The men behind Boba Fett
Jeremy Bulloch, Dickey Beer, and Daniel Logan donned the Boba suit for ''The Empire Strikes Back'' (1980), ''Return of the Jedi'' (1983), and ''Attack of the Clones'' (2002), respectively
He muttered four measly lines in the original Star Wars trilogy. But badass bounty hunter Boba Fett still became a fan favorite from the minute Darth Vader summoned him to hunt down Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back. In order to properly fete the Fett, we used a tracking device to locate and reunite three of the men who played the supercool (and super-quiet) criminal.
Played Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Also Played An imperial officer in Empire and Capt. Jeremoch Colton in Revenge of the Sith.
Clothes Make the Man ”Once you put the costume on, you did feel quite dangerous,” says Bulloch of Fett’s tricked-out getup. ”I think the costume spoke miles for the character — the costume did most of [the work].”
Favorite Fett Weapon ”I think the best thing is still the rifle. He’s cradling it in his arms, and he suddenly goes from cradling it to pointing it, and that’s it — you’re finished.”
Oddest Fan Request ”One guy came up to me and said, ‘Could you sign your name on my arm?’ So I signed ‘Jeremy Bulloch. Boba Fett.’ He went to the tattooist, came back, and said, ‘Look at this, Mr. Bulloch,’ and he had my name tattooed on him. It was sizzling flesh! Maybe in a few years’ time he thinks, ‘Uh-oh, I’ve gone off Star Wars. Now how am I going to get this Jeremy Bulloch autograph off my arm?”’
Biggest Regret ”I just wish I had a percentage of the merchandise!”
What He’s Up to Now The 67-year-old grandfather of 10 is still working in the U.K., where he is filming the pilot for a TV series based on Jack the Ripper.
Played Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi, in which the stuntman did the big Fett stunts in the Sarlacc battle scene.
Also Played The alien Barada, a rebel scout, a stormtrooper, and a Gamorrean guard — all in Return of the Jedi. He even performed Luke Skywalker stunts in the same Sarlacc scene, meaning he was literally fighting himself at one point.
The Accidental Actor ”The only one I was supposed to play was Barada,” says Beer. ”On the first day of rehearsal, we had a few mishaps that resulted in five guys not being able to work anymore. One of them was the regular double for Mark Hamill, and another guy was supposed to go in the Boba Fett outfit. Because we kept losing all these guys, the guys that were still on their feet were given more parts to play.”
Memory Lane ”I never thought of Boba Fett until about six years ago,” says Beer. ”My daughter came home from school and said, ‘Daddy, you’re famous!’ And I go, ‘What are you talking about?’ And she said, ‘You were Boba Fett.’ And I said, ‘Was I?’ I had totally forgotten about the fact that I was actually in that costume.”
What He’s Up to Now Beer, who declines to give his age, continues to work as a stuntman on films like The Bourne Legacy.
Played Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones.
Boba Who? Not only had Logan never heard of Fett when he landed the part of young Boba in 2002’s Attack of the Clones at age 13, he hadn’t even heard of Star Wars! ”I never really knew about the franchise. It wasn’t until I did the movie and went to my first convention about 12 years ago that I realized I am part of something big.”
Young Gun Logan is philosophical about his life-changing role. ”Most people have their highlight right around their mid-30s. You do something at that age that defines you for the rest of your life. I got that at 13 years old, and was I prepared for it? Maybe not, but I’ve embraced it.”
Close, but No Jetpack When Logan was told about the character he’d be playing in Clones, he couldn’t wait to try out the assortment of gadgets and weaponry. Little did he know … ”When I did my first interview for Star Wars I was like, ‘Oh my God, I get a flamethrower and a jetpack?’ And [instead] they gave me this blue jumpsuit that looked like I was in pajamas.”
Oddest Fan Request ”I was at a urinal in Mexico and a man came up and in broken English asked, ‘Mr. Logan, can I have your autograph?’ while I was, you know, in the process of emptying my bladder. I turned to him and said, ‘Well, you hold this and I’ll hold that and I’ll sign it, no problem.”’
What He’s Up to Now The 25-year-old voices Fett on Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.
Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones