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Joonas Suotamo Reveals Saga and Solo Anecdotes and Is Eager to Work With Alden Again If They Create More Solo Adventures

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  1. SWNN Probe

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    Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca) has spoken about his time in Star Wars from the sequel trilogy to Solo, revealing interesting anecdotes, details, eagerness to work with Alden Ehrenreich again if they return to Solo, and hopefully playing Chewbacca for years to come.





    First off, I am just going to say this: Joonas Suotamo is a treasure to Star Wars. Disney and Lucasfilm hit a home run when they found him to take over as Chewbacca when legend Peter Mayhew became physically unable to do it anymore. I have yet to meet him in person (though he is fully aware of #MakeSolo2Happen), but from everything I have seen and heard, he is a wonderful human being and one of the best ambassadors the franchise has today.



    Okay, on to the interview which was conducted by The Hollywood Reporter.



    So this first bit is not the juiciest bit of information from the interview, but as a fan of Chewie and the Falcon, this was the coolest part. How seriously Chewie takes Dejarik. Joonas explains:

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    There's something about the way Joonas talks about Chewie that is very endearing and pure. He speaks of him in a very real manner, as if he actually exists, and it's clear he is genuine in how much he loves and respects that he is carrying on the legacy of this beloved character.



    It's almost hard to believe that Joonas has been on screen as Chewbacca as much as Peter Mayhew at this point. Even if you include Peter's brief moments in the suit at the end of The Force Awakens, both actors have almost exactly 40 minutes each on screen as Chewbacca, and I think it's a safe bet The Rise of Skywalker isn't the last we've seen of him. Here are a few exchanges from the interview where Joonas touches on all three movies from the recent trilogy.



    Do you see what I mean about how optimistic and positive he is? Now, positivity aside, Joonas has been tasked with bringing a lot to the screen as Chewbacca, from athleticism and action to anger and sadness. Perhaps his most impactful moment as Chewie came in The Rise of Skywalker, when he learns that Princess Leia has died. I can only speak for myself, but heading into Episode IX, a Star Wars movie had yet to make me cry, and that scene took me there. It's an underrated moment brought to life by Joonas under J.J. Abrams' direction, and the actor explains what it was like shooting that scene, and the atmosphere surrounding it.



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    This interview was full of funny moments too, one of which being Joonas revealing what Chewie said to Rey to which she replies 'It is' when she is back in the Falcon cockpit in The Rise of Skywalker. Poe fans be warned!

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    Joonas is a Star Wars fan, he has watched all of the original films, which not only helped him nail down Peter Mayhew's mannerisms, but he knows his history. And yes, I know there is a comic that shows Chewie getting a medal, but not many people read the comics in comparison to general Star Wars fans, and Maz giving Chewie Han's medal from A New Hope is another moment that makes you desperate to keep tears from falling down your face. Joonas takes us back to filming that scene, which takes place at the end of the film.
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    What makes The Rise of Skywalker such a great movie for Chewbacca fans is his interactions with his friends, new and old. THR's Brian Davids asks Suotamo about two key parts in the movie for Chewie, the first being Chewie's rescue from the First Order, and the second, his reunion with Lando. This is not Joonas' first time with Lando, but it is his first time with legend Billy Dee Williams as the card playing swindler.



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    Okay, now, as a massive Harrison Ford fan, this is the best part of this interview, and possibly one of my favorite reveals from a Star Wars interview period. I like to call this 'vintage Ford' as Joonas explains the veteran actor's casual tension-breaking approach to settling down his less experienced colleagues.



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    As green as he may have been in experience, Joonas did not shy away from giving his input and even doing a little continuity-correcting improvisation. I always wondered why Ford looked at him this way, and now we know! Check out the clip and the explanation afterward.



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    Okay this is where my #MakeSolo2Happen senses start tingling, as now we're getting to the part that makes me cautiously optimistic and hopeful. Probably as cautiously optimistic and hopeful as Joonas is at seeing more Solo too (okay maybe not, because he gets paid to do it). Anyway, he looks back on the film fondly and does not shy from saying he can't wait to work with Alden Ehrenreich again if they continue with more Han and Chewie adventures.



    Currently there are no active projects (that we know of) that include Chewbacca, but THR asked Joonas how he felt about his run (so far):

    So what about the future? The Skywalker saga is over, but will we see Joonas back as Chewbacca again?

    I can't imagine a situation where Lucasfilm and Disney decide to stop including Chewbacca in future projects. First of all, Joonas is only 33 years old and loves playing the character and being an ambassador for the franchise. I think I speak for all Chewie fans when I say they hit an absolute grand slam home run when they found him.



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    I know somewhere, Peter Mayhew is proudly looking down, arms fully stretched in the air as he often did, giving that famously big smile of approval that he can rest easy knowing the character he loved playing so dearly, is in the best hands imaginable.





    SOURCE: THR





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    Touching, amazing, wonderful. One of my favorite characters of all time in SW is in great hands!

    All hail Joonas!!
     
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    Yes, Joonas is a great Chewbacca! Like the article says, it's clear he is very passionate about the character.
     
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    "I think (it was Han's). It would make sense, yeah. Nobody told me whose medal it was, but I’m thinking it was Han’s."

    The Force Collector touches on this. It was Luke's medal.

    It would have been cool if it was Han's but who knows what that crazy scoundrel did with his medal.
     
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