Wow, another great Star Wars actor is called by the Force to return home. As a child, and even as an adult, Chewbacca has been one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars Universe. He was unlike anything I had ever seen and I immediately felt a close bond with the character. Seeing his relationship with Han impressed upon me the true need for a best friend; a real pal. He was strong and fierce but sweet, loyal and compassionate. He was all the best qualities of humanity incapsulated in a Wookie. Peter Mayhew brought the character of Chewbacca to life and made him his own.
I love what Pablo Hidalgo tweeted about in regards to Peter discussing with animators about “what’s at the heart of Chewie”. Only he truly knows! Even though Lucas created the character in fiction, Mayhew shaped the character, became that character and brought Chewbacca to life. While he transitioned the role to a new actor recently, it will always be Peter’s role and he will be deeply missed.