12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Jabba The Hutt
Jabba the Hutt. You know him. You love him. You remember when Mel Brooks and company lampooned him with "Pizza the Hutt" in Spaceballs. Jabba the Hutt surely is one of the most enduring aliens in all of Star Wars. He's up there with Yoda and Chewbacca, for crying out loud. But there is more to the massive criminal than first meets the eye... even if there is a lot of him to look at upon first glance. He had a son that was rescued by Jedi during the Clone Wars era. He was original depicted as a human man back in 1977's A New Hope. He and the rest of the Hutt Clan ruled over multiple planets during the height of their power. If everything you know about Jabba the Hutt is from Return of the Jedi, then scroll down and learn about one of the meanest (and heaviest) aliens ever to make a name for himself in a galaxy far, far away.
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Jabba And The Grand Hutt Council Had A Massive Amount Of Territory Outside Both Republic And Empire ControlPhoto: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Cartoon Network
The Hutts may have fallen to massive infighting after Jabba's death in Return of the Jedi, but they were a genuine power there for a while. Numerous planets were under the control of the Grant Hutt Council during its heyday, with "Hutt Space" being a large cesspool filled with some of the most reprehensible citizens in the galaxy. Just imagine Jabba's Palace from the opening of the third Star Wars film and extended it to cover entire systems of space and you've got the basic idea.
The entirety of Hutt Space was ruled from the Hutt homeworld of Nal Hutta and the Grand Hutt Council controlled it by wielding a big stick. During the height of their power during the late-Republic and Imperial era, the Hutt Clan was allowed to rule out of the idea that the devil you know is better than the devil you don't. Better to have the Hutts in power than to have all of Hutt Space decend into violent chaos.
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A Holo-Recording Of Jabba’s Death Made Rounds After The Fall Of The Empire, Earning Leia The Nickname “Huttslayer”Photo: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox
Jabba the Hutt's death wasn't exactly the kind of demise that gets written about in legends and songs– he was comically strangled to death during the Rebel's rescue of Han Solo in the opening of Return of the Jedi. Even worse for Jabba, it's revealed in Bloodline, a novel centered on Leia as a senator in the New Republic, that a holo-recording of his death, flailing tongue and all, was sent around after his passing, making it known forever that "Slave Leia" and "Huttslayer" are synonymous.
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Jabba Was Originally Depicted As A Human In A Deleted Scene In 'A New Hope'Photo: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope / 20th Century Fox
The original Jabba the Hutt that was cut from the theatrical cut of Star Wars back in 1977 wasn't a slug but a man. A man who absolutely loved brown clothing. This human Jabba was played by Irish actor Declan Mulholland. It didn't really mesh with the outlandish worldbuilding in Lucas' original film, though the director apparently always intended on replacing Mulholland with an alien in post, hence why it got cut in the first place.
The scene has since been added back into A New Hope with a CGI version of Jabba the Hutt everyone knows and loves pasted over the original performance. Mulholland's Jabba definitely stands as an interesting curio of Star Wars lore and it explains why Han Solo calls Jabba a "wonderful human being" during the updated version of the scene that was added to more recent edits of the film.
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Jabba Set A Bounty For Ben Kenobi After He And A Young Luke Interfered With The Collection Of A Water Tax On TatooinePhoto: Marvel Comics
Years before Ben Kenobi and Luke would jet off into space with Han Solo to kickstart the "Skywalker Saga," Kenobi ended up running afoul of Jabba the Hutt. During Luke's childhood, Tatooine struggled through the "Great Drought." Being the criminal he is, Jabba began enforcing a water tax on the denizens of Tatooine to make some easy money. Luke, rambunctious and chaoticly-good child he was, decided to try and take his Uncle Owen's money back from the collectors, leading Obi-Wan to get involved.
A Wookiee bounty hunter called Black Krrsantan tracked down and kidnapped Owen Lars, leading to a confrontation with Ben Kenobi, ending with Krrsantan falling off cliff, surviving and fleeing Tatooine, fearing Jabba's wrath.
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Jabba Weighed Close To 3,000 PoundsPhoto: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox
According to Star Wars lore, Jabba the Hutt weighed close to 3,000 pounds. The fact that he managed to run a successful criminal empire while being that heavy is pretty astonishing, to be honest. The alien surely had to be strong but it isn't like he could get around that easily. It takes some serious gumption to hold control over a massive amount of people when you weigh nearly one and a half tons. And how much did the guy eat? Sure, he lived over six centuries, but that is a lot of food.
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Jabba Had His Own Series Of Comic Book One-Shots In The Mid-90sPhoto: Dark Horse
In the era before Disney owned both Lucasfilm and Marvel, the Star Wars comic books were published by Dark Horse Comics. Sure the original series was published by Marvel in the 70s and 80s, but Dark Horse published comics set in the galaxy far, far away for more than twenty years including a series of one-shots from the 1990's starring Jabba the Hutt himself.
Writer Jim Woodring came up with four stories about the slimy gangster with penciller Art Wetherell and inker Monty Sheldon coming together to bring the gross alien to life on the page. Funnily enough, the collected trade paperback that houses these one-shots is titled Jabba the Hutt: The Art of the Deal after the Donald Trump book of the same name. So, take that as you will...