Peter Mayhew has penned a touching in-Memoriam letter to his friend and fellow “Star Wars” actor Kenny Baker, who sadly passed away this weekend.
Mayhew, who has brought the lovable Chewbacca to life in the “Star Wars” film franchise for over thirty years, was close friends with Baker. Baker is best known for his role as R2-D2 in the first six “Star Wars” films, including the original trilogy and the prequels.
Mayhew published his thoughts on Baker’s recent death on his website Chewbacca.com:
I know I’m a bit late with this, but my sadness is profound and no words seemed adequate to convey what we collectively and I personally have lost with the passing of my dear friend Kenny Baker. Kenny and I became fast friends the first time we met and formed a lifelong bond after realizing that we had so much in common. Although people liked to contrast the difference in our heights, we found we shared many of the same struggles, from finding clothes, driving cars, and fitting in airplane seats to health issues and the ever constant stares of strangers; we understood each other on a level that few others can. I am so very glad I got to spend time with him in London earlier this month. His talent and his wicked sense of humor never diminished even as his health did. Ever the showman, Kenny was always eager to meet his fans. In the decades we knew each other, I never met anyone who enjoyed the public more. For all the joy he brought this world on screen and off I give my thanks, and a final farewell to my little friend with the giant heart who’s gone to soon. Rest in Peace Kenny.
Mayhew also shared some behind-the-scenes photos of himself and Baker:
Baker’s additional acting credits include “The Muppet Show,” “Time Bandits,” “Flash Gordon,” “The Elephant Man,” and many others. He died on August 13, 2016 at the age of 81.
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