….they speak Kikuyu, a Kenyan language.
At least that’s what George Lucas would have us believe.
Any Kikuyu speaker/understander who has seen Star Wars VI: Return of The Jedi will know exactly what I am referring to.
I am talking about the scene that is shot inside the Millenium Falcon cockpit, scene 81 to be exact.
Here is a quick recap:
Lando: (cute brother…but is that a gheri curl?)
Admiral, we’re in position. All fighters accounted for.
Proceed with the countdown. All groups assume attack coordinates.
Nien Numb (alien co-pilot, fluent in Kikuyu)
AtÄ©-rÄ©rÄ© inyue haria mÅ©rÄ©Ä© haria muÅ©ke haha
This literally translates to:
AtÄ©-rÄ©rÄ© all you lot over there who are over there come here
In NO way shape or form does it translate to this:
One thousand herds of elephants are standing on my foot.
(props to IMDB for correcting this but you still got it slightly wrong)
My first reaction to this scene was shock. It was so unexpected. The next time I watched the same scene I was annoyed that Kikuyu was considered an alien language. Surely the alien could just have said:
lhadlhaslkhlfa jlndiensyjshd sah dididnas gbajdkg
What has pissed me off even more is that Nien Numb’s Kikuyu moment is not recorded in the script. All they have to mark Kikuyu’s 2 seconds of fame is this:
Lando turns to his weird copilot.
I read through the credits at the end of the film and there is no mention of who provides Nien Numb’s voice.
This is just wrong!
There is a Kikuyu speaking actor/voice person (?) who contributed his /her talents and ability yet his/her work has not been credited.
I am not a huge Star Wars fan but I want to thank the person who uttered those Kikuyu words. Irrespective of the context – there is a certain happy feeling you get when you realise you are probably the only person in the cinema who understood what Nien Numb said.
Kikuyu translationby Joan (again!) – Thank you girl.
The Kikuyu word, atÄ©-rÄ©rÄ© does not have an English equivalent. It is yet another example of our versatile words.
P.S Chubby One – You think you are the only one who knows movies? Nani kama mimi