Apparently when Mayhew came through the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas security did not initially want to allow him to take his “Star Wars”-style cane through the airport.
The 69 year-old English actor played the huge hairy Wookie Chewbacca in the four of the Star Wars films. He got his first acting job in 1976 when the producers of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger discovered Mayhew from a photograph in a newspaper article about men with large feet, and they cast him in the role of the minotaur.
When casting roles for his first Star Wars film, producer George Lucas needed a tall actor who could fit the role of the beastly Chewbacca. He originally had in mind 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) bodybuilder David Prowse, but, of course as we all know, Prowse played Darth Vader. This left Lucas without anyone to play the hairy Wookie.
Fortuitously for Lucas and Star Wars fans everywhere, Peter Mayhew showed up and according to Peter all he had to do to get the role was to “stand up.” He reprised his signature role during Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which was released in cinemas on his birthday in 2005.
Mayhew has played the part of Chewbacca in four Star Wars films: the original Star Wars trilogy (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
The 69 year-old actor was not a little annoyed about the problem that TSA had with his “lightsaber” cane. He got onto his Twitter account and tweeted that the TSA, “won’t allow me through the airport with me cane!”
Chewie, or Peter, has over 22,000 followers on Twitter and one of them must have been working with the airport security that day. After Mayhew had tweeted his disgruntlement over the issue with his lightsaber styled cane, the problem sorted itself out, which Peter delightfully tweeted about when he got it back.
He tweeted, “In Dallas. Thank you to @AmericanAir for checking on me. Problem was all @TSA. I’m a million-miler on American and they are a class act.”
Of course it may also have helped that he posted several photos of the incident last Monday, in which TSA officers appear with the cane as Mayhew waits. He also tweeted, “Though after I tweeted they gave it back.”
The actor was flying back after attending the Denver Comic Con and was on his way back to his home in Texas when the trouble began, according to the UK newspaper The Sun.
The 69 year-old actor and Star Wars veteran used Twitter to get in one last tweet. He quoted a line from the first Star Wars film that Han Solo said to young Luke Skywalker. He tweeted that, “TSA just learned Star Wars lesson #1: ‘Let the Wookie[e] Win.'”
By Michael Smith