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After Troy KotsurThe historic Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor made him the second deaf artist to receive the award, an old interview brought his involvement in The Mandalorian enlighten. Kotsur worked as a consultant to help develop the sign language the Tuskens use to communicate. He even played an unnamed Tusken in episode 5 of the first season of The Mandalorian.

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The Mandalorian tells the story of Din Djarin, a Mandalorian bounty hunter played by Pedro Pascal, who is hired by Imperial forces to find and return the child Grogu to them. Instead, the Mandalorian becomes the child’s protector and strives to return him to his own people, the Jedi Order. While working towards this goal, The Mandalorian travels across the galaxy and encounters many diverse groups of people, such as the Tuskens. The Mandalorian must ask the Tuskens, also known as the Sand People, for safe passage through the planet Tatooine. In order to communicate with them, he uses a unique sign language, developed specifically by Kotsur for the star wars universe.

This concert was a dream come true for star wars fan of Kotsur. In an interview for the daily butterflyKotsur explains how star wars touched him like a deaf child:

“Remember in 1977 technology was limited and accessibility for deaf people was limited, but that Star Wars movie blew my mind. It changed my life. Why? It was like ‘watery eyes ” – so visual to me. For the first 5 minutes, do you remember the opening of this movie? The spaceship gunfire, the robots, the C-3P0 jamming and all of it washed over my eyes. I watched it 28 times I watched the movie Star Wars: A New Hope 28 times.

Kotsur was brought on The Mandalorian when a hearing person pleaded for a deaf person to consult on the show. In appreciation, Kotsur said that“It’s a great example of why it’s important to have sign language classes for hearing people, so they can become our allies for various opportunities around the world.”

Kotsur’s work will continue to impact star wars universe, not only The Mandalorianbut also in Boba Fett’s Book and Obi Wan Kenobiagain proving that representation matters.