Robert Rodriguez Opens Up About Directing The Mandalorian: Chapter 14

“It was SO fun, you can’t imagine what it’s like to walk on a set that has the classic look of The Empire Strikes Back feel and look”

With the promotional campaign for his new Netflix movie, We Can Be Heroes in full swing, director Robert Rodriguez discussed his last-minute appointment as a director on The Mandalorian Chapter 14 (read our review) and reflected on walking onto a set that triggered such a strong feeling of nostalgia.

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The Mandalorian Chapter 14 (Image courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm)

Here’s an excerpt:

“I’m friends with Jon Favreau and he needed a last-minute replacement for a director, and so I said, ‘Sure, I’ll come play in the Star Wars universe!’ What a dream. And it’s fulfilled all my… it’s beyond my expectations, I mean, it was SO fun, you can’t imagine what it’s like to walk on a set that has the classic look of The Empire Strikes Back feel and look. It’s right after that era, right after the Return of the Jedi. It’s that era. So you really feel like you just walked into your childhood.

“All of a sudden you go up and touch things and go, ‘That’s the thing that Han Solo talked into when he shot the machine and told the stormtroopers not to come up’. I was like, ‘Wow, I thought I recognised that!’ It’s just a really strange, exhilarating experience to be in your childhood sets for real. And getting to make action! It’s really cool… The visual language is so embedded in our heads. So I have one of those [selfies] ‘Look, it’s me next to a control panel, isn’t that cool?’. It was so fun.”

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The Mandalorian Chapter 14 (Image courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm)

Given his appointment was a last gasp roll of the dice, the move worked out spectacularly. Although we have no idea who he replaced in the director’s chair, his installment has gone down as one of the best episodes of the series to date.  Directing the long-overdue return of Boba Fett would ordinarily be a daunting task for the best of them, but Robert Rodriguez grabbed the bull by the horns and delivered something truly memorable.

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