Chewbacca may not have just been making howling noises, after all.

Han Solo was a very clever man so it's no surprise he was able to understand Chewbacca's howls.

Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew is Chewbacca. Photo / Getty
Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew is Chewbacca. Photo / Getty

But a video has been released of footage on set where Chewbacca actually speaks English (and with a British accent).

In a clip from The Empire Strikes Back that has made the rounds online, documentarian Jamie Benning has resurfaced it.

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Actor Peter Mayhew (who plays Chewbacca) tweeted his approval:


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