Bill Walton Seriously Claims George Lucas Based Chewbacca Off Of Him
NBA legend Bill Walton not only is among the best and most dominant bigs in league history, he also is still loved by NBA fans for his hippie-being, spirituality and general weirdness.
Walton also is highly entertaining when calling games as color-commentator and has always been one of the funniest people in the NBA.
This was no different during the broadcast of Oregon against USC, when his play-by-play partner Dave Pasch asked him to take a trip back in time.
USC definitely has many famous alumni, with one of the most famous turning out to be the center of discussion – Star Wars creator, and filmmaker George Lucas.
Pasch asked Walton if he could confirm a rumor he heard about the film, leading to Walton confirming that Lucas modeled famous and beloved Star Wars character Chewbacca after him.
“No. I heard that. Chewbacca is modeled after me…
George Lucas is as cool as they get and I remember the night that George and Kareem and Bill Russell and me, we were all up in San Francisco at a big fundraiser for the Martin Luther King memorial.
I auditioned for Chewbacca and they said no but we’re going to model the character after you.”
Bill Walton won’t give Dave Pasch an answer on if he was in the mix to play Chewbacca in Star Wars.
Bill finally says that he “auditioned” to play Chewbacca, but they modeled the character after him.
This is an amazing interaction. pic.twitter.com/uk4rORSf1D
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