won the [Stanley] Cup when we were designing it. And I thought, it’s a great visual. Anyone who’s played hockey knows Gerry Cheevers’ mask. By most accounts, it was one of the first ways that goalies started to paint their masks. I played goalie because you got a mask, and there was always such a strong correlation there to me with Stormtroopers and helmets. So I thought it was kind of just a natural nod to that, and I didn’t think Mr. Cheevers would mind, and I think Boston people got a big kick out of it. The thing too is, a lot of people don’t even know. They would see it and not even think anything, which is kind of tragic to me. [Laughs] So if putting that out there has some kid look it up and then they find a picture of Gerry Cheevers, I think that’s cool. You know, why not? That just goes back… I grew up in Pittsburgh and I painted goalie masks as my summer job.

StarWars.com: Is Gerry Cheevers aware of the tribute?

Dave Filoni:
I don’t think so. I mean, maybe if he’s a big Star Wars fan, but I doubt it. I don’t think he’d watch Clone Wars. But who knows, maybe some Boston fan brought it up and he was like, “What are you talking about?” [Laughs]

StarWars.com: I know you’re a Penguins fan. I should let you know I’m a big Rangers fan.

Dave Filoni:
Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. That’s terrible. I like [Henrik] Lundqvist, though. Lundqvist’s a great goalie.

StarWars.com: Is there any chance, since you like Henrik Lundqvist, we could get a “King Henrik” in the show somewhere?

Dave Filoni:
[Laughs] He’d have to do something significant like win the Cup, which is just not gonna happen. [Laughs] It’s not gonna happen!

StarWars.com: He won the Vezina!

Dave Filoni:
Well, that’s nice. Someone wins it every year.



StarWars.com: “The Gathering,” in which young Jedi have to find their lightsaber crystals, and the depiction of lightsaber construction.

Dave Filoni:
“The Gathering” really, I think, was George’s effort to clarify the way he felt Jedi got their lightsabers, and he felt that it was something that happened when they were very young. He definitely threw us all a curve when told us that the crystals don’t have a color until the Jedi actually have them. And then I thought that that was really interesting. That’s one of those things that only comes from George, when you’re going to the mind of the Star Wars encyclopedia. It makes sense, because if an average person goes in that cave, there’s tons of ice and tons of crystals and you can’t tell the difference between them. It’s almost like a defense mechanism. But when a Jedi is in tune with one, the one that calls to them, they can find it. And then when they have it, it basically will make a blade when it’s bent a certain color. I thought that was one of the nice revelations there.

I also liked that it was a very spiritual thing. The threat in that cave is basically only what you take with you, which is exactly what Yoda tells Luke. It makes sense for these very young children.

It’s come up since then. I’ve been asked, “So what do Jedi do if they lose their lightsaber later?” Well, A) they’re not supposed to lose their lightsaber, but B) there are enough lightsabers that have gone from fallen Jedi over the many, many, many years, that they actually have lightsaber crystals at the Temple. So they don’t have to actually go all the way back out to Illum to get one, and because it’s a fallen Jedi they can actually use that crystal and it will work for them.

The whole attunement and everything is just a special moment for them as a child to get in tune with the Force. It’s not so much being in tune with your lightsaber. That’s a big thing that we all make a mistake on, is that we get very attached to our lightsabers. [Laughs] “Oh my gosh, I have to have one.” But remember, they’re Jedi. A lightsaber is just a thing. It’s not Excalibur, it’s not like an ultimately super-special thing. It is to us, because we make it a symbol when we watch the movie and Luke is given his father’s lightsaber. That lightsaber is a little more meaningful because it was his father’s. But you notice when Luke loses it…

StarWars.com: He doesn’t freak out.

Dave Filoni:
He doesn’t go on some journey down in Cloud City to go get his lightsaber, and he doesn’t even super-lament the fact that he lost his lightsaber. I mean, we were probably more upset as kids that he lost his lightsaber. [Laughs] All those things kind of came up in our telling of the tale of lightsabers, and George had a lot of thoughts about that. It all comes back to selfish versus selflessness. That’s always a key thing when dealing with Jedi and Sith, and I think that’s expressed in “The Gathering.”



Stay tuned for part two of StarWars.com’s interview with Dave Filoni!

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