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Chewie is headed for Germany

May 10th, 2013 by Marc Comments

The actor behind the mighty Chewbacca will be at Star Wars Celebration Europe in Essen this July.

The English actor will be greeting fans and signing autographs in the Celebration Autograph Hall.

Originally an English hospital worker, Mayhew found himself catapulted into films when he was discovered when his photo was featured in a newspaper article about men with large feet.

The actor, who stands 7’3”, was subsequently cast as the Minotaur in Ray Harryhausen’s Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. Around the same time, he was cast by George Lucas in Star Wars.

The actor threw himself into the role – even visiting zoos to study the movement of bears, monkeys, gorillas and other animals with traits that could be used in defining the Wookiee co-pilot’s performance.

Once inside the costume, Mayhew embodied the character singularly and completely, creating one of the trilogy’s most enduring characters.

Celebration Europe II takes place in Messe Essen, Germany from July 26 – 28.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….