Who thought to call it Star Wars Celebration, and not The Boba Fête?
At last recount, the character of Boba Fett was one of thousands of clones extracted from his father, Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison), in “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.” Boba’s childhood wasn’t a happy one, however. The kid was present when an army of lightsaber-wielding Jedi attacked, and he got to witness Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) decapitating his father. As an adult, Boba Fett would become a bounty hunter, fall in with criminals, and eventually be fed into the mouth of an awaiting Shai Hulud on the distant planet of
Arrakis Tatooine. Many years later, Boba Fett would be seen climbing out of the sand worm’s mouth and starring in his own TV series.
In terms of “Star Wars” production, Boba Fett (Don Francks) first appeared in an animated sequence of the hardly beloved 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special.” He would also have small roles in “The Empire Strikes Back” (his first live-action appearance) and “Return of the Jedi.” Over the years, “Star Wars” fans latched onto Boba Fett, expanding his myth in ancillary “Star Wars” media and bolstering his importance in the franchise. By the time “Attack of the Clones” came around, he was just as important to certain fans as a Darth Vader or a Princess Leia.
*This may come as a surprise to even Boba Fett’s biggest fans, but his first proper public appearance wasn’t on the big screen, or even on TV. As revealed in the Disney+ documentary “Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett,” he first appeared at a parade for the San Anselmo Country Fair in September of 1978….