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Chewie, We Hardly Knew Ye

 

Peter Mayhew/Chewbacca

As everyone knows, Peter Mayhew died.

Peter Mayhew, brought a humanistic flavor to Star Wars as Chewbacca. Although Chewbacca was not human, he was the ultimate sidekick–and the most human character. We loved Peter’s performance as Chewie so much that most of us never  broke the fourth wall to the actor.

As an actor, Peter, in his Chewbacca outfit, had only his body language and eyes to convey the character’s message. Chewbacca’s voice was added later utilizing various animal sounds. For an actor, that is a challenge. Peter did it well.

But, be honest, which of us would not love to have a friend as loyal and strong as Chewbacca was to Han Solo?

Anyone?

Anyone?

I thought as much.

Peter/Chewie, you will be missed. Thank you for everything.

 

Harrison Ford

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Through his career, Harrison Ford has played a number of interesting roles including Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Bladerunner Rick Deckard. Which one is the coolest?

Bladerunner is set in an earth that everyone who can has already left. Neither we, nor Deckerd is sure whether he’s human or a replicant (android). Bet that makes it difficult to complete the census paperwork.

Han Solo at first seems totally cool. And for the record – he did shoot Gredo first. He’s got his own ship. Hangs with Chewbacca (the ultimate wingman), is a gambler and a smuggler – not to mention a self proclaimed scoundrel. Women fall for him – it’s the scoundrel thing. However, other than flying fast and fighting, he really has no other skills. No interests. Not even a hobby – other than his blaster. Okay, he’s cool but pretty one dimensional.

That leaves Indiana Jones. Henry Jones, Jr. PhD. An educated man who steals his nickname from the family dog. You have to be fairly self-confident to do that. Has, a fling with the daughter of his archeological mentor – but she’s hot, so let’s just say he has a touch of scoundrel, but just a touch. He’s a tenured professor who prefers field work to classroom studies. At least one of his female students is smitten with him, but the guys like him too, as one of them slips him an apple. Carries a revolver rather than the ubiquitous .45 Colt automatic, but can do amazing things with a bullwhip. However, for all his strengths, he’s still afraid of snakes. His friends, like Sallah and Dr. Marcus Brody are intriguing. His professional competitors, like Belloq are equally intriguing. Add the fedora and the theme music…

Okay, you’re going to say he had me at “fedora.”

Oh, and on the infinitesimally small chance that Mr. Ford would read this – Harry, as one pilot to another, thanks for entertaining us. I look forward to seeing Ender’s Game, Paranoia, Star Wars VII and Indiana Jones 5.