Brian Vernel Talks His Bala-Tik Character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Brian Vernel talks about meeting Harrison Ford and his thoughts about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The actor played Bala-Tik, a human negotiator for the feared Guavian Death Gang, who were in pursuit of Han Solo and Chewbacca because of an unpaid debt. Read on for more.



“Tell that to Kanjiklub” -Bala-Tik/ Star Wars: The Force Awakens


One of the coolest characters in The Force Awakens was the character Bala-Tik, played by Brian Vernel. The Scottish born actor caught attention from the fans when he issued a death threat to Han Solo in a Glaswegian accent as he and his renegade Guavian Death Gang laid siege on the heroes.


In a new interview, the actor spoke about meeting Harrison Ford and shared his thoughts about Star Wars” The Force Awakens.


Check out the Brian Vernel Interview here:



Source: Red Carpet News TV


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29 thoughts on “Brian Vernel Talks His Bala-Tik Character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • June 11, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Mark Ellis’ tiwn speaks out

  • June 11, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    alright mark ellis

  • June 11, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    There is too much resemblance between the two! Mark Ellis forever!

  • June 11, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Does he live on Harloff Minor?

    • June 12, 2016 at 12:58 am

      His roommate is Darth Harloff.

  • June 12, 2016 at 12:58 am

    I’m afraid you got this actor’s name incorrect. It’s *Mark Ellis*.

  • June 12, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Thank you sir for giving us one of the most memorable lines in Star Wars lol

    • June 12, 2016 at 4:05 am

      It’s already iconic, lol. Collider Jedi Council is partially thankful for that.

      • June 12, 2016 at 4:12 am

        “Haaaaan Soooo-lo….yeh’re a deed mon!”

        Great, so now I’m gonna wander the house the rest of the evening thinking of this guy insulting the size of Han’s heed:

  • June 12, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Actually, first time I saw the movie, I thought it was Topher Grace.

    • June 12, 2016 at 4:04 am

      Holy crap, the resemblance is uncanny.

      • June 12, 2016 at 4:30 am

        The first time I saw it, I thought it was Daniel Radcliffe.

        • June 12, 2016 at 4:34 am

          Really? Mmmm…I could see that.

  • June 12, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Hearing a Scottish accent in Star Wars just feels wrong in some way. It grates every time I hear it, and I’m Scottish.
    The Kiwi accents in the prequels were also a little hard to handle.

    • June 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Initially I found the harshness of the Glaswegian accent a little jarring, but it grew on me. Ended up really liking it. Hoping there will be more Scottish actors to feature in later movies to carry on the fine lineage of McGregor, McDiarmid, Lawson, Sheard, McCrindle, and Park.

      I’m a Fifer by the way.

      • June 12, 2016 at 10:48 pm

        You can hear McDiarmid’s accent slip a few times in Jedi and other films too.

  • June 12, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I honestly thought Bala Tik was Mark Ellis from Collider Jedi Council when I first saw TFA. I was like…WHOA Mark2D2 reaaaally knew how to keep a secret from all of us.

    • June 12, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      Yeah, same here, no joke. Call me stupid but I honestly thought Mark Ellis was Bala. They look so alike. haha.

  • June 12, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Miscast, It’s cool that they are finally including Scot accents in the saga but this guy in no way at all in any shape, way, or form looks like a tough as nails intergalactic gangster.

    • June 12, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Tell that to Kanjiklub..

    • June 13, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      That’s why it works. Those contradictions is why SW is cool.

      If Jar-Jar can be a General, and Threepio a golden god, and Ewoks defeat stormtroopers, and an immobile slug can be a mob boss…then this guy can be an errand boy.

      • June 17, 2016 at 11:17 am

        Yeah but those are aliens and droids which don’t exist in the real world as of yet.

    • June 19, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      And the article starts out by stating, ” one of the coolest characters ” Lol !!!! Lol !!!!!! And really ? Lol,!!!!

      • June 20, 2016 at 10:40 am

        He looks like he has the Zika.

  • June 14, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Okay, I still don’t get this – why were they trying to collect on money they loaned to Han to go capture and sell rathtars…while he was on his way to deliver and sell rathtars? I mean, wasn’t what he was in the middle of doing exactly what they had arranged with him to do?

    • June 14, 2016 at 4:11 am

      He missed his deadline because he was looking for the Falcon. It’s not like they loaned him 50,000 and said “pay us back whenever you get around it to”.

  • June 14, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    He was actually a total of 100,000 credits in the hole. And LATE on paying either side back.

  • June 14, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    That’s silly…everyone knows Mark Ellis is Kanjiklub….

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