Chewbacca’s voice is often imitated by “Star Wars” fans, but there’s a lot more that goes into bringing the beloved Wookiee to life. Joonas Suotamo, the man behind the furry mask in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” shares the four steps involved in perfecting the character. “There’s so much to do, you’ve got to know it deep within you,” he says. The first step is posture. Suotamo explains that Chewbacca never just turns his head, but moves his entire body when speaking.
Next are the neck movements. The actor attributes the Wookiee’s stiff neck to his muscles not getting enough massages over the years. The third step — the arms — are strong, but very loose. “Chewie doesn’t like to stress about things he can’t control,” explains Suotamo. Finally, there’s the Wookiee walk, which he says is the biggest challenge in portraying the character, as Peter Mayhew had a unique way of doing it that’s incredibly hard to emulate.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters on May 25.