Boba Fett Hangs Up His Helmet
Jeremy Bulloch, the actor behind Boba Fett, announced his retirement from conventions this week. The actor detailed his career and retirement in an official statement.
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Few characters leave a lasting impression without significant screen time. But Boba Fett captured imaginations in mere seconds. Okay, so his first appearance is technically in the Star Wars Holiday Special. But, the less said about that, the better. Many fans met the character in The Empire Strikes Back. His intimidating armor struck a chord with audiences, and he became an instant fan favorite character. Fett met his demise in Return of the Jedi, but the extended universe undid his fate and he embarked on new adventures.
Over the years, fans debated on whether or not the character is truly a formidable foe, or simply a cool set of armor. Honestly, he bumbles his way through the only task he is assigned in the original trilogy. But, one argues that sometimes a cool character is cool no matter what.
Despite the merits of Boba Fett’s efficiency, Jeremy Bulloch, the man behind the Mandalorian mask embraces his iconic status in the Star Wars canon. Over the years, he traveled the world, meeting fans and signing memorabilia. This week, the actor announced his retirement from the convention circuit.
Jeremy Bulloch Retires
In a statement released to the Boba Fett Fan Club, Bulloch announced his retirement. The statement reads:
It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to stop attending conventions and hang up the Fett helmet. It has not been an easy decision to make. In 1979 I was called onto the set of Empire Strikes Back to play Boba Fett, and since that day it has changed the entire direction of my life in such a wonderful way. It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to inspire so many generations of Star Wars fans. I have had over 20 years of travelling with my wife Maureen to some amazing countries and have met so many wonderful fans. Thank you all so much and we will miss you all.
‘May the Force be with you always’
What a class act. Bulloch is completely giving of his time to the Star Wars community at large. He is certainly missed on the convention circuit, but he joins fellow Star Wars veteran David Prowse in a retirement where he can be content he affected people’s lives for the better. Also, he is continuing memorabilia signatures through his website. So, while he’s simply not putting in the travel hours, fans can still connect with the man responsible for one of cinema’s most iconic characters.
Check out this interview with Jeremy back in 2016!