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A Long Time Ago, Paul Reubens Played A Beloved Star Wars Character

A Long Time Ago, Paul Reubens Played A Beloved Star Wars Character

When Rex debuted on Star Tours in 1987, curious kids and nerdy adults were introduced to a fully realized audio animatronic character that they could practically reach out and touch. The ride itself was a motion simulator, but RX-24 was there accompanying you on the ride, making him one of the few characters in Disney Parks at that time that was occupying the same physical space with you. Add Reubens’ voice to the character, and it’s no wonder that fans were so taken by the droid as they sped along with him on a mini-adventure across the galaxy.

Rex was so popular, in fact, Disney brought the character back in the sequel ride, aptly named Star Wars: The Adventure Continues. In 2019, it was happily announced that Reubens would be returning as DJ-R3X, a new, updated iteration of RX-24 (aka Captain Rex) for Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge. Any park attendees that have walked into Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge have surely seen DJ-R3X spinning Jawa hip-hop tunes and dropping “Star Wars” references and one-liners in-between tracks. Reubens even wrote some of the dialogue for the part, adding his own twist to the character. In the original Star Tours ride, Reubens also added his own cadence with that instantly recognizable signature laugh and a few other accents that are unmistakably inspired by Pee-wee.

If you’re wondering how Captain Rex went from being a high-flying pilot to moonlighting as a DJ on the planet Baatu in Galaxy’s Edge, Lucasfilm story group member Matt Martin has you covered (via Peewee.com):

“The short story is Rex flunked his way out of Star Tours, and eventually through some misadventures, he found his way to the Rebellion in the final battle of the galactic civil war, the battle of Jakku. In an epic TIE Fighter chase, he ends up crash landing on Baatu. There he is rescued by the local droidsmith Mubo, where he is repaired and made into a DJ for Oga’s cantina.”

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