Actor Daniel Logan says this has been the "year of Orlando." He's making his fourth trip of 2012 to Central Florida, and they've all been "Star Wars"-related missions.
Logan, who appeared as the young Boba Fett in 2002's "Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones," will help open the Orlando Science Center exhibit called "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" on Saturday.
"I'm thinking about buying an apartment and setting myself up there, I'm out there so much," joked Logan, 25. "I think I'm going to have to make it my second home."
His other trips have been for fan gatherings such as Star Wars Celebration VI and Star Wars Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios. He said he likes the events, which typically include autograph signings, Q&A sessions and other interactions. He'll mix and mingle Saturday, the first day the exhibit is open to the public at the science center.
"For the most part, I don't say no. I really enjoy doing them," he said. "I love being an ambassador for 'Star Wars.' "
His involvement with the franchise continues as Boba Fett in the animated TV series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," now in its fifth season on Cartoon Network.
"I was nervous going into it at first. I had never really done voice-over," Logan said. "If you've ever seen me, I'm more the communicator through body language and movement. … I'm a physical actor."
It got "really easy" after help from director Dave Filoni and other actors, he said.
"It feel like it's an honor that George Lucas asked me back by name to be in his franchise again and to be in the role that he gave me when I was 13," Logan said.
Although he's satisfied with his current career ("It's keeping me fed, happy and healthy"), Logan said there's more he wants to do as an actor. The native of New Zealand, who now lives in Los Angeles, has been taking classes in acting and speech to get his accent clearer "so people can understand me more," he said.
"I haven't given up on acting, but I've gone away from it for a while to concentrate on myself and the fans of 'Star Wars,' " he said. "I believe I have one more chance at this, and I want to come out with a bang, and I want to show people that that 13-year-old boy wasn't just a crazy, imaginative little boy."
firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-420-5477
'Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination'
•Where: Orlando Science Center, 777 Princeton St., Orlando.
•When: Saturday through April 7.
•Cost: $27 general, $20 ages 3-11. Admission includes access to all exhibits of the science center.
•Online: OSC.orgCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun