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|Harrison Ford Pays Tribute to Star Wars Partner Peter Mayhew by Inspire: 11:45 pm On May 8, 2019|
Harrison Ford has released a heartwarming tribute to his late friend Peter Mayhew. The Chewbacca actor passed away earlier this week at the age of 74 and Star Wars fans from around the world have been posting tributes on social media, remembering the work he did in bringing the Wookiee to life on the big screen for all of these years. In addition, Mayhew’s colleagues have been posting tributes, including Mark Hamill, Joonas Suotamo, and Rian Johnson.
There’s only a handful of cinematic duos who match the level of Han Solo and Chewbacca. They have been legends for over 40 years now, and seeing them work together again in 2015’s The Force Awakens was a big deal. Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew started out together in 1977’s A New Hope and they struck a bond immediately. Harrison Ford had this to say.
Harrison Ford brings up the fact that Peter Mayhew brought his soul into the character of Chewbacca. This echoes the same sentiment the actor’s family talked about in the way they could always tell that it was Mayhew behind the mask by the way he ran or by the way he even held the bowcaster. Mayhew was Chewbacca and he brought everything we know and love about the character to life. Ford explains.
Mark Hamill said Peter Mayhew, “was the gentlest of giants- A big man with an even bigger heart,” before talking about how he could always make the Luke Skywalker actor smile. Hamill went on to say he is a “better man” for having known Mayhew. Joonas Suotamo, who took over for Mayhew as Chewbacca in the latest trilogy, was devastated by the news of the actor’s death and called him a “one-of-a-kind gentleman.” The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson had this to say.
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Peter Mayhew is going to be missed by his friends and family, along with millions of Star Wars fans from around the world. The actor always took a second to take a photo with fans while answering questions and all with a huge smile. Luckily, he was able to conquer his physical ailments to pass the essence of Chewbacca down to Joonas Suotamo, who will keep the iconic character alive in Mayhew’s memory. Harrison Ford’s tribute to Peter Mayhew was first published by The Hollywood Reporter.
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