A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a Wookiee named Chewbacca growled and howled his way through “Star Wars” movies. On Monday, the actor who played him will take the oath to become an American citizen.
British-born Peter Mayhew will be among 441 people from 77 countries who will become naturalized Americans in a ceremony in Arlington, Texas.
Mayhew, 60, played the fur-covered warrior Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” trilogy of the 1970s and 1980s, and the latest movie, “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.”
“I got married to a Texan lady. That more or less decided it,” said Mayhew, who has been married to his wife, Angelique, for six years.
In most cases, an immigrant must be a legal permanent resident for five years before becoming a citizen. The wait is three years if the person marries a U.S. citizen. He also must pass history, English and civics exams.
“I am feeling very happy about it,” Mayhew said. “Whatever people say about America, it is still one of the most wonderful countries in the world, despite the politics, religion and everything else that goes on.”
“I know that I have the best of both worlds with the dual nationality,” he said.
When he takes his oath to become an American, Mayhew said he’ll recite what he can remember and “it will be a Chewie growl for the other parts.”