In one of many memorable scenes from 1977’s “Star Wars,” Han Solo warns C-3PO that it’s not wise to upset a Wookiee, because Wookiees are known for ripping arms out of their sockets. Threepio then alters his game-playing strategy (“let the Wookiee win”) and Chewie never rips any arms out of their sockets. He actually never rips any arms off throughout the entire original trilogy. It took until a “Star Wars” comic published in 2015 for Chewie to finally fulfill that potential. As a deleted scene from 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” reveals, though, fans could have seen the Wookiee dismember someone on the big screen, too.
The scene comes during the film’s second act, as the thrown together band of rebels visit Maz Kanata’s castle seeking information. In a previous cut of the film, Rey’s side journey to the lower levels of the castle had a bumpy start. Unkar Plutt, the junk dealer from Jakku, returns to cause trouble for Rey because she stole the Millennium Falcon. His threats don’t go over so well with one of Rey’s new friends.
In addition to paying off a classic line from the original “Star Wars,” the moment also echoes what happened in the original film’s cantina scene. In that scene, Ponda Baba and Doctor Evazan randomly harass Luke Skywalker, causing Obi-Wan Kenobi to intervene. That altercation concludes when Ponda’s severed arm, sliced off by Kenobi’s lightsaber, thuds to the floor. In this scene from “Force Awakens,” Chewie’s in the Kenobi role saying Rey (Luke) from Unkar Plutt (Baba/Evazan) and the scene concludes with everyone starring at Plutt’s detached arm.
This moment didn’t make the final film, but there’s always a chance Chewie will get to pull an arm off in 2017’s “Episode VIII.” Written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and more, “Star Wars: Episode VIII” hits theaters December 15, 2017.
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