The passing of Peter Mayhew has led to an outpouring of tributes from Star Wars fans and the actors from the legendary film franchise. However, the response from Mayhew's Twitter account to Harrison Ford's tribute is something that will truly touch Star Wars fans the world over.
Ford, as Han Solo, worked extensively alongside Mayhew, as Chewbacca, and released the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
"Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character. These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience.
Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to its continued success and he was devoted to them. I and millions of others will never forget Peter and what he gave us all. My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children. Rest easy, my dear friend…. "
As if that beautiful statement wasn't enough, Mayhew's Twitter account then did this:
He knew. https://t.co/sbixEmncx1
He loved him...he knew: The perfect reference to this iconic moment from The Empire Strikes Back.
I Love You I Know Han Solo and Leia
I'm not crying...YOU'RE CRYING!
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.