Oscar winner Troy Kotsur invented a language for Star Wars

Oscar winner Troy Kotsur invented a language for Star Wars
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First deaf actor to win a statuette (for CODA), Troy Kotsur played a Tusken in The Mandalorian. A people of Tatooine whose dialect he participated in creating, close to sign language.

At 53, Troy Kotsur made Oscar history by winning the Best Supporting Actor statuette this weekend for CODA. A first for a deaf actor, 35 years after the female victory of Marlee Matlin, who plays his wife in the film: she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1987 for The Children of Silence.

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The actor already has a busy career in Hollywood: appearing in the film The Number 23 or series Scrubs and Criminal mindshe joined the saga in 2019 Star Wars by participating in the filming of the fifth episode of the first season of mandalorian. He played a Tusken, an emblematic character of the universe created by George Lucas. These people of the sands, living on the desert planet of Tatooine, speak a particular dialect, using gestures, inspired by American Sign Language. He himself participated in creating this language, which has since been reused in The Boba Fett Book, and that we should logically find soon in the series dedicated to Obi-Wan Kenobi (still played by Exan McGregor), which should start on May 25 on Disney +. Will the Tuskens also be present in season 3 of The Mandalorian ? We just learned that the filming of its season 3 was completed. It should be broadcast in the fall on the streaming platform.

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