Actor Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in "Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back" and "Episode 6: Return of the Jedi," took time recently to chat with us by phone in anticipation of his appearance on Saturday and Sunday at the Niagara Falls Comic Con in Niagara Falls, Ont. The long list of celebrities also includes David Prowse, who played Darth Vader. My interview with him ran in today's Gusto, but he had much more to say than we had the room to print. Here, then, are a few other quotes from Jeremy Bulloch.
About the next “Star Wars” film: “All in all, it’s got to be right. Critics are there to slap it down and to say it’s rubbish and we should have never gotten involved with it. So now it’s got to be good.”
On Boba Fett’s popularity: “I remember being in America one Halloween and they were running around, not as ghouls and ghosts, but as dear old Boba Fett. It’s a fantastic costume. People want to know what he’s gonna do. So you do all the funny gun stuff. I used to enjoy just holding the gun in a certain way. Some days I was on the set and not doing anything at all except for looking cool in
the background. It was nice to play that character. Long may it go on, because it still is."
On the story that he got the role because the “suit fit”: “The suit did fit. It had size 10 boots, I have size 10 feet. I am 6 feet tall. The costume was just touching the heel of my shoe, so that looked good and it fit. It also helped my half-brother, Robert Watts, was a producer and told me some time before that there was a part. ‘It’s not much, just a couple of days work but maybe you could get your agent on it,’ which I did. But because I fit in the costume, I think I had a more chance of getting the role.”
On getting time off from filming to act in theater at night: “I was surprised both parties gave me time off to allow me time to get to the theater. George Lucas said, ‘OK Jeremy, we’ll work around you don’t worry.’ Normally film companies will say let’s get some other person in the costume then. You’re in a mask, so anyone can jump into a costume. I was very lucky they worked around it.”
On expectations heading into “Return of the Jedi”: There was this excitement about what’s this character going to do in ‘Return of the Jedi.’ Most fans expected a big fight between Han and Boba Fett and it never happened. So I then thought because that didn’t happen,does that mean they fought way, way back in time and there’s some revenge factor? They were probably friends. He was a rogue; Boba Fett is more a rogue. They probably flew together in the Millennium Falcon and then went their ways. At one time they were maybe sort of friendly.”
On Boba Fett’s “death” in “Return of the Jedi.” I hadn’t gotten a script, but gradually I was aware it would be the end of Boba Fett. So you just say ‘Oh, well that’s show biz you have to get on with it.’ "
On Boba Fett’s backstory as presented in Episodes 2 and 3: “The backstory has been terrific in the way that more people now say.’Oh you played Boba Fett? Boba Fett was mentioned all the time. Now 12 years ago, maybe longer, I was asked about Boba Fett and what I thought should happen to him and if we should ever see his face. I said I don’t think you should ever see his face. He remains a
complete mystery. Once you take his helmet off or you see his face, that’s it. The mystery is gone.”