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(Guardian)   Double knee replacement will not stop Peter Mayhew from playing Chewbacca in Star Wars VII: I'm Getting Too Old for this Sith   (theguardian.com) divider line 80
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2014-04-08 05:11:25 PM
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From his twitter feed. (Taken at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
 
2014-04-08 05:20:21 PM
I apologize ahead of time for all of the swearing I am about to do.

Aw, shiat. They're farking doing it again.

Yes, we like Chewbacca. We like R2D2 and C3PO as well, but we did not farking need to see them in Episodes 1-3. That was just completely ridiculous. Darth Farking Vader built C3PO? Do you even comprehend how stupid that sounds?

The Star Wars universe is pretty goddamn big. There's no need to use lots of characters from the previous movies.
 
2014-04-08 05:21:54 PM
It's not like playing an old wookie is going to be physically challenging.

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2014-04-08 05:27:58 PM
The Stealth Hippopotamus:

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I'm not sure how I feel about this.
 
2014-04-08 05:30:58 PM

Soup4Bonnie: The Stealth Hippopotamus:

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I'm not sure how I feel about this.


Chewbacca may have been killed and skinned for his pelt, but at least the pelt went to a good cause.
 
2014-04-08 05:51:16 PM

Lando Lincoln: Chewbacca may have been killed and skinned for his pelt, but at least the pelt went to a good cause.


3 ewoks died for this:


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worth it.
 
2014-04-08 06:13:09 PM

Lando Lincoln: I apologize ahead of time for all of the swearing I am about to do.

Aw, shiat. They're farking doing it again.

Yes, we like Chewbacca. We like R2D2 and C3PO as well, but we did not farking need to see them in Episodes 1-3. That was just completely ridiculous. Darth Farking Vader built C3PO? Do you even comprehend how stupid that sounds?

The Star Wars universe is pretty goddamn big. There's no need to use lots of characters from the previous movies.


I seem to recall that having been public knowledge for many years before the movies actually happened...
 
2014-04-08 07:05:36 PM
I'm amazed it took this long.  I saw him ten years ago at FanExpo in Toronto and he was having trouble walking around.
 
2014-04-08 07:07:09 PM

Lando Lincoln: The Star Wars universe is pretty goddamn big. There's no need to use lots of characters from the previous movies.


Yeah,  the Star Trek universe is like 10x as big, there's no need to go back to the Kirk/Spock well but here we are.
 
2014-04-08 07:21:06 PM
Chewie is Dead!

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Lets stop Disney from dicking around too much in the EU. Yes it needs editing but not taking a chainsaw and slashing it to bits. The Vong were one of the few good things in the EU like Zahn's work or the X-Wing series. Now DIsney is doing what I feared they would do the most...Destroy Star Wars and make Episode 1 look like a movie gem by comparison

Stop this Disney, just keep the EU through the Vong, and erase all the crap like the Killik stuff later and continue the series from where the NJO left off. Gives you plety to work with without being a-holes about it and pissing us die-hards off
/Yes this is nerd rage
 
2014-04-08 07:21:43 PM
Let's just call Episode VII what it is: 2.5 hours of cameos.
 
2014-04-08 07:29:23 PM
The problem is that no one, Disney nor Lucas looks at star wars like we do. We actually like it, the high romance and fantasy with a sci fi theme. Nailing trope after trope in simple drama.

They don't care and haven't for decades. Star Wars is just a license meant to be mined for money. And the way to trick people into paying for it is just waving around things they already know like chewbacca and Han Solo and expecting us dutifully to sit down an pay them for it.

Every bit of news I've heard about the new Star Wars confirms this: they are not interested in recreating films that impress and inspire like they did in the 70s. They are leveraging our nostalgia for money. That's it.
 
2014-04-08 07:32:06 PM
Let him have it, it's not wise to upset a Wookiee.
 
2014-04-08 07:32:31 PM

Esc7: Every bit of news I've heard about the new Star Wars confirms this: they are not interested in recreating films that impress and inspire like they did in the 70s. They are leveraging our nostalgia for money. That's it.


To be fair...that was Lucas' intention in the first place.
 
