So now I am able to pick people up and shake full-size adults. I try to be really playful and give high-fives and tilt my head a lot. With as many events as we do, like visiting kids at hospitals or doing the parades and fairs, it’s all practice in itself.
Sometimes when I am talking, I notice that I am swinging my arms around a lot.
We are trying to find people with common interests and bring them in. It’s such an awesome thing to be able to share with people, whether you are a collector or a costumer. You’re appearing as Chewie at the Petco-sponsored party later today, which invites guests to bring their dogs. What’s the strangest thing that has ever happened to you in character? Hold on.” I’m freaking out because it’s Wayne Brady!
When you are in the society, are there any rules or codes of conduct? So now we have dressing areas and we have a spotter that comes with us to make sure that we don’t trip or fall or anything bad. I permanently made it still until after I can fix it at Comic-Con.
""I was out shopping with a guy I was casually dating but was totally crazy for," says another.
"He was looking for a winter coat, so when I spotted one I thought he'd look good in, I called his name and started to walk it over to him. "In my defense, this was a rebound relationship, I was fresh from a breakup, and it was the first time we were hanging out with a group of my friends.
But it takes an especially devoted fan to don Chewbacca’s hairy costume in the July heat for the four-day-long fan festival. But it’s worth it once you see [everyone’s] face light up. I’m actually dating a Sith, which is kind of controversial.
They are about 10 pounds heavy on each leg, and they kind of work like an Achilles tendon, how that muscle works. [Laughs.] She and her friend sit on my legs, and I walk them both around the house. With the costumes, especially [Chewbaccas], you have to keep yourself in shape in order to do it. The head is the worst because there is no vent aside from the mouth. At the last Comic-Con, I got to talk to him with his wife, Angie, at their booth. With Chewie, he is so big, and the way his face is, there is not a lot of room for expression.
So when you lean forward, the stilt spring wants to pull you back. It takes a lot out of you, especially when we are doing it like five times a week. So it is all in the eyes and how you move, almost like a silent film.
” It’s cool to see them as children, experiencing that magic again. Other than big conventions like this, we really shouldn’t take off our bucket—which is the head of our costume—in front of kids. We’ve had that happen in the past, and it was not good. It was kind of hanging to the side and looked like he had had a stroke.
I like to see when we go to events and the adults say something wrong about the series, and their kids correct them. They know the original trilogy.” I also love when you’re looking at the kids, waiting for them to react, and it’s the adults who scream, “It’s Chewie! Even before Disney [acquired the franchise rights], we had to watch our actions and not do anything inappropriate. With Chewie, it’s a little hard because I had to reattach his jaw.