• A member of the original wondercafe, Punkins has passed away. There's a thread in the In Memoriam section
  • Our new header image is our own private beach. See Council News & Business for more.

So long, Chewie

Mendalla

Eastern Lowland Gorilla
Messages
25,951
Reaction score
14,464
Peter Mayhew, who played the ape-like alien Wookie Chewbacca in 5 Star Wars movies and numerous other appearances on things like Donny & Marie and The Muppet Show, has gone far, far away, passing away at 74 yesterday. While he had already handed the role over to a new actor beginning with The Last Jedi, he is the one who originated the character and shaped it. While the character began as basically a sidekick for Han Solo, he became quite popular in his own right to the point where Mayhew basically made a career out of playing the character and meeting fans at cons and other events. May the Force be with you, Peter.

(And only two days before Star Wars Day to boot:()
 

Mendalla

Eastern Lowland Gorilla
Messages
25,951
Reaction score
14,464
One of my favorite scenes involving Mayhew as Chewbacca, from the original Star Wars or, if you prefer, A New Hope.

 

GO3838

Well-Known Member
Messages
284
Reaction score
144
While he had already handed the role over to a new actor beginning with The Last Jedi,
I would have thought that wookies in the current movies would tend to be CGI.
I haven't seen the current movies. I'm just a huge fan of the original three, (1977-1983).
and a mild fan of the prequels that came out next (1999-2003).

Didn't see one after movie #6, but I would have thought they're all CGI wookies after that.
 

GO3838

Well-Known Member
Messages
284
Reaction score
144
I remember as a kid asking my parents what the name "Chewbacca" meant, and they said
"chewing tobacco." That's actually when I first learned that people could actually chew tobacco.

Yet I don't think in any of the first 6 movies there were ever lines about Chewie actually chewing tobacco.

Anyone out there know a lot about the "Star Wars" franchise, and enlighten me about the name "Chewbacca"?
 

Mendalla

Eastern Lowland Gorilla
Messages
25,951
Reaction score
14,464
Didn't see one after movie #6, but I would have thought they're all CGI wookies after that.
Background wookies, like in Revenge of the Sith, probably but Chewie is, at present, still a "practical effect". Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo is the new Chewie and if you look through the article I posted, there's a picture of him and Mayhew in the makeup chair together (both played the part in The Force Awakens, then Suotamo played it alone in The Last Jedi with Mayhew on set as a mentor/consultant).
 

Mendalla

Eastern Lowland Gorilla
Messages
25,951
Reaction score
14,464
They opened Galaxy's Edge, the new Star Wars attraction at Disney, bringing out Star Wars luminaries like Mark Hamill and George Lucas. A high point, from the accounts I have read, was Harrison Ford coming out to christen their full-sized Millennium Falcon replica and dedicating it to Peter.
 
Top