Our friends at JediNews.co.uk have posted their first part of a 2 part interview with director of The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni. Click here to check it out and see below for an excerpt.
JN: What would you consider to be your greatest contribution so far to what you’ve done with the Clone Wars and if you could pick one thing and say “Hey, that was mine!” what would you say that is at the moment?
DF: I was talking about that with some of the gang here since we had your questions and we all came up with different answers to that. I think it runs counter to me to say “Hey that’s mine!” because I like to think of it as such a big collaboration of everybody. Star Wars really to me is George’s thing and I try to make that happen, but I definitely think, and it’s been well documented, Plo Koon probably. I don’t know that he would have turned up in the series at this point if I wasn’t on board because I really pushed for that early on, not to be a major influence in the Clone Wars serial but just to get him in there. When I see a Lego figure of Plo Koon out, I kinda chuckle to myself and go “well I always wanted that figure and they weren’t making it so now I guess I kinda forced the issue”.
JN: That was the next question I was going to ask you. From the trailers, obviously Plo Koon was in there but how much of a role does he play within Clone Wars and within the series?
DF: I really can’t say much specifically at this point, except to say that we’ve all been pretty happy with how he’s developed as a character and that’s one of the neat things we get to do, not just with Plo Koon but with a lot of the Jedis, to show what kind of a character they really are and a little bit more about them than just them swinging swords and that’s really a fun thing to do – I talk about it with George when we do it to make sure it’s what he wanted, and it’s fun – I’m really happy with Plo Koon’s character and I guess you’d hope I would be and I’m really excited about it.
JN: Obviously his role would have been less without you.
DF: Yeah – probably non-existent. I keep joking with George about how he killed him in Revenge of the Sith and he should get a parachute in the special edition but he hasn’t budgeted on that yet [i.e. when Plo Koon Starfighter was shot down in Revenge of the Sith, Plo was wearing a parachute so he actually survived].