One of the earliest rumors to surface about EPISODE I months before its release was that Anakin would be involved in a fight with one of the street kids and possibly one of his friends. The rumor was in fact true but the scene was cut.
Now, just who Anakin was to fight changed quite often and perhaps that was one of the reasons the scene was cut. Some of the earliest information I had acquired on the film listed the scene as Anakin fights with Seek. That's actually from a call sheet so that scene might have actually been filmed! Seek is the young boy played by Oliver Walpole who talks to Anakin about him becoming "bug squash" one day - which is in the film.
Then, to my surprise I was sent this first picture depicting Anakin pounding on a Rodian. My first thought was that Seek was actually a Rodian but that was wrong. Then we heard about Wald the Rodian friend of Anakin played by Warwick Davis. Was that Wald he was pounding on in the picture? It was hard to tell before seeing the film. The Rodian in the picture looked a little taller and different from Wald as he was seen in the film.
After looking a little more carefully at the shooting schedule, I noticed there was a scene described as "Anakin fights with Kitster." I thought that was weird, but there it was. Then to complicate things even more, in the Illustrated Screenplay, we find out that this Rodian Anakin is beating on is actually a younger version of Greedo!
Here's a bit from the Episode I Insider's Guide CD-ROM:
In the revised second draft, Anakin tussles with a boy named Seek. When Qui-Gon arrives, he warns the boy that "inflicting pain is not an effective agent of change." The character of Seek later became one of Anakin's friends, although he still teases Skywalker.
So here's what I think happened (speculation alert): It was originally to be Kitster but they changed that because Kitster was probably too good of a friend or something. They changed it to Seek because he was more of a sarcastic little bugger. Wald probably never was in the fight at all, although he is in the scene. The only reason I brought him up was because of the picture. Then, somewhere along the line, either George or someone else had the idea to have Anakin beat up a Rodian and make it so that the guy is really the same sharpshooting Greedo that Han blows away in the original STAR WARS. Then, after all that mess, they decided to drop the scene altogether. That's my theory anyhow.
Here's the Illustrated Screenplay version which takes place after Qui-Gon heads back to Mos Espa for Anakin.
EXT. TATOOINE - STREET - SLAVE QUARTERS - DAY
ANAKIN and a GREEDO are rolling around on the ground, fighting. About A DOZEN OR SO KIDS are standing around them, yelling. Suddenly, a long shadow is cast over the TWO BOYS; they stop fighting and look up. QUI-GON is towering over them. KITSTER is with him.
He said I cheated.
Do you still think he cheated?
Well, Annie. You know the truth...
You will have to tolerate his opinion,
fighting won't change it.
QUI-GON moves off down the street. Anakin follows. GREEDO wanders over to WALD who has been watching the goings-on.
Keep this up, Greedo,
and you're gonna come to a bad end.
Farther down the street, QUI-GON and ANAKIN head towards Anakin's hovel. QUI-GON takes a handful of credits from beneath his poncho and hands them to the boy.
These are yours. We sold the Pod.
(suddenly beaming) Yes!
Fortunately, this scene made its way onto the EPISODE I DVD! Download the file below or even better, check it out on the DVD itself.