Peter Mayhew, the 2.18 metre (7 feet 2inch) tall English actor who played Chewbacca, Han Solo’s Wookiee business partner and first mate on the Millenium Falcon in the original Star Wars trilogy, has shared a fascinating collection of rare behind the scenes photos from the set on his Twitter account.

From the photos, and Peter’s commentary, you get a genuine sense of just how much fun it was to work on the original series. Here are some of the highlights. We’ve added the Wookie comments ourselves.

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Kenny Baker, who played R2D2, also had a role as one of the lead Ewoks.

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George Lucas showing Mark Hamill how it’s done. Apparently he was sometimes known as Zazzle Moonbreaker on set.

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Crashed on the swamp planet Dagobah.

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Clone Leia? No, Carrie Fisher and her stunt double Isabelle McNally. Wookiee says Arrrooorrgrrrhhh!

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The gorgeous Koo Stark played Camie, a friend and possible love interest of Luke before he left Tatooine. She was also considered for the role of Leia. Unfortunately her scenes were dropped from the final cut.

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Harrison Ford – perhaps expressing some frustration at the movie making process.

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The Glow Monster also didn’t make the final release.

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Duel practice.

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Wrrrroooorrrr!

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Wrgggooorrah!

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Leia just seems to like those big monstery guys.

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Gorgeous Carrie Fisher and cute 11 year old Warwick Davis.

You can check out Peter’s full collection of Star Wars photos and follow him on Twitter here.

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