— Seán Mac an tSíthigh (@Buailtin) May 24, 2016
Students and Star Wars fans at Scoil Fheirtearaigh National School in Ballyferriter, Ireland were treated to a nice surprise: a visit from the laughing fuzzball himself, Chewbacca. Oh, and this isn’t just any Chewbacca. This was the gen-u-ine article, folks, the real Chewie as in Peter Mayhew in costume. According to BBC, the idea to have Chewie visit came about after those students sent in some of their own Star Wars artwork to Rian Johnson, who’s directing Episode VIII.
The entire visit was kept a big surprise, of course. BBC shared the principal’s account of how the meeting came about:
We received a call from the production team asking could they pay a surprise visit to the kids on Monday.
Of course, we said yes and were told to not let anyone know about the visit and the parents were told on Monday that the kids would be staying an hour later for the surprise.
Chewbacca walked in with the production team and took photos with the children and watched them perform the Star Wars theme tune that the kids had learned, as we are quite a musical school.
The children apparently also tried to teach Chewbacca an Irish phrase: “Ta fórsa an fheirtéaraigh leat,” which (according to this Facebook post) means “Ballyferriter force is with you.” Something tells me Chewie didn’t get it quite right, but still, you better believe he tried. I mean, can you just imagine him interacting with those kids who are trying their best to teach him? Talk about way too freakin’ cute. Oh, and the kids playing the Star Wars theme for the production team with Chewie listening along as well? That’s just so cute I cannot even.
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