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Quotes for
Centauri (Character)
from The Last Starfighter (1984)

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The Last Starfighter (1984)
Rylan Bursar: Return the money, Centauri.
Centauri: Return the money? Are you delirious? Do you know how long it took to invent the games? To merchandise them? To get them in the stores by Christmas?
Grig: It must be terribly embarrassing for you and I do sympathize, however...
Centauri: But I saw him fight! He could be the greatest Starfighter ever!
Alex Rogan: That was just a game, Centauri!
Centauri: A game! Well, you may thought it was a game, but it was also a test. Aha, a test. Sent out across the universe to find those with the gift to be Starfighters. And here you are, my boy! Here you are!
Alex Rogan: Right, here I am, about to be killed
Centauri: Killed! You don't seriously think it's dangerous, do you? Don't be silly! Trust me!

Alex Rogan: Store's closed, mister.
Centauri: I'm not here for cigarettes or bubble gum, my boy. Can you tell me the name of the person who broke the record on that game over there, and where I might find him?
Alex Rogan: Alex Rogan, and you're looking at him.
Centauri: Alex Rogan. Ha ha ha!
Alex Rogan: Who are you?
Centauri: Centauri's the name. I invented Starfighter, which is why I'm here.
Alex Rogan: It is?
Centauri: It is. We have to talk about a matter of utmost importance. Step into my office.
[gestures toward the back seat of his car]
Centauri: Step into my office.

Centauri: [voice in video game] Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.

Centauri: The amusing thing about this, it's all a big mistake. *That* particular Starfighter game was supposed to be delivered to Vegas, not some flea-speck trailer park in the middle of tumbleweeds and tarantulas. So it must be fate, destiny, blind chance, luck even, that brings us together. And as the poet said, "the rest is history".
Alex Rogan: Where are you going? Where are you taking me?
Centauri: I told you, I want to save it for a surprise. Hey, are you the kind of kid who reads the last page of a mystery first? Who pesters the magician to tell you his tricks? Who sneaks downstairs to peek at his Christmas presents? Noooo, of course you're not.
[singsong voice]
Centauri: That's why I'm not gonna tell you!
Alex Rogan: Oh, God.
Centauri: Besides, I just love surprises, don't you?

Rylan Bursar: [disgustedly] Rrrr... E sanchay!
Centauri: E sanchay? Onee mat swella! Preeta! Preeta!
Alex Rogan: Centauri, what's going on here?
Centauri: He's just saying how delighted he is that you're here, and if there's anything he can do make your stay more enjoyable, just give him a ring.
Alex Rogan: My stay! What are you talking about? Where are we?
Centauri: Welcome to Rylos, my boy!
Alex Rogan: Rylos! Wait a min-... you mean, you mean... like the game?
Centauri: Oh, he's quick! He's quick! He's very quick! He's speechless! So long, Alex! Have fun! May the luck of the Seven Pillars of Gulu be with you at all times!
[muttering]
Centauri: Oh, someday these cheapskates will thank Centauri, trust me.

Centauri: Alex! Alex! You're walking away from history! History, Alex! Did Chris Columbus stay home? Nooooo. What if the Wright Brothers thought that only birds should fly? And did Galoka think that the Ulus were too ugly to save?
Alex Rogan: Who's Galoka?
Centauri: Never mind.
Alex Rogan: Listen, Centauri. I'm not any of those guys, I'm a kid from a trailer park.
Centauri: If that's what you think, then that's all you'll ever be!

Centauri: I must congratulate you on your virtuoso performance, my boy. Centauri is impressed. I've seen 'em come, and I've seen 'em go, but you're the best, my boy. Dazzling! Light years ahead of the competition! Centauri's got a little proposition for you. Are ya interested?

Centauri: Alex, I want you to know that it was for the greatest good that I brought you back. Of course... it never hurts to be rich.
[dies]

Centauri: [to Alex, after watching Xur's speech] You still want to go? And miss all the excitement?

Centauri: Get a good look, Alex, you can bet your asteroids you'll be seeing more of them
[refering to a dead Zando-Zan sent to kill Alex Rogan]
Alex Rogan: What?
Centauri: This is a Zando-Zan. An interstellar hit-beast. Courtesy of Xur.
Alex Rogan: Xur? Why's he after me?
Centauri: Somehow he found out you're a Starfighter.
Beta: You see, Alex, you've gotta go back. You stay here, you're dog meat.
Centauri: Trust Centauri on this, my boy. Because in two hours, this park will be crawling with ten Zando-Zans, with just one thought on their microscopic little minds: kill Alex Rogan.

Alex Rogan: Centauri! I thought you were dead.
Centauri: Me, die? And miss all the excitement? Ha-ha, no. I was merely dormant while my body repaired itself. Ah well, enough with the details. Suffice it to say, you're on Rylos, my boy. Stop thinking human, that's lesson number one. Lesson number two...
[leans in]
Centauri: You've got a good thing going here. Keep smiling, don't blow it. Lesson number three: Always trust Centauri...

Centauri: [driving the Starcar back to Earth, muttering to himself] Little brat. I invent the game, find the kid, drag him up there, and he doesn't wanna be a Starfighter. I give up!