Wes Janson

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Wes Janson was a human male pilot native to Taanab[1] who served as a Lieutenant for the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. He served as a gunner for Wedge Antilles at the Battle of Hoth. He was the first member of Rogue Squadron to successfully take down an Imperial walker with the harpoon and tow cable gambit devised by Commander Luke Skywalker.[2] Following the battle, Janson (along with Antilles and Derek Klivian) boarded X-wing starfighters and helped the last Rebel transport, The Bright Hope escape Hoth.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

"I play a stormtrooper, in a walker, who's trying to shoot down my own bloody plane."
―Ian Liston, the actor who portrays Janson, on The Empire Strikes Back[src]

Wes Janson was portrayed by Ian Liston in The Empire Strikes Back. During filming of The Empire Strikes Back, a call was put out for an actor, not an extra, to play an AT-AT gunner. That was Liston's original role in the film, but he was later asked by an assistant director with whom Liston had previously worked to take the role of Janson since the original actor had fallen ill. Thus he ironically played both an Imperial and a Rebel, and in one sequence of the film is in effect trying to shoot himself down.[3] Regarding his scenes as Janson with Wedge Antilles, Liston revealed in 2005 that the two actors were never actually on set together—Liston's double took his place when the scene focused on Lawson (Antilles) and vice versa.[4]



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