Boba Fett actor revels in cult of Star Wars baddie
Posted 22 July 2007 - 04:13 PM
Monday, July 16, 2007 - By Robin Millard, LONDON, AFP
Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett has such a cult following that even actor Jeremy Bulloch is astonished at his mysterious, scum-of-the-universe baddie's enduring popularity.
The well-spoken Englishman behind the battle-scarred helmet is amazed at the way his fringe character has become a firm fans' favorite.
Dozens of websites are dedicated to the cool gunslinger and Fett memorabilia are among the most expensive stuff traded among fans.
Even Star Wars creator George Lucas admits that had he known how popular Bulloch's character would prove to be, he would have given him more screen time and even contemplated showing him escape his apparent death scene.
All this for a shadowy figure whose face remains hidden, is never referred to by name, has 28 words and barely a couple of minutes' screen time in the original film trilogy.
"Boba Fett is huge all around the world. He's this iconic character, it's quite bizarre," Bulloch told AFP at Star Wars Celebration Europe, the giant official convention celebrating 30 years of Lucas's alternative galaxy.
"I think he became a cult figure when they re-released the films in 1997. It gave a resurgence and people started to watch more of what Boba Fett was up to."
Bulloch's Fett is a notorious bounty hunter hired by Darth Vader to hunt down Han Solo in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980).
The no-nonsense, ruthless figure takes Solo's frozen body to the slug-like gangster Jabba the Hutt, and meets his apparent end in "Return of the Jedi" (1983) when he falls into the tentacles of a Sarlaac, a vile creature which slowly digests its prey.
"It was a fun character to play," said the white-haired 62-year-old.
"When I was filming 'Empire' I was working in the theatre at the same time.
"I thought, 'Well this is great, my kids will see me as this strange bounty hunter. I don't know what it's all about'; you don't think about what's going to happen when the film comes out.
"But when I went to see the film, I thought, 'Actually this looks quite good. I haven't got a lot in it, but what a cool character!' I quite liked that."
Bulloch reckons film-goers always love a silent baddie.
"What they do remember is the bit where Boba Fett nods to Princess Leia as she comes in disguised as a fellow bounty hunter.
"A lot of the way he holds his gun, the way he cradles it, the way he stands, the way he tilts his head to one side, little bits like that you put in yourself and hope it gets noticed. You say this is the way I think the character should be."
Bulloch -- who also appeared as gadget king Q's assistant Smithers in the James Bond films "For Your Eyes Only" (1981) and "Octopussy" (1983) -- relished the chance to play the cool hardman.
"I've normally played the guy who gets sand kicked in his face, the nice boy next door who never gets his own back in the end. This was a bad-ass so it was a nice occasion to play the bad guy," he said.
The bit-part role has overshadowed the rest of Bulloch's 50-year stage and screen career, but he has no problem forever being linked to the part.
He happily signs autographs for queues of the estimated 50,000 fans attending Celebration Europe at London's ExCeL exhibition center, one of the many Star Wars-related events that now dominate much of his time.
"I accept life as the man behind the mask of Boba Fett. I'm very proud to have been a part of Star Wars," he said.
"I've done a lot of other work but why not talk about Boba Fett?
"It's quite fun when you go for an interview and they say, 'If you don't get this part, could you sign a photograph for my son who's a huge Boba Fett fan?' And this is a guy who is a director or a producer!
"So you sometimes think, are you going in for an interview just on the promise that you'll give a photograph?"
Posted 23 July 2007 - 09:49 AM
Which one is Boba Fett?
He's the one who took Han Solo to Jabba the Hut in Empire Strikes Back
Posted 23 July 2007 - 10:28 AM
Posted 23 July 2007 - 10:38 AM
Ah i know, ish....is jabba that really fat thing that looks like it has a 10 ft bunion on its belly.
Yeap that's Jabba!
Posted 23 July 2007 - 10:52 AM
Posted 23 July 2007 - 05:05 PM
Jeremy Bull och birthday is February ,16,1945
born in market Harborough Leicester England
more rolls for him
Posted 28 July 2007 - 04:53 AM
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siggy by p0is0n0us @ galactica.com
Posted 26 October 2007 - 09:42 AM