Jon Favreau Explains Why Boba Fett Couldn’t Break Bad

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. More below.

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:

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.

“You think about Don Corleone,” Favreau says. “There’s a tremendous amount of restraint because he knows that to be sustainable, there has to be [peace]. You don’t do well unless there’s some political balance, because if you keep going to the mattresses, nobody’s earning.”
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The elder Corleone in The Godfather also rejects the drug trade and resists calls to “do murder.” Stability and safety are more important to the boss at that point in his life. “You think about what things are off limits. Don Corleone wasn’t just doing everything to line his pockets as he got later into his career,” Favreau says. “You look at De Niro, in the flashbacks in The Godfather: Part II, as he’s walking down the streets. He’s seen as somebody who’s actually creating, someone the people respect because of the way he conducts himself. There’s lots of different ways to run an empire. There’s the Sonny Corleone way, there’s the Michael Corleone way, and then there’s the Vito Corleone way.”

One is hotheaded, the other is cold-blooded. The last one is even-tempered—even if that moderation endlessly divided longtime Star Wars obsessives.

While Favreau turned to Francis Ford Coppola’s mob saga for inspiration, director Robert Rodriguez, who helmed multiple episodes of The Book of Boba Fett, drew inspiration from the sword and sorcery barbarian tales of Robert E. Howard. “We would talk to Robert about Conan,” Favreau says. “Conan starts off as a young warrior and then ages up through the books until he’s Conan the King. So how is Boba the crime lord going to be different, knowing what he knows, than what he would’ve been when he was a younger man?”

The short answer, according to Favreau: “I think he’s just wise…. He’s also a much older character because now we’re after the original trilogy. He’s at a different point of his life, having experienced what we had seen in all the previous films.”

While this may or may not satisfy viewers who wanted Boba Fett to be more ferocious, it does finally reveal what was in the minds of the storytellers behind The Book of Boba Fett. Until now, they’ve been as tight-lipped as their title character in his early movie appearances.

There’s no shortage of possible kingpin models—James Gandolfini’s mob boss in The Sopranos was a charming sociopath, Al Pacino’s Scarface was a frenetic madman, Javier Bardem’s hitman in No Country for Old Men was an emotionless force of nature. Ultimately, The Book of Boba Fett tried to take the more soulful approach to a man haunted by his past wrongdoing, but unable to exist in any other world.

The legend of Boba Fett may have simply overtaken the reality George Lucas presented onscreen. “Boba Fett is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I grew up with Boba Fett as a faceless, quiet, mysterious bounty hunter. All we knew was that he was scary enough that Darth Vader saw him as somebody to set out after Han Solo,” Favreau says. “Then by the time you hit the second movie that Boba was in, Return of the Jedi, that was a different version of the character. He got knocked into the Sarlacc pit and passed away. I think people assumed he would’ve lasted longer in that situation.”

But no, he didn’t.

ecades later, Favreau devised a new story in which Fett claws his way out of the Sarlacc’s belly, and that same desperate survivor instinct is what became the core of his ascension in The Book of Boba Fett as a criminal with a code of honor.

Filoni, who got his start at Lucasfilm creating the animated Clone Wars series with Lucas, agrees that fans buy into the myth of Boba Fett rather than accept that he was often more clever than he was combative. “Boba Fett calls Darth Vader to capture Han Solo, he doesn’t capture Han Solo,” Filoni notes of Fett’s big moment in Empire. “He gets on the phone and he says, ‘Come here and get Han Solo, I found him.’”
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He also disagrees with the popularly held notion that Fett was one of the few characters who could defy Darth Vader. “It’s funny when you say he stands up to Darth Vader. Does he do that? I think he was hired and Vader tells him, ‘No disintegrations,’ and he’s like, ‘…Okay,’” Filoni says. “I love Boba Fett but even when I was a kid, the idea that he fell into the Sarlacc pit actually never disappointed me because I’m like, ‘The story is not about him.’”

With The Book of Boba Fett, the story finally was about him. Even so, the man inside the mask continues to live in his own shadow.


