Everybody loves the walking carpet known as Chewbacca – he's one of the most popular characters in the entire Star Wars franchise and the yin to Han Solo's yang. Known for his loyalty to Han, he's been in most of the Star Wars movies and is considered an iconic character.
And so he returned for The Force Awakens back in 2015. The legendary late Peter Mayhew was literally rolled out one more time. Due to Mayhew's bad knees, other actors took his place in the more rigorous and demanding scenes (Joonas Suotamo and Ian Whyte served as body doubles for Mayhew), but it made no difference as The Force Awakens produced the definitive Chewbacca performance.
With all of that in mind, here are our favorite Chewbacca moments from The Force Awakens:
- When Han Solo and Chewie appear on screen for the first time. Everyone had already seen them together in the trailer and they knew it was coming, but the feeling when it happened in the movie was amazing. It was arguably the best part of the whole movie.
- When Chewie complains about being cold whilst on the Star Killer base, Han Solo gives him some ribbing for it as they are all cold on the ice. Later on, in a nice nod to that moment, Chewie picks up Han's jacket and gives it to him so he won't be cold as they are heading back outside.
- When Chewie shoots Kylo Ren. It was more than just Chewbacca trying to get some form of revenge on Han's killer offspring, it was Chewie shooting someone he no doubt helped raise. However, he would have seen the choice that Kylo had made so he should feel bad about shooting him. The shot also helped level the playing field for Ren's duel with Rey.
- Chewbacca then goes on an unstoppable rampage, shooting at least six Stormtroopers in a row, and then decides, “screw it all, I'm blowing this place to hell” – presumably to finish the mission but more than likely to try and kill Kylo Ren.
- When Chewie needs medical attention and he's battling with Finn. Finn probably has no idea of this particular Wookie's reputation and so is very persistent – to the point where he actually succeeds in giving him first aid. Later, Han suggests the Wookie likes Finn and so he let him treat him. It's a cute but subtle moment.
- Perhaps for some fans, the saddest moment in the whole movie was when Chewbacca had returned to the Resistance's base and finally gets to have a quiet moment to himself and he puts his head down to mourn the loss of his best friend – and quite possibly his only family (Lumpy doesn't count!).
- Our favorite heroic moment was when Chewie pulled up in the Falcon to rescue Rey and Finn – he was still thinking of his new friends even at what was probably one of the lowest moments in his life.
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