Peter Mayhew dies age 74; Cheslie Kryst of North Carolina crowned Miss USA; Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds expecting third child. (May 3)
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Actor Peter Mayhew, who won over fans worldwide as the Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the blockbuster Star Wars movies, has died at the age of 74.
Frustrated by the lack of quality lightsabers in toy shops, Makoto Tsai did what any self-respecting hardcore Star Wars fan would do — he studied engineering at college and then spent years perfecting a replica. The 36-year-old is part of a small group of artisans around the world who have forged successful careers hand-crafting remarkably realistic models of the movie saga’s famous energy swords. As fans gather globally on May 4th for what has become the unofficial Star Wars Day — this year mourning the death of towering Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew — some may be clutching one of Tsai’s lightsabers, made in his workshop near Taipei.
Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo discusses surprising Alden Ehrenreich with his approach and what he learned from Peter Mayhew. (May 18)
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