The way the Wookie crumbles

When it comes to Star Wars, some fans invariably take the Star Wars films way too seriously, but the people behind the sci-fi series recall the experience as a surreal comic opera.

Studio complaints that Chewbacca was pants-less ?


The Chewbacca character was a good-hearted but fearsome Wookie, a species that was a combination of human, ape and canine. Peter Mayhew, a 2,21m British actor, played the roaring “Chewy” in a thick furry suit, covered from head to toe.

But studio executives in the 1970s worried that the character itself was indecent because all he wore was a strap of ammunition across his chest. “I remember the memos from 20th Century Fox,” Hamill says.

” ‘Can you put a pair of lederhosen on the Wookie?’ All they could think of was, ‘This character has no pants on!’

This went back and forth. They did sketches of him in culottes and baggy shorts.”

In the midst of the studio’s efforts to get him to drop the word “Wars” from the title, Lucas also successfully fought to keep the Wookie au naturel.

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