The newest episode of The Mandalorian Season 2 featured an enormous shock for longtime Star Wars followers in Episode 6, “The Tragedy”: Boba Fett was again. Not solely was Boba Fett again, however so was Temuera Morrison, who initially performed Boba’s dad, Jango Fett, within the prequel trilogy. As Morrison readily admitted in a current interview, Boba’s return to Star Wars is an enormous shock contemplating the character was devoured up by the Sarlacc pit in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Determining the way to work in the now-aging bounty hunter into The Mandalorian was an enormous process — one which “The Tragedy” director Robert Rodriguez was comfortable to elucidate to Collider.
Collider’s personal Steve Weintraub had the prospect to debate Rodriguez’s expertise directing “The Tragedy” throughout their dialog for the director’s upcoming Netflix film, We Can Be Heroes. At one level within the dialog, we requested Rodriguez what it felt prefer to be answerable for principally reviving Boba Fett (though his return was technically teased within the Season 2 premiere).
“It was my 12-year-old dream,” Rodriguez advised us. “After I was 12 was when Empire Strikes Again got here out and I used to be an enormous Boba Fett fan. You realize, they’d tease him out earlier than the film got here out. You already knew he was going to be a personality to look at. The advertising and marketing was actually nice, like, ‘This character Boba Fett,’ and so whenever you noticed the film, you could not wait to see him. He captured your creativeness earlier than the film even got here out; it is all we had been speaking about at college. I nonetheless keep in mind that, how mysterious that character was. You bought somewhat style of him however you had been ready to see extra.”
He went on to elucidate, “After I noticed the script (on despatched me the script) and it mentioned ‘Boba Fett’ and ‘Darksaber’ and ‘Mando’ and ‘Fennec,’ I used to be similar to, ‘This does not even really feel like an actual script. It appears like a fan wrote this in a fever dream hoping that this may be an episode.’ And sure, this was the script. It had all the good things in it. It was like a ‘Biggest Hits’ of all the good things; I could not imagine it. To go play in Star Wars with all of the toys and to get to play with Boba Fett as one among your principal [characters] — I simply thought, ‘I gotta go in there and simply have him be… I do not know if he will present up in any extra episodes or what, so I simply gotta make him tremendous badass on this second [and] be that character that I imagined him being once I heard about him once I was 12. That was my mission, simply to go fulfill that 12-year-old fascination with the character.”
We additionally made certain to ask if there have been any scenes that did not make it into Rodriguez’s episode. “The Tragedy” was full of motion in addition to a touching story revolving round Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Child Yoda. Did Rodriguez have to go away something on the reducing room ground.
To our shock, Rodriguez revealed that “the script was actually brief,” and went on to say, “The script was a lot shorter than the episode. The script was, like, 19 pages so that implies 19 minutes. I added a number of motion to this [episode]. I even requested Jon [favreau], I mentioned, ‘Is it okay that my script is barely 19 pages? As a result of I minimize actually quick and it is most likely going to finish up being 16 minutes. Do we have to add extra pages?’ and he goes, ‘No, that is what you are right here for! It’s essential to fill that out.’ I mentioned, ‘Oh, okay, I will try to make that battle longer.’ In order that’s the place that further battle got here from.”
Rodriguez continued, “I know my tendency is to chop issues fairly tight. If I’ve a 100-page script, it is a 90-minute film. So I had a 19-page script [and] I assumed, ‘Whoa! I am gonna run out of issues to do, so I added a number of motion.”
The Mandalorian Seasons 1 and a couple of at the moment are obtainable to stream on Disney+. New episodes of Season 2 air each Friday via December 18. Get much more Star Wars updates right here.
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