Casper Van Dien On Wing Commander 4, Starship Troopers & Much More (January 9, 2018)


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GeekScape has posted a podcast episode with Starship Troopers star Casper Van Dien. The actor is well known for his sci-fi acting, but he's also a director with a diverse variety of projects under his belt. He also had a brief cameo in Wing Commander 4, which is mentioned in the show. Mr. Van Dien has highlighted the role via social media with the image to the right and caption, "The time I took a job just to get an autograph from @hamillhimself #wingcommander4 #usetheforceluke." That's not a bad reason to accept a gig!

After making his surprise appearance on Geekscape 400, Casper Van Dien is back… and this time it’s official! Casper talks about working on the Sci-Fi classic ‘Starship Troopers’ and working with directing geniuses like Tim Burton and Paul Verhoeven! We also talk a bit about his own directing work and how he approaches it as an actor! And of course I’ve got to mention Casper’s appearances in two of my favorites: ‘Beast Master III’ and ‘Wing Commander IV’! The man has a ton of awesome sci-fi stories so sit back and enjoy!

Original update published on January 9, 2018
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I remember seeing that scene for the first time thinking "huh, that dude looks like Casper van Dien from Starship Troopers!".
I ultimately decided that couldn't possibly be him, i thought he wouldn't settle for such a small role in a video game.
Starship Troopers, two years later, was pretty much his first "big" role. Up until he filmed Wing Commander in 1995, he was still a kid in his mid 20s who had only worked miscellaneous TV show bits and things like that.
So, now we know that Rico was trained by Luke Skywalker. This explains many things for the Starship Troopers movie, don't you think?
I had no idea he was in WC4, not even after I saw Starship Troopers in 97 or 98 whenever it was.

I do remember another actor from Starship Troopers though speaking of which :D