Chewie ist tot, er verstarb am 30. April im Kreise seiner Familie in Texas. Peter trinkt grade mit Leia irgendwo ‘ne Runde und röhrt wie so’n Wookie und was ich Chewie ja schon immer mal sagen wollte: ‘Ne Laser-Armbrust ist die wahrscheinlich allercoolste Laserwaffe der Galaxis of all time. Pew Pew.
Mach’s gut Peter und danke für die ganzen MWWWOAAAAARRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHs.
Mr. Mayhew — who was 7-foot-3 — donned a shaggy costume to play Chewbacca, the menacing yet cuddly Wookiee who was a sidekick to Han Solo and the co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon. He appeared in all three films of the original trilogy, as well as in “Revenge of the Sith” in 2005 and “The Force Awakens” in 2015.
“He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films, from his knock-kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth,” Mr. Mayhew’s family said in its statement.
The actor Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo, said in a statement on Thursday that Mr. Mayhew “was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character.”
“These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca,” Mr. Ford said.
“Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character,” Harrison Ford said in a statement to Variety. “These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience.
“Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to it’s continued success and he was devoted to them. I and millions of others will never forget Peter and what he gave us all. My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children. Rest easy, my dear friend.”
“Peter was a wonderful man,” “Star Wars” creator and Lucasfilm founder George Lucas said in a statement. “He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee: big heart, gentle nature … and I learned to always let him win. He was a good friend and I’m saddened by his passing.”
“Star Wars” star Mark Hamill, who has played Luke Skywalker in nearly every film, said Mayhew was “a big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile.”