Book by Boba Fett: Temuera Morrison on the origin of the “claustrophobic” and “painful” Sarlacc pit scene

Ever since Han Solo dropped Boba Fett into Sarlacc’s belly in The Return of the Jedi, Star Wars fans have wondered whether the infamous bounty survived its time in the beast’s belly.

The Mandalorian confirmed that Boba Fett is indeed alive, and his successor provides further details about his escape. In Episode 1, we see fat trapped in the Sarlacc’s stomach, where he cleverly uses a Stormtrooper’s respirator and flamethrower to escape.

Actor Temuera Morrison talked about making the scene and described it as “claustrophobic”.

“I remember the phlegm, and I remember not breathing that well, and they had all these people moving these things around me … It was actually very painful,” said Morrison.

In the following scene, fat erupts from the sand – a moment apparently predicted by Patton Oswalt in a memorable Parks and Recreation scene. It’s meant to reflect Boba Fett’s rebirth, says Morrison when the bounty hunter emerges into the harsh desert of his familiar weapons and armor.

“It was nice to have this as a low point where something could grow and flourish into something else and try to come back together,” says Morrison. “So it’s about Boba getting up again, coming out of the sand, coming up again.”

Book of Boba Fett is currently in the middle of its seven episodes, with the third episode being released early this morning. In our review of the first episode, we called it a “strong but reserved opening of this new Star Wars spin-off” with some “select flashbacks that establish Boba Fett 2.0”.

We also spoke to Morrison’s co-star Ming-Na Wen, who plays the mysterious Fennec Shand. In the interview, Shand talks about how Street Fighter prepared her for roles in Agents of SHIELD and now Book of Boba Fett.

Book of Boba Fett will be streamed on Disney + through February.

Kat Bailey is IGN’s Senior News Editor

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