2 – Chewbacca was inspired by George Lucas’s dog.
The character of Chewbacca (sometimes called “Chewie”) in the hit Star Wars franchise is unforgettable—he’s a super tall, hairy Wookie who speaks in a series of grunts and moans and is Han Solo’s best pal and co-pilot.
As it turns out, the inspiration for Han Solo’s best friend was also George Lucas’s best friend—his dog Indiana. Indiana was also a big, hairy creature—an Alaskan malamute that would ride sitting up in the passenger seat of Lucas’s car. Sound familiar?
Also, the dog’s name, Indiana, was the inspiration for another famous George Lucas creation: Indiana Jones.