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'Star Wars' Behind-the-Scenes Instagrams Reveal Chewbacca's Origin

From Princess Leia operating a camera to C-3PO taking a load off, check out on-set and rare pictures from the movie franchise

Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew (in costume as Chewbacca).
CBS Photo Archive/Hulton Archive
March 21, 2014 9:45 AM ET

With Star Wars VII seemingly lost in a galaxy far, far away, the series' producers are holding fans' interest on what may be the final frontier: Instagram. In the months since Darth Vader posted his first selfie, the galactic franchise's account has been posting a steady mix of iconic portraiture and behind-the-scenes glimpses at how all six of the existing movies were made.

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Among its hundreds of posts, several pictures stood out, such as ones showing the creation of Admiral Ackbar and others just showing some on-set fooling around, the likes of which Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew shared on Twitter a while back. Here are some of the standouts (h/t Neatorama):

A test for the first movie's opening crawl:

Harrison Ford smiling:

Sibling affection:

The makings of an admiral:

Jill-of-all-trades Carrie Fisher:

Silver sheeting that created the hyperspace-jump effect:

 

Darth Vader's stunt double:

A giggling Queen Padme:

Warwick Davis and Jabba the Hutt:

Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt petting the inspiration for Chewbacca and the namesake for Indiana Jones: George Lucas' dog

Human after all:

Ben Burtt playing ewok sounds:

Another night at the cantina with ILM model maker Don Bies:

Gamorrean guard feet:

Kidding around with producer Gary Kurtz:

A genuine swatch of wampa hair:

Filming R2-D2 in the swamps of Dagobah:

The extras line for the final scene of A New Hope:

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