Temuera Morrison Announced for “Star Wars” Celebration & An Update

Temuera Morrison Announced for “Star Wars” Celebration & An Update

Temuera has been announced as attending STAR WARS CELEBRATION on May 27-28, 2022. He will be available for autographs and photo op. You can buy your advanced tickets Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022. Also attending from the STAR WARS universe is Ewan McGregor (Obi Wan Kenobi, Obi Wan Kenobi), Carey Jones (The Black Krrsantan, THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT), Carl Weathers (Greef Karga, THE MANDALORIAN), Emily Swallow (The Armorer, THE MANDALORIAN), Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon THE MANDALORIAN), Katee Sackhoff (Bo Katan, THE MANDALORIAN), Omid Abatai (Dr. Pershing, THE MANDALORIAN), and Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett, STAR WARS III: ATTACK OF THE CLONES). No word if Ming Na Wen (Fennec Shand, THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT/THE MANDALORIAN) will be attending and who will be doing a team up with his on-screen dad, Temuera. Get your tickets now if you want to experience this great event and of course, meet the man himself.

So the update: I’m sorry I’ve not been updating in a while. I’ve had some other projects taking me away as well as some personal things. I’m working on the screencaps for tem’s work in THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT that should be up sometime this week. Please keep an eye on this spot for updates.

Star Wars: Boba Fett Star Temuera Morrison Announced as Celebration Guest

Star Wars Celebration is happening in Anaheim, California this month and the line-up of guests keeps growing. While some big names of the franchise won’t be able to attend, fan favorites such as Giancarlo Esposito, Ian McDiarmid, Billie Lourd, Kelly Marie Tran, Anthony Daniels, Carl Weathers, and more will be in attendance. This week, a huge name was announced as part of the line-up, and that’s Temuera Morrison. Morrison made his Star Wars debut back in 2002 when he played Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II –Attack of the Clones, and he returned at the end of last year to play the titular tole in The Book of Boba Fett.

“Right out of the Sarlacc pit and straight into Stars Wars Celebration! Temuera Morrison joins us May 27-28. Buy your photo op and autograph today at,” Star Wars Celebration tweeted yesterday. At the con, Morrison is doing some solo photo ops as well as team-up photos alongside Daniel Logan, who played young Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones. You can check out the post below:

Currently, there’s no word on whether or not The Book of Boba Fett will be getting a second season, but the show’s stars have expressed hopes for a return. Recently, Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand) tweeted about the “first season” coming to an end, which led people to think a second season had been greenlit, but she later clarified her statement.

“Everyone jumped to conclusions when I called it the first season. What else would I call it?!!” Wen tweeted. “To clarify, it doesn’t imply there’s a 2nd. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Enjoy all the chapters of [The Book of Boba Fett].”

As for Morrison, the actor has his own hopes about where the show can go. Decades after Mace Windu’s apparent demise in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Morrison wants to put a bounty on the potentially still alive Mace Windu.

“I owe him big time for my dad. He’s done. He’s done,” Morrison told IMDB’s On the Scene. “I’ve got my eye on him. He’s top of the list, in fact.” When Wen suggested “slow torture” at the hands of Master Assassin Fennec Shand, Morrison said, “Definitely, yes.”

The Book of Boba Fett is now streaming on Disney+. Star Wars Celebration is taking place May 26th through May 29th. You can check out the panel schedule here.


Press: 03/2022 – Total Film | Is This the Way?

Press: 03/2022 – Total Film | Is This the Way?

Some new press scans for you. In the March 2022 edition of Total Film, they discuss the future of the televised STAR WARS universe. Featured is Tem in THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT and THE MANDALORIAN as well as the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi starring Ewan McGregor, and Andor starring Diego Luna.

Temeura Morrison Press Scan Omnibus II

Temeura Morrison Press Scan Omnibus II

More scans for the gallery. These encompass various years where Temuera was featured in an article. Some are from STAR WARS publications including looks as Tem’s role as JANGO FETT in ATTACK OF THE CLONES as well as current ones of Tem during his press promotional work for THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT. I also thought I’d include an interview Ming-Na Wen did for Entertainment Weekly. One thing I’m going to ask, if you’re going to repost elsewhere please consider giving a link back to this site. It’s taken some time to collect, extract, and edit to upload to the gallery for you. A small credit is all that’s asked. Thanks.

Temuera Morrison Press Section Is Open

Temuera Morrison Press Section Is Open

I’ve finally added some articles to the press section. Right now they’re just to do with Temuera’s work on THE MANDALORIAN and THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT. Please feel free to go and take a look. There will be more added as time permits and as I collect online articles.

Temuera Morrison Press Scans Omnibus

Temuera Morrison Press Scans Omnibus

I have a few press scans of Temuera for his various projects including THE MANDALORIAN, THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT and others.