2014-04-08 07:34:09 PM
On the other hand, I was in a Walmart today looking at the action figures, and the Star Wars figures just keep getting better. More detail, more articulation, and the kickass droids and aliens are easier to buy than in the 1980s. I am just sad that I see no kids playing with action figures in real life, or even on tv. If I was still 8 years old, this would be a golden era.
 
2014-04-08 07:37:22 PM
Entertainment HotW
 
2014-04-08 07:47:17 PM

Lando Lincoln: I apologize ahead of time for all of the swearing I am about to do.

Aw, shiat. They're farking doing it again.

Yes, we like Chewbacca. We like R2D2 and C3PO as well, but we did not farking need to see them in Episodes 1-3. That was just completely ridiculous. Darth Farking Vader built C3PO? Do you even comprehend how stupid that sounds?

The Star Wars universe is pretty goddamn big. There's no need to use lots of characters from the previous movies.


C3po and R2D2 were going to be the ones who were going to be be in all of the films.

You need to take a deep breath and remember its a fairy tale.
 
2014-04-08 07:49:10 PM

jedihirsch: Chewie is Dead!



Lets stop Disney from dicking around too much in the EU. Yes it needs editing but not taking a chainsaw and slashing it to bits. The Vong were one of the few good things in the EU like Zahn's work or the X-Wing series. Now DIsney is doing what I feared they would do the most...Destroy Star Wars and make Episode 1 look like a movie gem by comparison

Stop this Disney, just keep the EU through the Vong, and erase all the crap like the Killik stuff later and continue the series from where the NJO left off. Gives you plety to work with without being a-holes about it and pissing us die-hards off
/Yes this is nerd rage


Nope. Kiss your EU goodbye. Nobody read that shiat anyways.
 
2014-04-08 07:51:11 PM

jedihirsch: Lets stop Disney from dicking around too much in the EU. Yes it needs editing but not taking a chainsaw and slashing it to bits. The Vong were one of the few good things in the EU like Zahn's work or the X-Wing series. Now DIsney is doing what I feared they would do the most...Destroy Star Wars and make Episode 1 look like a movie gem by comparison

Stop this Disney, just keep the EU through the Vong, and erase all the crap like the Killik stuff later and continue the series from where the NJO left off. Gives you plety to work with without being a-holes about it and pissing us die-hards off
/Yes this is nerd rage


As an old-school fan who grew up with the original trilogy, everything I've seen about the EU indicates that the slate needs to be wiped clean. Clones with extra vowels? A clone emperor? A major character with a terrible name like Jacen?

Burn it, burn it all.
 
2014-04-08 07:56:31 PM

Lando Lincoln: Yes, we like Chewbacca. We like R2D2 and C3PO as well, but we did not farking need to see them in Episodes 1-3.


It's kind of annoying that we have this expansive galaxy with hundreds of worlds, thousands of sentient species and trillions of citizens, and yet we keep going back to the same places with the same characters.

I got an idea: Howabout someone new who has no relation to anyone in any other movies, who DOES NOT go to Tatooine the first chance they get.
 
2014-04-08 07:57:34 PM
Cause he is the real face of the franchise and everyone could tell if Chewy was portrayed by a stand in?
 
2014-04-08 08:05:53 PM

jedihirsch: Stop this Disney, just keep the EU through the Vong, and erase all the crap like the Killik stuff later and continue the series from where the NJO left off.


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A Message from the European Union:

Dear American Person;

We understand your anxiety about the European Union's interest in Dongs, but we assure you that we have no intention of allowing Killink to put his "crap" anywhere.

1.bp.blogspot.com

Incidentally, have you ever wondered why American immigration is nearly impossible into the EU? Thank you for illustrating the point for those who were previously unsure.

