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Jeremy "Boba Fett" Bulloch Reddit AMA Chat - Recap
Bespin refugee - July 09, 2014


Jeremy Bulloch (OT Boba Fett & ROTS' Captain Colton) has posted on his Facebook page that he would be participating in a Reddit AMA Q&A Chat on July 9.

Here's a rundown of the Star Wars related questions & answers:

Question: Why do you think that Boba Fett has attracted such a following despite his minimal screen time and dialogue? What is it about the character that really catches the interest of fans?

Jeremy_Bulloch: I think the main reason is thereís something about the costume. I remember the very first day I put the costume on and looked in the mirror, ĎYes that looks good!í Thereís just something about it you donít know whatís going to happen. He has all these gadgets, he has jetpacks, and knee pads. Its not just me, its the character Boba Fett. Thereís something serious about him.

Follow-up:Thereís something serious about him.

I think a big part of that is that he gets a great introduction, when Vader has to specifically tell him "No disintegrations!" When the most evil character that you've met in the movie has to specifically tell this guy to be less violent, you know he's a bad-ass

Jeremy_Bulloch: That is interesting...that was with the group of bounty hunters. Obviously Boba Fett is the gang leader; heís the main man. Heís just standing there like, ďAs you wish, now get on with it, Vader. Donít waste my time.Ē Heís extremely dangerous and heíll go further than most people would. Just putting the costume on and leaning against the wall and doing nothing is far stronger than waving a gun around.

Question: What is it like knowing you in character is tattoo'd on many people all over the world?

Jeremy_Bulloch:Thatís extraordinary! The worst thing about that is I remember someone coming and saying, ďHey, Jeremy look at this!Ē And they pulled up their shirt and there was a tattoo of Boba Fett. He said, could you just sign this Mr. Bulloch? It would be very nice of you!Ē So with a felt tipped pen, I signed my name. Not long after that, this guy comes up to me and said, ďLook Mr. Bulloch!Ē There was his sizzling flesh with my name, which I had written. He had it tattooed right on his bare flesh.

Lots of people coming up with some of the artwork is fantastic/ Itís not too late to get a Boba Fett tattoo!

Question: Were you excited to hear about the Boba Fett spin off film?

Jeremy_Bulloch: Yes, when someone told me about it, I was very excited about that and I think it will be terrific. Youíll see a lot more of Boba Fett, hopefully, and that will be lovely. When it comes out, I shall certainly go along, buy my ticket, and see how it turns out. Iím sure it will be terrific

Question: Did you get to keep the costume, and if so, how often do you wear it around? I would rock that.

Jeremy_Bulloch: Yeah now if I was a thief...I would have taken the costume and would have run away somewhere. It Ďs something that was given to me. Iíve worn it two times for charity. Itís quite fun to get back in the outfit. He love to show off the weapons. Thatís the reason the character is so popular, heís a cool guy.

Follow-up: I'm pretty sure this is what he's referring to: http://geekchicelite.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/boba3.jpg">http://uploads/2014/06/Jeremy_02.jpg http://geekchicelite.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/boba3.jpg

The members of The Dented Helmet, pretty much THE source for Boba Fett costuming, donated it to him.

Question: What were some interesting/funnny behind-the-scenes moments that happened while on set?

Jeremy_Bulloch:.....Well, I think one of the funniest was when we were rehearsing the carbon-freezing scene. I was treading on Darth Vaderís cape and we fell over and two of the biggest villains were floundering on the floor. We looked like two silly children. Thereís lot of fun moments actually. Under a mask no one can hear you. Thereís a part where I turn to an Imperial officer and say, ďPut Captain Solo in the cargo hold,Ē but I actually said ďPut Captain Cargo in the Solo hold.Ē Luckily I didnít have to tell anybody because you canít hear what Iím saying under the mask. But I didnít have any lines...How on earth with so few lines could I make a mistake??

Question: If you could make your own Mandalorian armor, what colors would you pick?

Jeremy_Bulloch: I would have blue. I would have slight Boba Fett stripes. Where? I don't know. That would be me. He could probably have a costume for a different evening. So when thereís a party, he would get out of his bag somewhere. Because itís science fiction, he could have a special moody suit.

