When George Lucas created the first installment of the Star Wars Franchise in 1977 titled Star Wars (later renamed, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope), he definitely didn’t expect it to ever gross a whopping $775 million at the box office; neither did he expect it to survive for over 40 years, but it did. Following the success of the original Star Wars movie, two sequels titled The Empire Strikes and The Last Jedi – released in 1980 and 1983 respectively, were equally successful, thus, making the Star Wars Franchise a global phenomenon and paving way for the release of other sequels such as The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002, Revenge of the Sith (2005), Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) and most recently, Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017). Besides its compelling storyline, the movie is loved by most for its wide array of characters. One of such characters is Boba Fett, a bounty hunter who won the hearts of fans for his silent demeanor and armory.
Without further ado, let’s get on a journey of words with the intent of revealing more than what meets the eye about Boba Fett in Star Wars and what led to the death of his character.
Who Played Boba Fett in Star Wars?
Want to know how Boba Fett was introduced into the Star Wars franchise? This is the most straight forward answer you will ever get. It all began after the release of Star Wars, during which talks of a sequel became rife. In 1978, an animation titled Star Wars Holiday Special was released, marking the first appearance of Boba Fett as a bounty hunter for Darth Vadar. Although the movie received negative reviews, it achieved its aim of introducing Boba Fett who would go on to make a series of appearances in subsequent Star Wars movies. He eventually became a fan favorite owing to his notoriety and brutality which earned him the respect of the very fierce gangster Jabba Desilijic Tiure.
That being said, the character of Boba Fett was played by English actor Jeremy Bulloch. Born on February 16, 1945, Bulloch always had that desire to be an actor right from his childhood, as a result, he enrolled in the Corona Stage Academy so as to refine his talent. Despite making his first professional appearance in a 1957 TV commercial, he kept true to his hustle, scoring his first credited role three years later on the Television show titled Counter Attack in which he played the role of Terry Benson. He was given the role of Boba Fett by his half brother Robert Watts who as an associate producer on The Empire Strikes tasked with the responsibility of finding someone who would fit into the suits created for Boba Fett; a suit which Bulloch later described as “uncomfortable and very heavy”.
Unknown to most people, several individuals also played the role of Boba Fett in some scenes of Star Wars. John Morton played the role in a scene of Empire Strike Back. Don Bies and Nelson Hall both played few scenes as Boba Fett in the Special Edition of Episode VI.
How Did The Boba Fett Character Die?
If Boba Fett is remembered for anything, it’s for his lethality, brutality, and ease at which he kills anyone who he is asked to kill by Galaxy boss Jabba the Hutt. Sworn to the code of no attachment (no friends no distractions) Boba lives like a true killing machine focused solely on tracking down and killing bounties. On several instances, he looked unkillable, but if there is anything you should learn from Hollywood movies, it’s this – “the notion or assumption that a certain character is unkillable is nothing more than a vague illusion”.
His death occurred in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, in a scene which he seemed to be pointing a laser rifle at Luke who happened to be in a squabble with a certain galaxy guard. All of a sudden, he gets intercepted by Han Solo from behind and the latter hits his jet pack with a giant paddle, spurring the dreaded bounty hunter into a wall from which he fell into the Sarlacc Pitt. His death led to an uproar from Star Wars fans who were dissatisfied by the effort taken by the franchise to kill a character that was treated with very little significance.