With regards,
José Manuel Barroso
 
2014-04-08 08:13:40 PM

Mad_Radhu: jedihirsch: Lets stop Disney from dicking around too much in the EU. Yes it needs editing but not taking a chainsaw and slashing it to bits. The Vong were one of the few good things in the EU like Zahn's work or the X-Wing series. Now DIsney is doing what I feared they would do the most...Destroy Star Wars and make Episode 1 look like a movie gem by comparison

Stop this Disney, just keep the EU through the Vong, and erase all the crap like the Killik stuff later and continue the series from where the NJO left off. Gives you plety to work with without being a-holes about it and pissing us die-hards off
/Yes this is nerd rage

As an old-school fan who grew up with the original trilogy, everything I've seen about the EU indicates that the slate needs to be wiped clean. Clones with extra vowels? A clone emperor? A major character with a terrible name like Jacen?

Burn it, burn it all.


No most of it is good, there are a few things that need some editing and modifying (except what Barbara Hambley did, that needs to be destroyed). I needs some surgical editing, not a wholesale slashing of it
 
2014-04-08 08:19:53 PM

Bennie Crabtree: On the other hand, I was in a Walmart today


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2014-04-08 08:20:32 PM

Mad_Radhu: jedihirsch: Lets stop Disney from dicking around too much in the EU. Yes it needs editing but not taking a chainsaw and slashing it to bits. The Vong were one of the few good things in the EU like Zahn's work or the X-Wing series. Now DIsney is doing what I feared they would do the most...Destroy Star Wars and make Episode 1 look like a movie gem by comparison

Stop this Disney, just keep the EU through the Vong, and erase all the crap like the Killik stuff later and continue the series from where the NJO left off. Gives you plety to work with without being a-holes about it and pissing us die-hards off
/Yes this is nerd rage

As an old-school fan who grew up with the original trilogy, everything I've seen about the EU indicates that the slate needs to be wiped clean. Clones with extra vowels? A clone emperor? A major character with a terrible name like Jacen?

Burn it, burn it all.


Everyone seems to love the Thrawn trilogy. Which is weird since the first one wasn't written as a Star Wars book, he just crammed it in when he got the deal. And it reads just like that, and probably because of that Thrawn is a very detailed and interesting character who is completely out of place in franchise.
 
2014-04-08 08:27:07 PM

Old Man Winter: Everyone seems to love the Thrawn trilogy. Which is weird since the first one wasn't written as a Star Wars book, he just crammed it in when he got the deal. And it reads just like that, and probably because of that Thrawn is a very detailed and interesting character who is completely out of place in franchise.


But ... it was so artistically done.
 
2014-04-08 08:53:29 PM
I hope he actually gets paid well for this, unlike the sucky contract he signed for the original 3
 
2014-04-08 09:16:42 PM

Old Man Winter: Everyone seems to love the Thrawn trilogy


Really? Furry worms that eat the Force and clones with extra vowels in their names? Everyone loved that?
 
2014-04-08 09:19:36 PM
You whiners already knew Luke, Leia and Han are coming back but you're mad about frickin' Chewbacca?

Well aren't a smart bunch.
 
2014-04-08 09:21:19 PM

Practical_Draconian: Old Man Winter: Everyone seems to love the Thrawn trilogy. Which is weird since the first one wasn't written as a Star Wars book, he just crammed it in when he got the deal. And it reads just like that, and probably because of that Thrawn is a very detailed and interesting character who is completely out of place in franchise.

But ... it was so artistically done.


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2014-04-08 09:27:06 PM
I know you all know he's a really tall guy but when you see him in person you see he is really really huge. He definitely has the banana hands.
 
2014-04-08 09:27:35 PM
Wow. Double knee joints. That's so...creepy and cool at the same time.
 
2014-04-08 09:35:38 PM
how can the actor who played palpatine be in the movie?
 
2014-04-08 09:43:22 PM

What_Would_Jimi_Do: how can the actor who played palpatine be in the movie?


Force ghost?
 
2014-04-08 09:46:06 PM
Complain about cameos all you want, but let's be honest.

These movies desperately need Harrison Ford.
 
2014-04-08 09:54:04 PM
Darth Vader Voiced By Schwarzenegger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh3Wveg4DMk
 
2014-04-08 10:16:07 PM
www.flicksandbits.com
umm,,, yeah,,
well, goodluck there JJ, we're all counting on you and ,,

/leaves
 
2014-04-08 10:17:33 PM

Esc7: The problem is that no one, Disney nor Lucas looks at star wars like we do. We actually like it, the high romance and fantasy with a sci fi theme.