Question: How did you get the role of Captain Colton in episode III? Did George call you up and offer it to you?

Jeremy_Bulloch: Well thatís a very good question. Rick McCallum phoned up when I was in Italy on holiday. He said, ďThereís a little bit of time, Jeremy, would you like to play this cameo role as Captain Colton in Revenge of the Sith?Ē What? Me? He said, ďTheyíll see your face.Ē It was a brief cameo role. In Empire I played Lieutenant Sheckil, when I grabbed Carrie Fisher to go into the elevator. It was a small bit, but no one was able to play it because they were filming elsewhere. So, I ended up playing three parts. Maybe those parts are all Boba Fett and youíre actually seeing his face. Could be.

Question: What's your most memorable moment from the filming of the Star Wars films you were in as Fett?

Jeremy_Bulloch: I think my favorite part of the film was in Jabbaís Palace in Return of the Jedi because I spent nearly 10 days in that palace. It was very hot. But youíre just doing nothing. What makes me laugh is that people say ďI love the way you do this and that,í and youíre just there. Boba Fett standing still is much cooler than saying a line. It was just a lovely job to do.

I was in the theater in the evening and filming during the day. I had two jobs at once. Little did I know that months later the film would come out and I was just waiting to see how it would come out. It was just a bit of luck.

Question: Hey Jeremy! We've met a few times, it's me LEGO Boba Fett. You are always a great guy to chat with!

If you could have played any other character in the SW Saga, who would it have been?

Jeremy_Bulloch: Probably Han Solo. I think at one point Boba Fett and Han Solo met or flew the Millennium Falcon together, but something happened that caused problems between them so they went separate ways. Hans Solo-heís a bit of a bad guy as well. Heís not terribly innocent, but he would be my favorite character.

Hello Lego Fett! You wear a terrific outfit and to be covered with legos, and the lego helmet, youíre a brave guy. Anybody else trying to wear legos, itís not easy, it falls apart. Itís really incredible how youíve made Boba Fett out of legos. It takes forever to do so, you deserve a great applause!

Question: could you describe what your first day on set was like?

Jeremy_Bulloch: Thatís a good question. Iím not a nervous person but on the first day they were giving me instructions. Under the mask Iím talking to myself..."Come on! Youíve hardly got a line. Why are you nervous? Youíve done this before.Ē I was talking to myself, and of course someone heard me mumbling. Iíve never been nervous. How could I be nervous I was behind a mask. It was very exciting to be on set.

Question: What would you have added as your own personal fixture to the Boba Fett costume and or character?

Jeremy_Bulloch: I would have a double jet back. So I could come over and see you and then fly back to London, with a double jet pack so I can get back and not have to refuel.

Question: You have any favorite moments when meeting a fan?

Jeremy_Bulloch: Iím terribly lucky that the fans like the character Boba Fett. There is a girl fan that dresses like Boba Fett. She looks absolutely fantastic! Sheís probably a better performer than me. There are people who make their own costumes and they are incredible. Thereís a lot of very talented people out there.

Question: Who would win in a fight: Jango Fett or Boba Fett?

Jeremy_Bulloch Boba Fett. Well thereís just no contest. Boba Fett is too cool. I mean, his father lost his head rather sadly, you know. I said, "One of these day youíll lose your head." And he did.

Question: Which was more fun, being in James Bond or Star Wars?

Jeremy_Bulloch: Oh, I think both. I mean, youíve got to say Star Wars. But I enjoyed the Bond films (I did three, two as Smithers). t was a great franchise to be involved with. Another one was Dr. Who. Iíve loved these shows, theyíve done very well and Iíve been cast in eight of them. My first love is theater, but if you can combine that with Dr. Who, Robin of Sherwood, and of course the Bonds, and the biggest of all, Star Wars, that would be my ideal. My grandchildren still like Harry Potter better than Star Wars. Iím trying to change their minds.

Question: How restricted were you in the costume? Was your vision/hearing impaired or did it get stuffy in there?

Jeremy_Bulloch: Well you couldnít really see much once you start breathing. It starts to get foggy under the helmet. The jet pack was pretty heavy in those days, too.

