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Can You Put A Pair Of Lederhosen On The Wookiee? How Executives Tried To Mess With Star Wars.

I will make it legal!

Look, if Donald Duck doesn’t have to wear pants, neither does Chewbacca. 

You may be familiar with the old quote from Mark Hamill, “Of all the things to worry about… the Wookiee has no pants,” in regards to producers weighing in on Chebacca’s lack of clothing in Star Wars. You might also be familiar with the quote, “Let the Wookiee win.” I think it’s a smart sentiment.

Anyway, Hamill delved a big deeper into the pants comment (and other items of change) with recently.

“I remember the memos from 20th Century Fox,” Hamill said. “‘Can you put a pair of lederhosen on the Wookie?’ All they could thing of was, ‘This character has no pants on!’ This went back and forth. They did sketches of him in culottes and baggy shorts.”

Cullottes huh? Remember how well that worked for Batman? And what is up with lederhosen popping up in conversation lately? Anyway, all’s well that ends well and Wookiees became a pantsless race for all time.

For the record, I’m never googling things having to do with Wookiees and clothing ever again. Because I found things like this. Also, while researching this post, I discovered there is a page dedicated to “pants” on Wookieepedia. So, now you know.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."