Why is Dr. Evazan in ‘Rogue One?’

Rogue One theory about Dr. Evazan, a minor character, who appeared in the original Star Wars movies.

Dr. Evazan and Baba

Dr. Evazan and Baba

File this theory under “longshot,” but I kept asking myself, Why did Dr. Evazan appear in Rogue One? Could it have been just a cute cameo for the hardcore fans or did it actually serve some kind of purpose? The only reason I can think of is that it was just a fun Easter Egg. But then, it was such an intrusive moment that I had to think that there was probably more to it.

Who in the hell is Dr. Evazan?

Everyone in the world knows who he is, but his name is a little obscure for some reason.

Dr. Evazan is the guy in the first Star Wars movie who accosts Luke in the cantina, “He doesn’t like you!” Luke says he’s sorry. “I don’t like you either! You just watch yourself. We’re wanted men. I have the death sentence on twelve systems.” Luke says he’ll be careful and Dr. Evazan says a quote I use all the time, “You’ll be dead!” And then Obi-Wan Kenobi ignites his light saber in defense, takes off Baba’s arm and slashes, though doesn’t kill, Dr. Evazan. Boy, did Dr. Evazan and his buddy Baba pick on the wrong guys!

In Rogue One, Dr. Evazan literally runs into Jyn Erso on the planet Jedha. Truthfully, I didn’t notice if Baba was with him, but he probably was. It’s a small moment, but really intrusive and the kind of thing that would usually end up on the cutting floor first unless there was some reason to not cut it.

For instance, the director, Gareth Edwards, could be the world’s biggest Dr. Evazan fan and had it in his contract that the guy had to be in the movie. Or, and this has happened before, England is a surprisingly small island and a lot of people are related. Edwards could be related to the actor who first played Dr. Evazon, as Ewen McGregor turned out to be related to one of the actors who played Wedge in the original trilogy. But both of those things seem unlikely, so I’ll come up with some perhaps equally unlikely.

Dr. Evazan Superbowl Commercial

Dr. Evazan Superbowl Commercial

So what’s my theory?

I think Dr. Evazon is going to be the Waldo of the Star Wars extended universe. As in, Where’s Dr. Evazan? I bet he shows up in the Han Solo solo movie in two years and in the— and this is complete supposition on my part, another theory— solo Obi-Wan Kenobi movie in four years. So I don’t think he’s going to be in any of the numbered episode Star Wars movies, just the unnumbered Star Wars stories.

Why are they going to do this?

It just seems like a fun thing to do. I have a 3 year-old and he loves those look-and-find books. That moment with Dr. Evazan and Jyn in Rogue One just seemed right out of a look-and-find book, and I’m assuming it’s on purpose. And remember, we’re in the early days of the Disney / Star Wars movies, there was probably a committee meeting sometime where they wanted to have a connective thread in the movies and someone suggested Dr. Evazan and they went with it.

Just for the record, moments like that do bring out my insufferable geek know-it-all qualities and I almost said to my wife, the beautiful Kelly, during the movie, “Hey, it’s Dr. Evazan!” But I managed not to because, well, I was watching Rogue One and wanted to drink it all in.

Speaking of my geek credentials, I should admit that I did NOT know Dr. Evazan’s name until a few years ago when my sister got me the Star Wars pop-up book, which had Dr. Evazan and Baba’s name in it. Baba’s name is super easy to remember because I like to think that he’s a grandmother.

My only wish is that they had given Dr. Evazan a more memorable line since I don’t remember his line. I believe it was something like, “Hey, watch where you are going!” Perhaps he’ll have a bigger role in the young Han Solo movie!

And there is a history in the Star Wars universe of peripheral characters as witnesses to the main action, being there at the significant moments. Lucas was somewhat inspired by Hidden Fortress, a Kurosawa movie where two peasants witness significant moments for rich people. R2-D2 and C3-PO are loosely modeled on those farmers. And certainly, not to bring up Jar Jar, but he actually nominates Palpatine to be Supreme Chancellor! So it’s very Star Wars to have Dr. Evazan be at the places where R2-D2 can’t be. And what the heck, he needs his C3-PO, so throw in Baba.

Don’t bet the farm on this one, but it’s fun to imagine!

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1 Comment

  1. Serial1976

    I believe he was preforming surgery on Jedha, under the alias of Roofoo. He create the Decraniated.

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