Another Original 'Star Wars' Star Hospitalized

January 20, 2015


Like Harrison Ford before him, Peter Mayhew has demonstrated why we should be careful having septuagenerians jumping around a chilly Millennium Falcon. Mayhew, better known to Star Wars fans as Chewbacca, has reportedly been hospitalized with pneumonia. On Reddit, Mayhew's wife confirmed the report but thankfully offered good news towards the actor's improvement.

"Peter is indeed in the hospital with pneumonia," she wrote. "He will make a full recovery, and hope to be discharged within a few days. Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements."

Production has already wrapped on The Force Awakens, but the infection may yet affect the film, as J.J. Abrams is said to now be re-considering the callback where Han says, "Laugh it up, fuzz-ball," only to realize Chewie's "laughter" is a worrisome chronic cough.

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