In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, when they get back to the Millennium Falcon after escaping from Hoth, C-3PO calls Han "Captain Turner" twice during the panic when they escape into an asteroid field.

Why does he use this name?

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    I'm guessing C3PO said "Captain, turn her" and you misinterpreted.
    – Neil
    Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 15:51
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    You may want to post some links to these instances. That or quote it from text somewhere and link the reference. Then I will reverse my -1.
    – Chad
    Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 15:51
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    Turner? He barely knew 'er.
    – user1320
    Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 16:38
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    "during the panic when they escape into an asteroid field." This event does not occur in the series. Do you mean after they escape from Hoth and before they land in the big asteroid with the space slug?
    – DampeS8N
    Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 16:51
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    Han says "turn her" twice when they are in the asteroid field. No one else says "turn her" in the ESB script according to blueharvest.net/scoops/esb-script.shtml Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 20:42

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I believe this is in Episode V, "Empire Strikes Back," and if so I remember the instances you are talking about (watched "ESB" way too much...or not enough). I've always thought it was just his English accent. The original "Star Wars" trilogy is full of rushed and unclear dialogue (I thought Han Solo was saying "Boat attack" instead of "Boba Fett" in "ROTJ" for years) and dual pronunciations (Leia/Lee-a).

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    I think the distortion/muffling from the mask may have also contributed. Commented May 17, 2012 at 4:33
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    I found it. It's at about 10:10 in this clip. It's right before the Falcon has managed to start up and take off. And you are right - it's just C3PO's robotic British voice, but when I first heard it, I did hear "Captain Turner", but it really is "Captain Solo", just as you say here, Brett.
    – Dronz
    Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 6:43
  • It's like Laurel and Yanny, or Harbulary batteries.
    – Gaultheria
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 22:13
  • The script if you want further evidence. The line after "Threepio clanks into the hold."
    – OrangeDog
    Commented May 8 at 14:15

If you turn on your CC you'll see C3PO is in fact saying "Captain Solo". I thought he was saying "Turner" also, that's why I googled it. Once you watch it with CC on you'll hear it correctly.

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