Los Angles: Temuera Morrison, speaking on the series ‘The Book of Boba Fett’, joked that the iconic mercenary talked “far too much” in the Star Wars spinoff.
Created by Jon Favreau and showrunner Robert Rodriguez, the show goes under the helmet of the typically silent Boba, who had little screentime and even fewer lines in the 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back” and the 1983’s “Return of the Jedi”.
No longer a merc after his return in Season 2 of “The Mandalorian”, the Disney+ spinoff finds Fett doing a lot of speaking as the new crime boss lording over Jabba the Hutt’s empire on Tatooine.
“I was not very successful, I was hoping not to say as much as I have already in the first two episodes,” Morrison said in an interview with NME.
“I speak far too much. In fact, in the beginning, I was trying to pass my lines on to Ming-Na [Wen]. I said: ‘Excuse me director, I really feel that Ming-Na should say these lines, ’cause I wanna stay mysterious. I wanna stay quiet.'”
But Wen, who plays Fett’s second in command, the master assassin Fennec Shand, “caught on” to what Morrison was up to. “He wasn’t just trying to be a very generous actor — which he is — he was just trying to parlay some of the work to me (laughs).”
According to ComicBook.com, Morrison recalled phoning staff writer Noah Kloor while Favreau was in Atlanta about cutting down some of Fett’s lines to maintain the mystique of his character from the movies.
“Sometimes, I’d say [to Favreau], ‘I think this is too much, I think this is too much,'” he said. “I said: ‘Noah, this scene tomorrow. I’m talking too much! This Boba Fett doesn’t talk this much. Look, I’ve got 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 out later.’ (laughs) So he was even keeping an eye on us from all areas.”
The show looks at the man beneath the helm and armour, using flashbacks to reveal how Boba escaped the Sarlacc pit following the “Return of the Jedi” and what happens after. “I had to start talking I guess,” Morrison said. “We had to fill in the gaps and give out a little bit of information… But yes, I think I did speak a bit too much.”