With the hangover from the May 4th celebration, Star Wars Day, it’s a good time to remember that the legendary John Wayne had a stellar appearance in George Lucas’ Star Wars. Although well, more than official appearance was a kind of participation somewhat curious that not even the actor himself had controlled. As collected from Espinof, it seems that the sound designer Ben Burtt, who participated in the first two Lucas films, had the task of making the audio of an insect man. And recently Burtt himself discovered that this sound had been made from a John Wayne line of dialogue.
“I discovered that it was an electronic buzz that had come out of my synthesizer and was activated by a human voice. I heard it and I realized it was John Wayne: I had found some loop lines in the studio trash that had been thrown. So the buzz was triggered by a dialogue that was something like ‘All right, what are you doing in this city? ‘”.
The character in question “voiced” by Wayne was Garindan, a spy who reveals the location of Luke and Obi-Wan to the Empire when they go to meet Han Solo on Tatooine. A character who had a very small participation in the film but thanks to this he will be remembered forever.
An Ending in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
That means Star Wars was one of the films that closed Wayne’s film career. The last gunman is the work that officially retired one of the western’s most prominent actor, but with this his career had a final clasp with touches of science fiction. The Lucas saga continues to expand to this day, having a trilogy of very recent films at the hands of J.J. Abrams and a batch of television series that are invading Disney+.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the next to arrive premiering on May 27 with a double episode. It will compete against season 4 of Stranger Things on Netflix, but we are sure that the power of force will be intense and the House of Mouse will win the battle in audience and media impact.