In Star Wars: The iconic Wookiee is, of course, Chewbacca, best mate and co-pilot to Han Solo, who can actually understand what the walking carpet is going on about.
Chewie is also one of the few characters to appear in both trilogies. And he’s just plain cool.
In Real Life: The day little Stewart Budge got bullied was the worst day of his young existence. He ended up hanging from the climbing frame after “Basher” Tompkins and his mates nicked his lunch money.
One night, little Stew happened upon a Wookiee recently escaped from a farm where the creatures are grown for their legendary fur.
Sensing a chance for revenge, the boy and his Wookiee turn the bullies into child-paste, though the unfortunate, ensuing legal issues mean the furry friend has to run away to America, where he becomes Kristen Bell’s new boyfriend (see above).
He later dies, aged 500, of hair cancer.
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