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Chewie is headed for Germany

May 10th, 2013 by bash 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.

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