Jon Favreau Explains Why Boba Fett Couldn’t Break Bad

An article from the online version of Vanity Fair has Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni explaining why Boba played by our guy Temuera, couldn’t be completely a bad guy. I agree with them in that Boba had to change. i’m more than a little mad. Accompanying the article there was a behind-the-scenes video of photographer Annie Leibovitz taking a cover shoot with the STAR WARS Disney+ shows. The cover has Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian/Din Djarin), Rosario Dawson (Ahsoka Tano), Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), and Ewan McGregor (Obi Wan Kenobi), but no Temuera Morrison as our favourite bounty hunter. I hope he’s in the actual publication, if not it’s a gross miscarriage. Please go to the site to read the article.

Star Wars: Jon Favreau Explains Why Boba Fett Couldn’t Break Bad

There’s an old maxim that states, “Never meet your heroes.” It may also apply to villains. The person behind a legend can never match that larger-than-life image, even when it comes to fictional characters. You have to accept them as human beings.

That was always the challenge with Boba Fett, the intimidating bounty hunter from 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, whose masked face and reticence to speak gave Star Wars fans permission to imagine the worst—which actually made him more ominous and alluring. The more fans learned over the years, particularly about his origin in the prequel films, the more they questioned if they preferred the mystery. Fett seemingly met his demise in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, clumsily knocked into the maw of a giant sand-sphincter with teeth. He died like a chump. Debate about his legacy raged on.

Almost four decades later, The Mandalorian revealed that Boba Fett escaped being digested for a thousand years in the Sarlacc pit, and though gravely wounded, was eager to reclaim a seat of power in the galaxy. Then the recent Book of Boba Fett series followed his efforts to take control of the crime syndicate previously overseen by the late, great Jabba the Hutt. But instead of being a bloodthirsty capo, Temuera Morrison’s reborn Fett proved to be a godfather of a more measured nature: one seeking power, but also peace and honor among the lawless.

As usual with a fandom as vast as Star Wars’, there was discord in the discourse. Some fans vented frustration: Boba Fett survived all that, only to go soft? Others saw much to like in the show. A midseason shift of focus back to the lead character of The Mandalorian was widely praised, but also seen as an abrupt change in POV. All the while, the arguments continued: Should Boba Fett be more ruthless, or was his soulful self-reflection the right call?

Now series creator Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni are speaking out for the first time about why they felt Fett had to be more Don Corleone than Walter White. In an interview for Vanity Fair’s new cover story, “Star Wars: The Rebellion Will Be Televised,” they outlined their intentions and the logic they followed while making The Book of Boba Fett.

Basically, Fett was born to be bad: He was raised as the clone of a ruthless bounty hunter, orphaned at an early age, and forced to fend for himself or die trying. He lived outside the law for most of his existence, and wasn’t above siding with the dark side to get ahead. So for him to have a real journey later in life, the producers decided he should venture in a different direction.



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