I can go out in public without being recognized. If I want to be recognized in public, it will happen.
When you've got all the big TV stations with trucks and camera crews there, ... nobody is going to mistake me for anybody else.
They asked if I was interested in a role as a large alien in a movie.
When you consider that you're a character that doesn't speak, but you've still got to react to the other actors, you've got to make a noise of some kind.
Then I put on the new suit they'd made and it felt wonderful to climb back into it and feel the character coming back out again.
When I made the decision to live permanent in the States, ... it was just a natural progression that was part of the process.
With my mask, I controlled all of the mouth movements with my own mouth.
When we first put the costume on, you could see the human shape underneath, so the padding gave Chewie his rounded shape, really.
It's absolutely wonderful, ... It's one of the good days in my life.
It was amazing that during rehearsals, without any of the costume on, the character was there complete. It just happened. Half the time, I didn't know I was doing it.
I've always been interested in the cowboys and the history of the West and the history of America, so it wasn't so bad,
But, apart from that, there was very little on underneath the suit.
I think the things I wanted answered have been answered by people in the know that we can't talk about, so I'm perfectly happy with how Chewie came to be where he is and what is going on in Episode III.
After my own for instance, my favourite is Princess Leia.
When you've got eight or nine or ten cables running around with someone trying to operate them, it's too much.
I think that Star Wars revolutionized not only sci-fi movies, but also the entire industry in the way that things are done.
This has been the best thing that ever happened to me.
Doing the Muppet Show you forget about conventional filming.
A whole new generation is looking at the videos, and going to the video shop and buying the re-release of the complete trilogy, which you can buy at a reasonable price.
I really enjoyed the last scene at the Ewok celebration after the battle.
Never having played Chess before, it was most interesting to be playing the game with no pieces in front of me. But I still knew how to stroke my hair when I won.
I think the main thing was that the character couldn't speak in regular language, so he had to be mimed.
George Lucas puts those types of characters in for the kids. Same with Jar Jar.
With Star Wars fans, there's so much enthusiasm, and it's a completely different generation now.
I got married to a Texan lady. That more or less decided it,
After a while, the character sort of took over.
I think by that time I knew where Chewie was going, and he left me to do what was called for, because the character had been well established. You know, it was like putting on a second skin by that time.
You can get awards for everything, but you only get one certificate for being an American, ... We enjoy it, and this is absolutely wonderful.
George has only got to ring me. His imagination is so wonderful, I'd do any character he might create.
Whatever people say about America, it is still one of the most wonderful countries in the world, despite the politics, religion and everything else that goes on.
Richard Marquand, on Jedi, was very much an actor's director.
I was in the costume department having the costume made the next day, and we were shooting two weeks later when the main unit returned from Tunisia.
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