Really, it was like being a statue, just standing there. It would get hotter and hotter. Every time you had a break, you were waiting for someone to say, ďcan we have a break, please? Itís terribly hot in this costume!Ē But you see, Boba Fett canít do that. No, he will stand there until someone takes him out of the costume. You donít want to be the sissy.

Question: If you had to put Boba Fett into any other movie, in character, which would it be and why?

Jeremy_Bulloch: Probably Citizen Kane with Orson Welles--though thatís probably too good for him. Orson Welles is terrific in that film. I would also choose A Fistful of Dollars, or any Clint Eastwood film; heís a very cool guy.

Question: Will you be at Celebration VII?

Jeremy_Bulloch: In Anaheim? Yes, Iíll definitely go if I'm invited.

Question: Favourite colour of lightsaber?

Jeremy_Bulloch: It is blue. The blue-silvery-blue one. Well, blue is my favorite color. With just a hinge of metallic white and blue. Boba doesnít use a lightsaber, he uses a gun. He is more suitable to use his gun and his jetpack. Lightsaber would be destroyed in seconds

Question: What's your favourite Star Wars movie?

Jeremy_Bulloch: Empire Strikes Back. I just think it has everything: the snow, the swamp, the different characters in different machines. Good, bad, evil...everything. I think kids actually like that film more too. They sort of understand it more.

Question: How was the character first pitched to you?

Jeremy_Bulloch:
Well it wasnít pitched. It was a role where my half brother was the associate producer. He said, ďI know youíre in the theater right now, could you maybe work a couple of days on the film?Ē But thatís how it happened...it was pure luck.

Luckily the outfit fit perfectly. The helmet fit. The boots were a size 10, and Iím a size 10. When I met George Lucas, he said, ďWelcome aboard Jeremy. Itís not a big role.Ē But it ended up being a bigger role than we all expected.

It has become a large piece of my life. I started acting at 12, mainly because I failed every test in school--I was more on the sports side. Suddenly, at the age of 12, I went to drama school and I carried on and had a very good career. Iím still working now. Itís just extraordinary.

Itís probably when they re-released the film in 1997 when the character became well known to people and they thought, ďWhoís this guy?Ē Whenever I go somewhere people ask, ďAre you the guy who plays Boba Fett?Ē Iíve had some nice roles to play but having played Boba Fett...I can think about that for years to come. It was great luck and I fit into the outfit and boots. Well if itís meant to be, itís meant to be. You canít go back or forward it was just meant to be. To be doing two jobs at once was lucky and how fortunate is it that I was made to play the part? I do a lot of interviews with people and I always share what a terrific part it was to play. It came out as a strong character.

Question: Did you survive the [...] sarlacc pit?

Jeremy_Bulloch: Yes. Boba Fettís too cool to actually get trapped. I think George Lucas mentioned that he does get out, but that may not be spot on. But I think he got out so bewareÖ

Question: How much did you get for delivering Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt?

Jeremy_Bulloch: $22. Thatís all. They donít pay much. Thatís the sad thing.

Question: Who has the worst breath? Chewbacca or the Saarlac?

Jeremy_Bulloch: Oh, the Sarlacc . Well, because I granted I go into the Sarlacc room, which is unfortunate. You canít remain there too long. You have to get out.



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Bespin refugee
2014-07-17
1:57 am

[url= (link) AMA w/ J.W. Rinzler[/url] 
Bespin refugee
2014-07-09
2:11 am

[url= (link) AMA w/ Jeremy Bulloch[/url] 
Bespin refugee
2014-06-27
6:56 pm

[url= (link) AMA Chat w/ Warwick Davis[/url] 
Bespin refugee
2014-04-14
12:57 am

[url= (link) Ford Reddit AMA Q&A[/url] 
Bespin refugee
2014-01-24
1:39 am

I had no idea they were just jeans until that auction. I just noticed the seam in one of the old publicity photos, lol. [url= (link) out the 2nd 'kneeling' pic[/url]. 
FUGAYZIE
2014-01-23
2:36 pm

interesting read. i cant believe his pants sold for $40+k. that's crazy. 
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