Chewbacca Actor Mocks Twitter’s New Story Mode


Joonas Suotamo, the actor who plays Chewbacca in the Disney Star Wars films, took to Twitter to mock the social site’s new story mode feature, Fleets.

Star Wars‘ Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo mocks Twitter’s new story mode. Twitter recently announced a global rollout for its new feature called “Fleets.” This function will now allow users to post messages on the social media site that will automatically delete after 24 hours. Twitter boasts more than 300 million active users worldwide. Many of those users, including Suotamo, who stars as the Star Wars universe’s favorite Wookiee and co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, weighed in with their thoughts about it.

Although Peter Mayhew (The Empire Strikes Back) is the most iconic actor who originally suited up as Chewbacca, Suotamo is the current one in the most recent Disney helmed Star Wars films. Only a few inches shorter than the 7ft 2in Mayhew, Suotamo initially shared the role with him as a “Chewie-double” for 2015’s The Force Awakens, as Mayhew was 70 years old at the time and had limited mobility. Mayhew sadly passed away in 2019 and Suotamo had taken on the full-time role of Chewbacca in all subsequent Star Wars features.

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On Tuesday, Suotamo took to Twitter to playfully mock the platform’s newly announced feature. “Apparently Twitter is allowing us to post Fleets, now? I’ll give it a try. Did it work?” Suotamo captioned above the image of the Millennium Falcon flanked by a massive fleet of Resistance starships in the final space battle featured in 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker. Check it out below:

Although some fans didn’t fully get the joke in Suotamo’s post, many others did. Followers, in response, humorously dropped in images of other fleets, space as well as naval, pictures and videos of Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian who were pivotal characters in that scene, and even some random, ironic, yet apt references to Jake Lloyd’s young Anakin Skywalker from The Phantom Menace screaming, “It’s working!”

“Fleets” is likely a play on the terms and idea of “fleeting tweets,” and is meant to encourage more active engagement in discussions on the platform. Knowing that whatever was posted will be gone a day later is designed to alleviate the stress over having to forever stand behind a passing, casual thought, as well as the pressure users may feel to cultivate likes and retweets. Comedy is hard. And even if fans and the Twitter community didn’t fully receive the humor in Suotamo’s Star Wars laden jab at the new feature, if he’d used the new feature, it would’ve been gone in 24 hours anyway.

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Source: Joonas Suotamo

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Updated: November 18, 2020 — 6:27 pm

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