Chewbacca Actor on the Missed Moment with Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens might have successfully revived the entire Star Wars film franchise after the years long hiatus from the prequel trilogy, but the film wasn't perfect. The Force Awakens had a number of mistakes, one of which included a scene where Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhews/ Joonas Suotamo) ignoring each other right after Han Solo's death.

It's a mistake that fans have been holding on to for the longest while. Now that the sequel trilogy's finally come to an end with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo talks about that missed moment in The Force Awakens.


"Chewbacca got to hug Leia at the end of The Last Jedi, which was a cool moment," Suotamo explains in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, "Carrie Fisher and I made a point to have a special moment in that closing Falcon scene. But, the story is so huge that these small mishaps — as some people call them — don't weigh as much when you're bringing the Skywalker saga to an end. I'm just glad we corrected the Leia hug in The Last Jedi."

That moment did get a correction in The Last Jedi. Fans were outraged over that missed moment in The Force Awakens, bashing director J.J. Abrams for focusing on the interaction between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Leia so much that he forgot the relationship and the history that General Organa had with Chewie. It would only be natural for Leia to turn to Chewie first after learning of the death of Han Solo (Harrison Ford), after all, the Wookie was the smuggler's life-long companion.

What did you think of that missed moment? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently screening in cinemas.

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