Temuera Morrison speaks out on Boba Fett’s Book, jokingly, his helmeted bounty hunter talks “way too much” in the star wars spin off. The series from creator Jon Favreau and showrunner Robert Rodriguez goes under the helm of the typically taciturn Boba, who had little screen time and even fewer lines in the 1980s. The Empire Strikes Back and 1983 Return of the Jedi. No longer a mercenary after returning in Season 2 of The Mandalorian, the Disney+ spin-off finds Fett talking a lot as Daimyo, a crime boss who rules over Jabba the Hutt’s empire on Tatooine.
“I didn’t have a lot of success, I was hoping not to say as much as I already did in the first two episodes,” Morrison said in an interview with NME. “I talk way too much. In fact, at first, I was trying to convey my lines to Ming-Na [Wen]. I said, ‘Excuse me director, I really think Ming-Na should say those lines, because I want to keep it mysterious. I want to keep quiet.'”
But Wen, who plays Fett’s consigliere, master assassin Fennec Shand, “got” what Morrison was doing. “He wasn’t just trying to be a very generous actor – which he is – he was just trying to get some of the work out of me (laughs).”
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While Favreau was away in Atlanta, Morrison recalled phoning writer Noah Kloor about removing some of Fett’s lines to maintain that mystique.
“Sometimes I would say [to Favreau], “I think it’s too much, I think it’s too much,” he said. “I said, ‘Noah, that scene tomorrow. I talk too much ! This Boba Fett doesn’t talk that much. Listen, I have all these paragraphs. I think we should get rid of it and Jon’s going to Atlanta so don’t tell him!”
He continued, “Then that morning on set, I get a call from Atlanta: ‘Jon wants you to say all that dialogue. We’ll cut it later. (laughs) So he was even watching us from all areas.”
Because the series looks at the man under the armor, using flashbacks to reveal what happened to Boba after escaping from the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi, “I had to start talking, I guess,” Morrison said. “We had to fill in the gaps and give a little information… But yes, I think I said a little too much.
New episodes of Boba Fett’s Book premiering Wednesdays on Disney+.
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