If you haven’t read John Morton’s reflection piece at the Official Star Wars Blog, I highly suggest carving out some time to do so. Many fans are familiar with Morton as the Rebel pilot, Dak, but fans of the Fett also recognize him as one of the few individuals to strap into the Mandalorian armor in the Original Trilogy.
Morton stood in for Jeremy Bulloch for several scenes in Empire Strikes Back, actually completing two days of filming for several scenes in Cloud City. If you recall the film, one of his scenes is well remembered, Boba Fett staring down Darth Vader in the corridors of Bespin – Lando and Lobot nervously standing in rear.
He recalls his first time being asked for an autograph as Boba Fett, at a convention in 1997. Morton said he was apprehensive and instructed the young boy, to first gain Bulloch’s permission. He continues that Bulloch has passed along his blessing, and has always been gracious with sharing the spotlight – Morton eventually came to think of himself as “Bespin Boba” when asked for his signature.
This past Celebration Europe was the first time Lucasfilm brought all the Boba Fett performers on stage, to honor their contribution in a collaborative effort, no matter how small or large, to create a presentation of Boba Fett that not only appears uniform – but has resonated with fans for over 30 years.
While Morton wasn’t “featured” as Boba Fett until this past year, we hope he realizes, us fans, especially Fett-natics, have always held a special place in our hearts for John “Dak” Morton. In Karen Traviss’ Republic Commando novels, Spar looks for a clone he can pass off as a Fett heir.
Spar understands that the Fett name is more than one specific individual, but what the name correlates with – honor, respect and everything else Mandalorians value and enemies fear. In that same vain, the entity that is Boba Fett is beyond who the first to play the character was – but whether or not they brought the spirit of the character to the screen – even if it were but just during two days of filming.
Check out John Morton’s post by clicking here, it’s a great read.