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The John Wayne Cameo In Star Wars You Probably Never Noticed
While 1976's "The Shootist” is commonly known as screen legend John Wayne’s final on-screen credit, however, his final role was technically an unintentional, uncredited voiceover in 1977’s "Star Wars: A New Hope.” Ben Burtt, the sound designer behind the "Star Wars" trilogy and prequels, shared how Wayne’s voice cameo came about.
Burtt stated that needed special sound for the mosquito-looking character Garindan, and after checking his production notes figured out how the created the voice. He stated that buzzing created by his synthesizer “ was triggered by a human voice. And I listened to it and realized it was John Wayne – I had found some loop lines in the trash from the studio that had been thrown away.”
Garindan’s sound originated from Wayne saying something like “All right, what are you doin' in this town.” The character ultimately clues the Stormtroopers to the whereabouts of R2-D2, C-3PO, Luke, Han, Chewie, and Obi-Wan making the very minor role, in the end, rather crucial.