Was John Wayne Secretly in Star Wars?

We never heard the line “Get off your Bantha and drink your blue milk” in any Star Wars film, but there is a tale that John Wayne did appear in Star Wars: A New Hope. CBR.com have run an article that further expands on the ‘legend’ that John Wayne may have been used to voice the Kubaz, Garindan.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: George Lucas included a voice “cameo” by John Wayne in Star Wars.

It is not overstating it to say that John Wayne is one of the most popular movie stars of all-time. He routinely ranks among the most popular movie stars among fans…NOW. The guy’s been dead for almost 40 years and he STILL typically ranks in the top ten every year when people are asked, “Who is your favorite movie star?” That’s the sort of list that guys like Tom Cruise routinely fall off of and Cruise is still making blockbuster movies every other year while Wayne’s last starring role occurred over four decades ago. So that’s how much of an impact that John Wayne had had on the American popular culture.

Naturally, George Lucas is no exception when it comes to filmmakers who were fans of “The Duke.” I wrote in the past about how one of the reasons why George Lucas edited the original Star Wars film to make Han Solo kill Greedo only AFTER Greedo shot at Han is because Lucas felt that shooting first wasn’t something that a John Wayne character would do and so he didn’t want Han Solo to do it, either.

In addition, the John Wayne influence on Star Wars is also evident in the scene where Luke races home to discover the burned bodies of his beloved uncle and aunt. The sequence is practically a shot for shot remake of the sequence in The Searchers when Wayne’s character races home to discover the burned bodies of his brother, sister-in-law and nephew.

To read the full article, head over to CBR.com.

Steve Galloway
Steve was 5 years old when he saw Star Wars for the first time during its first UK cinema release. He considers himself a first generation Star Wars fan and in his own words is a ‘Child of 77’.