That Time Chewbacca Needed Bodyguards


Chewbacca on drums during MTV's 'TRL' at Skywalker Ranch for 'Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith' Screening at Skywalker Ranch in Nicosia, California, United States. Jeff Kravitz / Getty Images

Inarguably the most well-known Wookie in the Star Wars universe, Chewbacca also bears a strong resemblance to another popular creature in American culture -- the towering, hirsute cryptid known as Bigfoot. So much so, in fact, that during filming the studio (allegedly) became very concerned for the safety of Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca onscreen. While filming Return of the Jedi in the forests of the California redwoods, guards accompanied the costumed Peter Mayhew so that Bigfoot hunters wouldn't shoot him. So what's the big deal with California and Bigfoot? Tune in to find out.