If you always thought that actor Peter Mayhew was roaring and howling without rhythm or reason on the set of the Star Wars movies, you wouldn’t be the only one. But as it turns out, Chewbacca actually had his very own dialogue, which was delivered to the other actors on set. Two new beind-the-scenes clips featuring the original dialogue track have surfaced, which show off some of Peter Mayhew’s lines in actual English. And it’s pretty amazing.
There’s a perfectly reasonable explanation now as to how Han Solo actor Harrison Ford always seemed to perfectly understand the Shyriiwook language spoken by Chewbacca. That is the native tongue of the Wookie, and for years, many fans believed it was a dialect that Peter Mayhew had somehow perfected. As it turns out, this unique sounding way of communicating was all created in post-production. But Peter Mayhew isn’t disappoint that the illusion has been ruined for some. This morning he shared one of two new clips, his being from The Empire Strikes Back. He says this on his personal Twitter
“Wonderful bit of stuff from @jamieswb!!”
Documentarian Jamie Benning first shared some of the footage over the weekend, and it has quickly gone viral. The first scene has Chewbacca yelling at Han Solo from atop the Millennium Falcon while trying to repair the ship on Hoth, just before he and Han are about to abandoned the Rebels. The second scene is from A New Hope, and has Chewbacca saying ‘That old man has gone mad’ after they first arrive on the Death Star with Luke, Obi-Wan and the two droids.
There is also a Darth Vader clip making the rounds that features original Darth Vader actor David Prowse using his real voice on the set of a New Hope, but it’s not quite as special as it features footage that has been seen before by fans. The hope now is that some enterprising Youtuber puts together a cut of A New Hope using the original English spoken by both Peter Mayhew and David Prowse.
Jamie Benning has made quite a few documentaries in the past that revolve around everyone’s favorite films, unearthing special behind-the-scenes moments from such classics as Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark. He has a deep love for Star Wars, having made three different Star Wars related documentaries in the past. Now, he is somewhat demystifying the legacy. If you want to stay pure, we suggest you don’t watch the following clips, no matter how much fun they may at first seem to be. You may never unhear these voices while watching Chewy in Star Wars again. It leaves us wondering if footage like this exists from http://movieweb.com/star-wars-8-rumor-chewbacca-dies-bb8/Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and if so, why isn’t it on the new special edition Blu-ray?
Wonderful bit of stuff from @jamieswb!! pic.twitter.com/oObW8Cll2f
– Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) November 5, 2016