No.  If the Internet has taught me anything, it's that everybody hates Star Wars.
 
2014-04-08 10:19:02 PM

Bondith: Complain about cameos all you want, but let's be honest.

These movies desperately need Harrison Ford.

IG88

FTFM
 
2014-04-08 10:19:03 PM
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He really needs to go to the east platform. Like now.

From either Peter or Billy Dee's Twitter, I can't recall.
 
2014-04-08 10:21:11 PM
Why do they need Mayhew, anyway? You mean there isn't another very tall actor or stuntman who could put on the suit (Tyler Mane, Greg Davies, Brad Garrett)?
 
2014-04-08 10:22:20 PM
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2014-04-08 10:25:21 PM
It'll be interesting to see Chewbacca with a cane, grey pubes and lumps of fecal matter stuck to his ass hairs,
 
2014-04-08 10:31:36 PM

puckrock2000: Why do they need Mayhew, anyway? You mean there isn't another very tall actor or stuntman who could put on the suit (Tyler Mane, Greg Davies, Brad Garrett)?


The people making it are all fans, so I'm sure they would think it would be wrong to not get the original Chewbacca back and just stick Hodor in the costume instead.
 
2014-04-08 10:45:29 PM
I met Peter Mayhew when he came to our little town in South Texas. I guess it helped that he lives in Texas to begin with, but somehow our little town has managed to attract Peter Mayhew and Jeremy Bulloch. David Prowse was supposed to come but his health took a turn for the worse and thus had to cancel his visit. =(
 
2014-04-08 10:48:02 PM
Mayhew's contribution to the Trilogy aside IRL he's a creep and a bit of an asshole, not seeing the "cool" here.
 
2014-04-08 10:58:24 PM

perigee: jedihirsch: Stop this Disney, just keep the EU through the Vong, and erase all the crap like the Killik stuff later and continue the series from where the NJO left off.

A Message from the European Union:
Dear American Person;
We understand your anxiety about the European Union's interest in Dongs, but we assure you that we have no intention of allowing Killink to put his "crap" anywhere.


Relax Frenchy, he's wasn't talking about you.
EU
Expanded Universe

the Vong
The Yuuzhan Vong-"Children of Yun-Yuuzhan", also called the Chosen Race, and sometimes incorrectly abbreviated to Vong, which implied that one was disowned by their family and their gods-were a sentient species which nearly destroyed the New Republic, and were responsible for the deaths of nearly 365 trillion sentient beings during their invasion of the galaxy.

the KillikKilliks
KillikKilliks referred to themselves as the Kind. They were a sentient insectoid species native to Alderaan. They built large mound-like structures on the plains of both Alderaan and Alsakan. Long before most other species came to these worlds, the Killiks vanished. Their disappearance from Alderaan was depicted in Ob Khaddor's moss painting Killik Twilight.

NJO
New Jedi Order

Now say you're sorry for hurting jedihirsch's feelings about immigration.
 
2014-04-08 10:59:12 PM

GungFu: It'll be interesting to see Chewbacca with a cane, grey pubes and lumps of fecal matter stuck to his ass hairs,


Don't forget wheezing when he roars.
 
2014-04-08 11:06:16 PM
The Star Wars franchise has made so much money off of me. I've bought a copy of every book. Every game. Every comic. If it was EU material, I threw cash at it.

Tossing out the EU is a dick move by Disney and they've lost me as a customer because of it. I'm wiping my hands of the franchise and have no desire to see the new movies. I won't bother to watch them until they show up on cable or netflix, if even then.

So, smooth move Disney. Way to fark your loyal customers in the ass and lose revenue in the process. Even if my contribution would just be a drop in the bucket overall, it's still cash they're missing out on.
 
2014-04-08 11:09:16 PM

GungFu: It'll be interesting to see Chewbacca with a cane, grey pubes and lumps of fecal matter stuck to his ass hairs,


Well, Mr Mayhew does have a lightsaber cane. And he's had some run-ins with TSA because of it.
 
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