Portrait of a Character – Oscar (Osh) Tiburón
Osh had an unlikely origin.
In the E2 timeline, I wanted to show the first pregnancy as being utterly unplanned. I needed a heterosexual couple for this, so I created Trace and Osh.
Oscar is played by actor Javier Bardem (who I also have playing filmmaker Carlos Castillo).
As is the case with the Carlos Castillo character, I wanted a versatile actor of Latino descent.
Taciturn and maybe a little shy, Oscar is even more of a strong, silent type than Jay Hayes, his commanding officer. He is also a semi-lapsed Catholic, insisting on a full Catholic mass for his wedding on the one hand, but also engaging in premarital sex on the other. So he is a bit conflicted.
Tracey pursues Oscar rather aggressively, giggling like a schoolgirl over him when discussing his finer points with her roommate, Maryam Haroun. She is an Engineering crewman and so their schedules do not always mesh. Once their daughter, Amanda, is born, Oscar is a bit overwhelmed. Amanda is a rather loud crier and is not, at least at the start, the easiest child to raise.
Oscar could exist in the Mirror Universe; there are no impediments to him doing so.
For a strong and fast MACO, there are opportunities on the other side of the pond. Some are regular work opportunities, but others exist in serving the Empress Hoshi Sato directly. I created the character after I had written the main In Between Days books, so Oscar does not appear there. But there is no reason why I can’t retcon him in.
“It would only be right if we were to marry.”
Whenever I need a fast runner, Oscar will be there.
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