Oscar winner Troy Kotsur created the sign language used by the Tusken in ‘The Mandalorian’

The Hollywood Film Academy awarded last Sunday the second deaf actor in the history of the Oscars. Troy Kotsur received the golden statuette for best supporting actor for his work in Codaa film about a deaf family. Kotsur He is deaf and, although until now his work had gone unnoticed, he has dedicated his life to inclusion in the world of cinema and theater. One of his tasks was to create the Sign language used by the Tusken, one of the multiple races of aliens in the universe Star Wars, in the series The Mandalorian and The Boba Fett Book.

Now, after his success at the international movie night, it has been known that his work in the super-productions of Disney+ played a decisive role. in the plot of Star Warsthe Tusken do not speak the same language as the rest of the races, baptized as basicbut communicate through your own sign language. And went Kotsur the one who created that language: the actor himself explained that he wanted the Tusken signs to be radically different to American Sign Language. The actor himself told it like this: “I researched the culture and environment of the Tuskens. I researched the desert and the so-called ‘sand people’. That’s what Luke Skywalker calls them, ‘sand people’. Anyway, my goal was to avoid ASL [lenguaje de señas americano, por sus siglas en inglés]. I made sure it became the Tusken sign language based on its culture and environment.”

You can see a snippet of the series below. The Mandalorian in which the Tuskens can be seen speaking in their unique sign language:


In addition to being the architect of sign language, Kotsur himself played one of the Tusken in the fifth episode of the second season of The Mandalorian. Although it is still a wink, since his real work was behind the camera, helping to set the series in a credible and original context.

His work in the Disney+ blockbusters earned him recognition as honorary member from the international fan costume group Star Wars, the 501st Legion. An honor that the actor received with great enthusiasm. According to Kotsur, working on the Jedi franchise was a dream come true. Kotsur grew up with the saga Star Warsat the age of eight remembers having seen the first film of George Lucas and gape. The actor was totally captivated by the visual feast the 1977 film provided, adding, “During the first five minutes, do you remember the opening of that film? The spaceships firing, the robots, C-3PO fighting and all of it overwhelmed my eyes. I watched it 28 times. I saw the movie Star Wars: A New Hope 28 times.”

Troy Kotsur, Oscar for Best Supporting Actor 2022, at the Vanity Fair party photocallAFP

Even though boba fett book has received criticism of all kinds from fans and critics, the applause for the representation of the Tusken is quite unanimous. These are some characters that rarely appear in the products of Star Wars. The attention to detail regarding their cultural practices and unique sign language they added depth to an exotic species that would otherwise be ignored.

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