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T.J. Miller on his Boba Fett obsessed character in Ready Player One

05.16.2017

T.J. Miller Ready Player One Boba Fett

Next year will be a big one for T.J. Miller, not only will he be reprising his role of Wade Wilson's best friend in David Leitch's DEADPOOL sequel, but he'll also be a part of Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One." Miller's character in READY PLAYER ONE was created especially for him and the actor spilled a few details about his role, including his character's obsession with Boba Fett, while speaking with Fandango.

I’m not in the book. Some plot points are different, but I’m the only new character. I play i-R0k and basically I am a funny, or at least mildly amusing, Boba Fett. In the OASIS, I am a better player than Aech or Daito or any of those guys. I am sort of unequivocally the best bounty hunter, but I work freelance. While all the Sixers work for IOI and Sorrento, he has to commission me and I get an incredibly high fee to either find people and kill them or make them starve in the game.

T.J. Miller went on to say that his character actually "wants to be Boba Fett. Like that’s his hero, his idol, which isn’t far off for many Star Wars fans, myself included." This isn't merely a simple obsession as Miller actually went out of his way to mimic Boba Fett's voice, adding that he "used the British actor’s voice instead of the f***ing Australian’s from the prequels – Lucas, you son of a bitch! – and so, I think it’s actually a really fun character." We've still got almost a year to go until READY PLAYER ONE hits theaters, but T.J. Miller is certain that it will be unlike anything we've seen before.

While I’m positive that acting will be good and I like all the people he got – even though they’re younger kids – nothing in the world will have ever looked like this. Basically, it looks like a video game when not in the real world. And because it’s Steven Spielberg, it looks better than any video game on the market. Because of his access and resources, Gears of War and f***ing Call of Duty can’t even touch it. I think they’re inventing new technology for it. So, yeah, I’m excited for 2018.

READY PLAYER ONE is set for a March 30, 2018 release.

Source: Fandango

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12:56PM on 05/18/2017
Miller is hilarious, but I wonder why they changed the i-Rok character. First, as people have explained, he isn't new to the book. So, I have to wonder why he was expanded into a bigger character. Perhaps they thought he was a little too throw away in the book? He does just kind of disappear after being given such a decent sized useless chunk in the book.

On another note, looking forward to this. The book was enjoyable, if not totally great. Should make for a fun adventure film. And if
Miller is hilarious, but I wonder why they changed the i-Rok character. First, as people have explained, he isn't new to the book. So, I have to wonder why he was expanded into a bigger character. Perhaps they thought he was a little too throw away in the book? He does just kind of disappear after being given such a decent sized useless chunk in the book.

On another note, looking forward to this. The book was enjoyable, if not totally great. Should make for a fun adventure film. And if anyone can make the movie happen, it's Spielberg.
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9:25AM on 05/17/2017

Too Bad, Liked The Book

Can't stand T.J. Miller. As a comedian, he sucks. He was OK in Deadpool but I'm hoping his part in RPO is small enough that it doesn't ruin the movie.
Can't stand T.J. Miller. As a comedian, he sucks. He was OK in Deadpool but I'm hoping his part in RPO is small enough that it doesn't ruin the movie.
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6:31AM on 05/17/2017

Huh?

Last time I checked there was a character named i-Rok in the book. He was really annoying (good fit for Miller) and not in it much, but he was there. I'm guessing they just expanded his part. On another note the book was way overrated, just another generic loser to hero story with a bunch of Wikipedia entries about 80s culture pasted in.
Last time I checked there was a character named i-Rok in the book. He was really annoying (good fit for Miller) and not in it much, but he was there. I'm guessing they just expanded his part. On another note the book was way overrated, just another generic loser to hero story with a bunch of Wikipedia entries about 80s culture pasted in.
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9:33AM on 05/17/2017
The book told a very smart and relevant story. It was basically about a nostalgic obsessed society ignoring the real world which was falling apart around them. There are often shocking parallels to the nostalgic obsession and celebrity worship we see today. The book never once let it's social commentary overshadow the fun adventure, but don't let its subtleties fool you. The book has far more going for it than most modern sci-fi.
The book told a very smart and relevant story. It was basically about a nostalgic obsessed society ignoring the real world which was falling apart around them. There are often shocking parallels to the nostalgic obsession and celebrity worship we see today. The book never once let it's social commentary overshadow the fun adventure, but don't let its subtleties fool you. The book has far more going for it than most modern sci-fi.
9:53AM on 05/17/2017
Yea, when he name dropped i-Rok I was almost positive that is a character in the book - which like you said is the perfect fit for Miller.

