Jon Hamm as Boba Fett? Yes, in a New Audio Book
“Originally, I wasn’t supposed to be a part of this,” says Boba Fett in “Added Muscle,” one of 40 stories in the new anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. That’s writer Paul Dini’s way of acknowledging that Fett’s appearance in the Star Wars Special Edition made one of the galaxy’s most feared bounty hunters into nothing more than a glorified enforcer for Jabba the Hutt. That moment seemingly existed just to throw in a cameo by Fett, and he even appears to look directly at the camera in that scene, as if to say “That’s right, boys. Fett’s here.”
USA Today has posted an excerpt from Dini’s Boba Fett story, which actually provides a good explanation as to why he bothered showing up for a gig that was beneath his stature and why Darth Vader so pointedly told him “no disintegrations” in The Empire Strikes Back. It turns out that both questions have the same answer. Fett apparently eliminated some Rebel spies with extreme prejudice, and he was on Tatooine in part to find the droids (C-3PO and R2-D2) to get off of Vader’s <bleep> list and of course, to collect on that huge bounty.
Former Mad Men star Jon Hamm contributed to the audio book for Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View and read Dini’s story as Boba Fett. If you follow the previous link to USA Today, you can hear an excerpt from Hamm's recording. The entire thing is essentially a monologue of Fett’s thoughts during that short scene in which Fett did Jabba a favor by helping him intimidate Han Solo. And while the piece doesn’t seem to elaborate on Fett’s history with Solo, it seems pretty clear that he had no problem with the idea of being the man to kill the renegade smuggler.
While speaking with USA Today, Dini suggested that part of Fett’s enduring appeal is that he’s very much like a Western gunfighter...in body armor. "The narrow, T-shaped visor gives him a look of constant scrutiny, as if he's always sizing up a target just before he draws on him," said Dini. "You're always guessing who he really is under the helmet, simply a hired gun for the highest price, or is there something more to him? What's going on inside his head? Do we even want to know?"
In part, though, Boba Fett holds such a place in high regard because fans projected their expectations on to his blank slate. The original movies reveal next to nothing about him, and Fett seems like the coolest bad guy alive, right up until he dies for the sake of a burp joke in Return of the Jedi. Clearly George Lucas didn’t think as highly of Fett as the rest of us, but he seemed to catch on by eventually putting Fett in the special edition and by giving his backstory a big part of Attack of the Clones. Arguably, Attack of the Clones robbed Fett of some of his mystique (Hamm does not attempt the New Zealand accent the character was retroactively given), but fans still seem to clamor for more. We may even get a Boba Fett movie out of it someday. But for now, the closest thing we’re going to get to a Jon Hamm as Boba Fett experience is the Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View audiobook. Both the audio and the print edition will be out tomorrow, October 3.