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We’re inching dangerously close to the moment when Chewbacca Mom – the woman who went uber-viral by wearing a Chewbacca mask in a truly joyous video – is overstaying her welcome. It hasn’t happened yet. She’s still adorable, even as she makes the now-requisite late-night television rounds. But if we’re still watching her and that mask in a week, it will be time to pull the plug. However, this wonderful cameo is worth a look, and it shows what a good guy J.J. Abrams is. Here’s the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director discussing Chewbacca’s voice with Candace Payne and James Corden:
Thankfully, this didn’t transition into one of James Corden’s characteristic Carpool Karaoke bits. Because I’m not sure I have enough coffee in my system to handle Corden, J.J. Abrams and Candace Payne singing the Ewok theme song from Return of the Jedi while wearing Chewbacca masks from Kohl’s. But the idea that a scruffy Abrams was willing to hop into Corden’s show car and give Payne direction is just the right level of "cute" to allow this viral sensation to ride the last of her 15 minutes.
The fun times didn’t stop there, though. Later in the program, James Corden had a message for Candace Payne from the real Chewbacca, Mr. Peter Mayhew, and you can watch that magic happen here:
This really is part of the reason why Star Wars fans feel like they are members of a larger, inclusive community. The people who work on Star Wars behind the scenes and in front of the cameras tend to go that extra mile when they see how fans get joy from the stories. We have documented the numerous times that Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, has spent his private time interacting with fans of Star Wars. Abrams did it himself through the Force for Change initiative while filming The Force Awakens. And it continues through the kindness they are showing Candace Payne… all because she had fun with a Chewbacca mask.
In case you missed her original video, here it is again:
Yep. Still funny. Now, Rian Johnson, it’s your turn. Find a cameo role for Candace Payne. Put her in a Stormtrooper suit. Make her laugh at the very end of the scene. It’s the least you can do.