Thanks to fellow sandwich eater, Jim Hattaway for finding this reddit interview of Jeremy Bulloch/Boba Fett. With the a new Star Wars coming out I thought this would be great time to share this post with you.
I have watched all the Star Wars movies and am super excited for the latest release, but I wanted someone who would do this post some justice. I asked my friend Brian Keese Jr. if he wanted to help me out and do a guest blog post. I know he is super excited for the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens coming out on Friday, December 18th.
Thanks BJ for the help. Enjoy his post everyone.
There are a number of iconic faces in the Star Wars franchise, from Harrison Ford to Mark Hamill to Carrie Fisher. But just as famous as these actors and their characters, are a number of others whose faces we never see. Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and a couple droids found in a Jawa trading vessel are just as important to the Star Wars fandom. Another character who is well-loved by any Star Wars die-hard also goes the duration of his time in the original trilogy without showing his face. It’s everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett, portrayed in the original trilogy by Jeremy Bulloch.
A British actor with roles in Doctor Who and Robin of Sherwood, Bulloch will always be best known for his time behind a mask as the notorious gun for hire who helps the Empire capture Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back, and then unceremoniously falls to his apparent death in Return of the Jedi’s Sarlacc Pit. You may not know that Bulloch was finally given a chance to reveal his face in 2005’s Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, not as Fett, but as Jeremoch Colton, a pilot from Alderaan with a first name that’s a mashup of the actor’s own.
As a child who grew up as the son of a Star Wars fan (thanks mom!) I was familiar with the work of Boba Fett from a young age. When friends and I played Star Wars in the backyard, those with the lightsabers were always the jedi, and whoever got the blaster had the honor of being Boba Fett. We always admired him as a character, and knew he must have been pretty savvy to survive so long in a world where Imperial strictness and the ways of the Jedi Order made living so precarious. We always scoffed at how he was dispatched in Return of the Jedi, secretly hoping, and believing, that he’d somehow made it out of that pit alive once the dust settled.
Sitting here now, watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars as I write up this post, I’m struck by how much the epic of Star Wars has become a part of my life. Now that the new trilogy and spin off films are bringing about a new ‘awakening’ for a younger generation of fans, I can’t wait to see what is in store. In addition to the main films, we’ve already been promised other standalone films dealing with some of the more iconic characters and stories in the galaxy, such as Han Solo, Rogue Squadron, and yes, Boba Fett as well. The Mandalorian bounty hunter should be getting his own film, and while it’s unknown if Bulloch will be involved i the project, it’s because of his portrayal of the character that such a project is even viable. Knowing Disney, they will attempt to show the gun-for-hire Fett in a more sympathetic light. Perhaps this will help bring more fans over, not to the light or dark side, but to the Fett side of the Force.
Want to read his Reddit interview? Check it out HERE