'Star Wars': Chewbacca Speaks English in Newly Surfaced Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Star Wars Episode IV Chewbacca Han Solo - H 2014
<p>Star Wars Episode IV Chewbacca Han Solo - H 2014</p>   |   Courtesy of Everett Collection
Maybe he wasn't just howling, after all.

So, how does Han Solo understand Chewbacca's howls? On set, the answer is ... because he spoke English (and with a British accent).

Footage from the set of The Empire Strikes Back made the rounds online over the weekend after documentarian Jamie Benning surfaced it, and Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew tweeted his approval, writing, "Wonderful bit of stuff."

Other footage of Chewie speaking English on set has popped up over the years, including this behind-the-scenes look at A New Hope:

Some day, someone should create a cut of these movies with Mayhew speaking as Chewbacca and Darth Vader actor David Prowse speaking as the character (as he did on set).