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Celebrate Chewbacca, the Real Hero of the Star Wars Universe, with These Artful Videos

Celebrate Chewbacca, the Real Hero of the Star Wars Universe, with Some Pop-Up Art and Chocolate in His Image

Originally posted 10/14/2015 04:35PM

Here's a hot take: The real hero of the Star Wars universe is Chewbacca. His unwavering loyalty, courage and luxurious coat are the real lynchpins of the Rebel base, not the dumb Force or whatever.

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May the 4th Be with You! See the First Photo of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cast

See Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew in the First Photo of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cast

Originally posted 05/04/2015 10:45AM

Fans can properly salute Star Wars Day thanks to new first look photos of the Star Wars gang in costume.

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Chewbacca Actor Has Both Knees Replaced

Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Has Both Knees Replaced

Originally posted 09/12/2013 08:50AM

The universe's most famous Wookiee hopes to be up and roaring again soon.

Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, is recovering in a Texas hospital after having double knee-replacement surgery on Monday.

"We have made him bigger, stronger & faster; now if we can just get him out of bed! Taking it slow and steady," his family wrote Tuesday on his Twitter page, one of several updates they have given on his condition.

The British-born Mayhew, 69, who is 7'3" and now lives in Texas, has reportedly used a wheelchair for the past two years. He hopes the surgery will let him walk again.

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