WARNING: This post contains a SPOILER for The Book of Boba Fett episode 3, “The Streets of Mos Espa.”
In some ways, it’s hard to call it a surprise appearance. Director Robert Rodriguez loves working with a certain actor, and said actor rarely turns down a role. Still, many Star Wars fans were delighted to see Danny Trejo show up in their universe. As befits his usual style, he played a badass. Sensitive tears of Malakili aside, Rancor keepers have to stay tough. And once a fellow can face a Rancor, he can face a Mandalorian.
On his social media, Trejo shared a behind-the-scenes image. It reveals that while parts of the Rancor may have been CG, the head was very much a practical effect. It also offers a closer look at Trejo’s costume, which is sure to be duplicated on a toy some day. And fans of the Machete movies will undoubtedly get the in-joke, from the proposed threequel that has a trailer but still no feature…yet.
— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) January 15, 2022
For anyone following Trejo’s career, there’s a fun symmetry here. Trejo played a Boba Fett-like bounty hunter in Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects. In it, he helped to track and spring a trap on the Firefly family the same way Fett and Darth Vader do in The Empire Strikes Back. Now he gets to serve the real Boba.
Were you happy to see Danny Trejo become a Star Wars character? Let us know in comments!
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