Harrison Ford pays tribute to Peter Mayhew on 'The Tonight Show'

25 Mai, 2019, 14:52 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Chewbacca and Han Solo in Star Wars The Force Awakens

"He was a really sweet man, nice man, and he had a hard time physically", an emotional Ford said of the 7-foot, 2-inch tall actor.

The actor visited The Tonight Show on Thursday and discussed his fondness for Mayhew, who first appeared onscreen as Chewbacca in 1977 alongside Ford's Han Solo, and would go on to play the lovable Wookiee in multiple films throughout the fantasy series. It was really hard for him to do what he did for us, all of us, and he did it with real dignity and class. He was a really neat guy. Ford noted the quiet challenge Mayhew faced playing Chewbacca.

When Jimmy Fallon, proving why he's my least favorite of the late night hosts, said that his show is normally more playful (and therefore, less meaningful, in my eyes) and that he appreciated Ford for speaking candidly, the Indiana Jones actor quickly quipped, "get on with it".

Last month, when news of Mayhew's death in Texas spread, Ford released a heartfelt statement about his longtime friend.

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Mayhew's very big height of 7 feet, 3 inches was the product of Marfan syndrome, a connective-tissue disorder.

The star portrayed Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy as well as 2005's Revenge of the Sith and 2015's The Force Awakens. His health issues forced him to retire from the role, however, and he has since been replaced by Joonas Suotamo. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to its continued success and he was devoted to them.

"A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly - I'm grateful for the memories we shared & I'm a better man for just having known him". My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children.

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