The 7ft 2in actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the classic Star Wars trilogy, has shared warm memories of his late 3ft 8in friend Kenny Baker, who played lovable droid R2-D2 alongside him.
In reference to Baker, who died on Saturday aged 81, Mayhew said in a statement on his website: “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.”
Mayhew recalled how he quickly became friends with Baker upon their very first meeting. He added that, despite their great differences in height, “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.”
Expressing how very fortunate he felt to have spent time with Baker in London earlier this month, he added: “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.”