Have to disagree about the quality of the book. While some of it is pretty cliche, I thought it was at least a unique sci-fi story. And I think pretty much any action/adventure story follows a typical hero's journey (loser to hero).
Yea, when he name dropped i-Rok I was almost positive that is a character in the book - which like you said is the perfect fit for Miller.

Have to disagree about the quality of the book. While some of it is pretty cliche, I thought it was at least a unique sci-fi story. And I think pretty much any action/adventure story follows a typical hero's journey (loser to hero).
3:31PM on 05/17/2017
Sorry Silverload, you're completely off. The main characters were the ones that were obsessed with nostalgia, not society. The game was popular because it let people get away from the dump that the world turned into, not the other way around. Yes the themes about advancement in tech and people being obsessed more with their virtual world, along with a crumbling planet and class warfare are relevant, but nothing new. This was not a well written book despite what the nostalgia obsessed dorks
Sorry Silverload, you're completely off. The main characters were the ones that were obsessed with nostalgia, not society. The game was popular because it let people get away from the dump that the world turned into, not the other way around. Yes the themes about advancement in tech and people being obsessed more with their virtual world, along with a crumbling planet and class warfare are relevant, but nothing new. This was not a well written book despite what the nostalgia obsessed dorks like to say.
12:50PM on 05/18/2017
Actually, Sirdan, society is obsessed with nostalgic 80's culture. Yes, the main characters go further because of their desire to know everything about Halliday and his own obsession with the 80's, but the book even describes how 80's culture became popular again because of Halliday,
Actually, Sirdan, society is obsessed with nostalgic 80's culture. Yes, the main characters go further because of their desire to know everything about Halliday and his own obsession with the 80's, but the book even describes how 80's culture became popular again because of Halliday,
10:23PM on 05/16/2017
Hey, TJ! Temuera Morrison is a New Zealander, not a f***ing Australian, you asshole.
Hey, TJ! Temuera Morrison is a New Zealander, not a f***ing Australian, you asshole.
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7:42PM on 05/16/2017

STOP ADDING CHARACTERS!!

No new characters are needed for this movie. Why can't these adaptations stay true to the material, same with comic books. It's written out for them already, copy and paste it....
No new characters are needed for this movie. Why can't these adaptations stay true to the material, same with comic books. It's written out for them already, copy and paste it....
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10:28PM on 05/16/2017
Agreed. This character is pointless. Just an excuse to have Boba Fett and for Spielberg to work with Miller. Just follow the source material, it was great already.
Agreed. This character is pointless. Just an excuse to have Boba Fett and for Spielberg to work with Miller. Just follow the source material, it was great already.
9:55AM on 05/17/2017
Not sure if this is a new character though, pretty sure i-Rok is a character in the book. Just sounds like Miller doesn't quite know what the hell he is talking about...
Not sure if this is a new character though, pretty sure i-Rok is a character in the book. Just sounds like Miller doesn't quite know what the hell he is talking about...
11:58AM on 05/17/2017
He is a character, but a pretty minor one that just showed up in one of their chat like rooms and tried to sound intelligent, but wasn't. However, they are beefing his character up into something else, that isn't needed.
He is a character, but a pretty minor one that just showed up in one of their chat like rooms and tried to sound intelligent, but wasn't. However, they are beefing his character up into something else, that isn't needed.
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