The new Book of Boba Fett series on Disney Plus not only brings back the classic Bounty Hunter that kids in the 1980s thought was one of the coolest Star Wars characters ever made, but also the fan favorite actor Temuera Morrison. Originally cast as Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones, he later became the face and voice of many of the clone troopers like Commander Cody in Revenge of the Sith, since the clones were cloned from his DNA. Morrison now returns to the franchise as Boba Fett, the clone “son” of Jango. So far the series has received a mixed reception from fans, some positive and some negative. But one issue some people have is also shared with the leading man himself.
The New Zealand born actor recently spoke win an interview with NME about one issue he had with the portrayal of the character, the fact that he spoke a lot more than he traditionally did in either Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi:
“I was not very successful, I was hoping not to say as much as I have already in the first two episodes. I speak far too much. In fact, in the beginning, I was trying to pass my lines on to Ming-Na Wen. I said: ‘Excuse me director, I really feel that Ming-Na should say these lines, cause I wanna stay mysterious. I wanna stay quiet.’. “
The actor also recalled phoning staff writer Noah Floor while Jon Favreau was away in Atlanta:
“I said: ‘Noah, this scene tomorrow. I’m talking too much! This Boba Fett doesn’t talk this much. Look, I’ve got all these paragraphs. I think we should get rid of it and Jon’s going to Atlanta so don’t tell him!’ Then, that morning on set, I get a call from Atlanta: ‘Jon wants you to say all that dialogue. We’ll cut it out later.’ So he was even keeping an eye on us from all areas.“
The character was usually seen as a secretive and reserved character with a mysterious past. The lack of his face and having only a few words made him more intimidating as you were unable to see his face or read his body language before he struck. But now his helmet is off quite a lot and he does speak quite a lot. He resembles the Boba Fett we saw in the Star Wars Holiday Special more than the one we saw in Original Trilogy. This can be seen as a turn-off to the character with some fans wishing he had stayed dead, similar to all the fans who think Darth Maul should have stayed dead.
As the series goes forward hopefully the character will resemble his older self. But only time will tell. Showrunner Robert Rodriguez seems to have a particular vision for where to take the show compared to Favreau and Filoni on The Mandalorian.
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