Star Wars: 15 surprising facts about the legendary Boba Fett

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David Prowse as Darth Vader, Billy Dee Williams as Lando, Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett, and John Morton in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm. /

3. Boba Fett had only five lines of dialogue in the original trilogy

Considering he’s one of the most popular Star Wars characters, it’s very surprising that Boba Fett had few lines of dialogue and little screen time in the original trilogy.

First seen on the big screen in The Empire Strikes Back, Boba was largely an imposing but silent figure whose mystique and mystery was a large part of what attracted fans.

Boba originally appeared alongside Darth Vader in their joint efforts to capture Han Solo on Coruscant, true to his bounty hunter nature. For such an iconic character, it’s startling to learn that Boba had only four lines of dialogue making for a total of five sentences in The Empire Strikes Back, and didn’t speak at all in Return of the Jedi.

Additionally, all of Boba’s dialogue revolved around capturing Han Solo and returning him to Jabba the Hutt, since that was Boba’s primary story function in the original trilogy. Boba also never spoke to Han directly, instead talking to Vader or other Empire operatives about him and speaking about him as a bounty.

Overall, considering how little dialogue and screen time the character had across the original trilogy, it’s amazing how much of an impression Boba made with the fans that has lasted over forty years and counting.