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Thread: Obscure character in both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back

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    Obscure character in both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back

    I don't think this has been widely acknowledged but Burnell Tucker, the actor who played the character now known as "Del Goren" in Star Wars: A New Hope ("Squad leaders, we've picked up a new group of signals. Enemy fighters coming your way."), also played a character in Echo Base in The Empire Strikes Back known variously as "Other Rebel Officer" (how he is credited on IMDb) and "Senior Controller" (in the screenplay). He's the guy who is listening to the Imperial probe droid when Rieekan tells Han and Leia, "We've picked up something outside the base in zone twelve, moving east." Han says, "It could be a speeder, one of ours" and Tucker's character says, "No. Wait, there's something very weak coming through." I'm confused why this actor, who is playing a very similar role in both films, is not credited as "Del Goren" in Empire as well in the EU. I'm sure it's simply an oversight as it took someone pointing out to me that it was the same actor to notice this. But it's definitely the same guy from A New Hope.

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    Cool find!
    I've always liked his line delivery in ANH, adding a foreboding touch to the battle. Cool to know he's also in ESB

    (psst Hasbro, this would be an easy retool for TVC)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushie View Post
    I've always liked his line delivery in ANH, adding a foreboding touch to the battle. Cool to know he's also in ESB
    Yeah, the way it's shot coupled with his delivery makes for a very intense moment that almost feels slightly tonally removed from the film but not enough to be jarring.
    Last edited by ZevSenesca; 06-09-2019 at 12:44 PM.

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    So it gets even weirder, Wookieepedia credits Burnell as playing two parts in ESB, Romas Navander and Wyron Serper.
    There's nothing in the current canon that requires them to be three separate characters, so what gives?

    https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Burnell_Tucker

    Perhaps they're identical triplets (and orphans) who were all adopted and thus got new surnames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushie View Post
    So it gets even weirder, Wookieepedia credits Burnell as playing two parts in ESB, Romas Navander and Wyron Serper.
    There's nothing in the current canon that requires them to be three separate characters, so what gives?

    https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Burnell_Tucker

    Perhaps they're identical triplets (and orphans) who were all adopted and thus got new surnames.
    That's odd! An actor playing multiple parts in Star Wars films is nothing unusual but usually they are disguised in some way and in different parts of the film
    Last edited by ZevSenesca; 06-10-2019 at 11:37 PM.

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