After the initial attempt by Luke Skywalker and his friends to free Han Solo from Jabba's Palace, the gunner was present when Skywalker, Solo, and Chewbacca's intended execution turned into an all-out battle. He saw Skywalker kill Vizam after the Nikto had fired a laser cannon on the skiff carrying Solo, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. He rushed to take control of the cannon while Skywalker fought several guards.
The deck gunner found the Rebels' skiff too tempting a target to pass up, but failed to notice the arrival of Princess Leia Organa, who knocked him out with a vibro-lance. Leia then used a larger cannon to blast the deck of the barge, moments before the Rebels' escaped and the sail barge exploded.
Behind the scenes
- "Aboard the larger vessel, this vulnerable chain of wookiee and humans is too tempting a target for the deck gunner to pass up... so tempting he does not notice a new element in the battle... until too late!"
- ―Narrator, Marvel Comics Return of the Jedi adaptation
This gunner can briefly be seen in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, but Leia's attack on him was cut from the film. A fraction of that footage can be seen in the final film where Leia moves towards the gunner and picks up the staff before Luke tells her to point the cannon at the deck. A far off view of that full scene being filmed can be found in some behind the scenes footage.
A promotional photo of the attack was released and was adapted for one panel of the Marvel Comics adaptation of the film, as well as a 1984 coloring book where the scene is shown from the opposite angle the photos use. The scene was also adapted in the second issue of the Star Wars Manga: Return of the Jedi comic series.
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (First appearance)
- Return of the Jedi Storybook
- Return of the Jedi (book-and-record)
- Classic Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (book-and-tape)
- Return of the Jedi 2 (First identified as deck gunner)
- Star Wars Manga: Return of the Jedi 2
- (as gunner)
- (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Coloring Book (1984) (Picture only)
- (as minion)
- Star Wars: Behind the Magic (Picture only)
- (Picture only)
- Star Wars Annual 2009 (Picture only)