The unexpected inspiration behind Chewbacca


The inspiration behind the Wookiee called Chewbacca was the same as that of the character Harrison Ford in the “Indiana Jones” movies! In the 1970s, George Lucas owned an Alaskan Malamute named Indiana, which he took inspiration from for the fan-favorite Wookiee, obviously not in appearance but certainly in personality.

While the dog’s actual appearance is nothing like Chewie’s shaggy brown hair, the American Kennel Club claims that the Malamute are known for their affectionate temperament and extremely loyal and playful. Lucas seems to have been inspired by his mate’s traits and flaunted his relationship with Indiana through the friendship of Chewie and Han Solo.

“I had an Alaskan Malamute when I was writing the movie [Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope]Lucas once said, via the Denver Art Museum. “A very sweet dog, she always sat next to me when I wrote. And when I was driving, she would sit in the front seat. “

As Lucas continued to write the character of Chewie, his appearance eventually evolved into a clothed figure resembling a lemur. The appearance of the Wookiee warrior has often been compared to the Brussels Griffon Dog, due to the similarities in their facial hair. But Chewbacca growls and growls to get out of conversations and can stick his arms out of their sockets.

Besides having an active role in the rebellion of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, he is an irreplaceable part of the Resistance in the new “Star Wars” saga. Plus, he’s a staunch friend, even though that friend is a little Green Jedi he met on his home planet in the “Star Wars” prequels. But it’s Chewbacca’s fan favorite friend that matters most.

Chewie’s companion and best friend Han Solo was inspired by a friend of George Lucas that you may have heard of: legendary “The Godfather” director Francis Ford Coppola. The filmmakers were friends long before “Star Wars”, and Lucas spent a lot of time with him on the set of “Apocalypse Now”. His “soft-spoken” character is said to have inspired Solo in part. So, the next time you see Han Solo and Chewbacca pilot the Millennium Falcon, just think of Francis Ford Coppola and an Alaskan Malamute flying through hyperspace and let that put a smile on your face all day long.



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