Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford ja Joonas Suotamo muistelevat edesmennyttä Peter Mayhew’tä

May the Fourth be with you, Peter!

Virallinen Star Wars -päivä alkaa hieman alakuloisissa merkeissä, sillä alkuperäistä Chewbaccaa näytellyt Peter Mayhew kuoli muutama päivä sitten.

Alla muiden Star Wars -legendojen muisteluviestejä sekä tietenkin myös muiden Hollywood-starojen ajatuksia.

Harrison Ford lähetti jäähyväisensä The Hollywood Reporterin kautta:

Peter 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. 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.

Samalla myös George Lucas jätti hyvästinsä:

Peter was a wonderful man. 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.

Alla lisää jäähyväisiä.

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Devastated to hear about the passing of a dear friend and mentor, the great Peter Mayhew. Peter's warm welcome when I came aboard as his double in The Force Awakens meant so much to me. Studying the character he helped create was always a daunting task, but one that was made easier by his tutelage and kindness as we sought to bring Chewbacca to life for a new generation. He was an absolutely one-of-kind gentleman and a legend of unrivaled class and I will miss him. As the entire Star Wars universe grieves over this terrible loss my thoughts and prayers are with his wife Angie and his family and all of the fans whose lives he has impacted. Rest assured his legacy will live on and the spirit that he gave the character when he first donned the suit will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace My Friend. . . . #RipPeterMayhew

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