Originally published on October 4, 2017
If you follow THE STAR WARS SHOW, the weekly talk show featuring STAR WARS-related news, behind the scenes features, interviews and more, then you may have noticed a familiar face on the show today. Actor Dante Basco was this week’s interviewee, where he discussed the cultural significance behind some of the characters he’s known for playing, as well as his ties to the STAR WARS universe.
As many already know, Basco is known for originating the role of Rufio in the 1991 film, HOOK, and for providing the voice of the complex character Prince Zuko in the hit Nickelodeon series, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER. While many can say they are fans and geeks over both of these franchises now, for Basco, his big geeky obsession has always been STAR WARS.
Without giving too many details away (because the interview is definitely worth the watch), Basco talks about learning that Mark Hamill (a.k.a. Luke Freakin’ Skywalker!) would be voicing his father on AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER and what it was like to work alongside him.
In case you are wondering, no, working with Hamill is not Basco’s sole connection to the STAR WARS universe. If you watch the Disney XD series, STAR WARS REBELS, then you have heard him bring voice to the character of Jai Kell; a former Cadet of the Galactic Empire’s Imperial Academy, who eventually escapes with one of the series’ protagonists, Ezra Bridger, and goes into hiding. While he has only appeared once so far back in Season One, expect to see Jai again in the fourth and final season, which starts on October 16th. (And yes, STAR WARS REBELS is canon.)
It’s so good to see a familiar face from the community appear on this show. To watch his interview, it starts at 4:35.