Star Wars fans aren’t alone in their distaste for Disney’s latest interpretation of Boba Fett. According to a recent interview, Boba Fett actor Temura Morrison also feels like his character is not being done justice.
During a Jan. 11 interview with NME, Morrison said he thinks his character talks too much. In his view, Boba Fett should be more mysterious.
NME host Alex Flood asked, “Part of what made Boba Fett so cool and mysterious in the originals was how rarely he spoke. How did you go about keeping that edginess while adding all the dialogue in for the new series?”
“I wasn’t very successful. I was hoping not to say as much as I have already in the first two episodes,” Morrison said. “I speak far too much.”
In a bid to salvage his character, Morrison even went as far as to try to pass some of his dialogue off to Ming-Na Wen, the actress who portrays Fett’s right-hand woman, Fennec Shand.
“In fact, in the beginning I was trying to get – pass my lines on to Ming-Na. Excuse me, director, I really feel that Ming-Na should say these lines ’cause I want to stay mysterious, I want to stay quiet,” Morrison said.
Morrison would reiterate this point saying, “Well, obviously Jon’s one of the key writers and so sometimes I’d always say, ‘I think this is too much. I think this is too much.’ Then I’d go to what’s the other guy’s name? Noah. Noah. I’d always try to get him cut down dialogue.”
When Jon Favreau – the creator, writer, and producer of “The Book of Boba Fett” – briefly left the show’s set for a trip to Atlanta, the Boba Fett actor admits he tried to cut some of his character’s lines behind Favreau’s back.
“I remember, of course, Jon actually went away to Atlanta so I rang Noah that night and I said, ‘Noah, this scene tomorrow, I’m talking too much. This Boba doesn’t talk this much. Look, I’ve got all these paragraphs here. I think we should get rid of it. And Jon’s gone to Atlanta so don’t tell him,'” he recalled.
“Then next morning on set set, I get a call from Atlanta. Jon wants you to say all that dialogue. He’ll cut it out later. So he was even keeping an eye on us from all areas,” he added.
After admitting that some of the dialogue was needed for exposition, Morrison nevertheless reiterated his point, saying “I think I did speak a bit too much.”
Much like Morrison, many Star Wars fans don’t believe “The Book of Boba Fett” is a faithful adaption of the Star Wars universe.
Just last week, a large number of fans took to social media to mock a new group of characters that had been introduced.
The characters, a gang of cybernetic teenage bikers, were panned for their colorful, cyberpunk-esque appearances.
“There’s not an ounce of Star Wars in this image,” Director of Publishing at UDON Enterainment, Matt Moylan, tweeted along with an image of the gang.
Moylan wasn’t alone in his criticism. Many other users took to Twitter to mock the new characters’ appearances.
Another user tweeted “I can’t believe what I just watched.#TheBookOfBobaFett is SO dumb. This is NOT Star Wars.”
“That whole ‘Quadrophenia’ mod cyborg gang chase scene from ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ was beyond asinine,” yet another wrote.
Critic John Campea joined fans in criticizing the show. In a video titled “Is Book of Boba Fett A Disappointment,” Campea mocked the gang’s vehicles which he dubbed “the Mos Espa Vespas.”
“I couldn’t tell if I was watching Luca or Book of Boba Fett,” Campea said.
Campea then asked American filmmaker and YouTuber Robert Meyer Burnett what he thought of the show. Burnett was less than charitable with his review.
“I feel like I’m watching some anemic Saturday-morning cartoon,” Burnett said. “What really bothers me about this show is Boba Fett is kind of an idiot.”
“All we’ve seen… is Boba Fett having his ass handed to him, both figuratively and literally.”
What do you make of Morrison’s comments?