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Tributes have been pouring in from fans and celebrities alike after actor Peter Mayhew passed away aged 74.

The star is best known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars film franchise, with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and George Lucas all releasing emotional statements.

The actor's Twitter page posted a message confirming the heartbreaking news yesterday afternoon:

It reads: “The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.”

Mayhew was over seven feet tall, making him perfect for the role of the charming Wookiee in the original George Lucas film in 1997. 

He reprised the role in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens, before passing the mantle on to Joonas Suotamo, who played Chewie in Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Last Jedi and the forthcoming The Rise of Skywalker.


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Harrison Ford gave a moving statement to Variety, calling the actor "a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character".

“These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca," he said. "We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience.

“Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to it’s continued success and he was devoted to them," he continued.


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Star Wars creator and founder of Lucasfilm Goerge Lucas also commented on the loss;

"Peter was a wonderful man. He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee: big heart, gentle nature … and I learned to always let him win. He was a good friend and I’m saddened by his passing.”

Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, also paid his respects, calling Mayhew a "big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile."

Mayhew leaves behind the legacy of the Peter Mayhew Foundation, which provides aid for families in crisis.

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Following the death of his Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher yesterday, Hollywood heavy-hitter Harrison Ford has released a statement paying tribute to the much-loved and highly-regarded actress.

In words which are bound to strike a chord with countless fans of the film franchise, Harrison acknowledged Carrie's joie de vivre, and sent his condolences to her family.

"Carrie was one-of-a-kind, brilliant, original," he told People magazine.

"Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely," he continued. "My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”

Speaking to E! News, Star Wars creator, George Lucas, also paid tribute to the actress who played Princess Leia in the iconic films.

"Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colourful personality that everyone loved."

"In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess – feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think." George added.

60-year-old Carrie died after suffering a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.



A subsidiary company of Disney has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges after Harrison Ford broke his leg while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

While filming the movie in 2014, the actor was crushed by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon at the Pinewood Studios in the UK.

Harrison had to be air-lifted to hospital and underwent surgery on his leg, after the prop, that supposedly weighs as much as a small car, trapped him.

Filming on the set of Star Wars had to be postponed for three weeks due to the incident.

According to the BBC, the UK's HSE tired to incriminate the production company with four criminal charges, but Production Ltd only pleaded guilty to two Heath & Safety charges at Aylesbury Crown Court today.

Sentencing will take place on August 22.



If you dreamed about riding the Millennium Falcon or fighting a battle between the Resistance and the First Order, then it could soon be your chance for your dreams to come true.

And, Disneyland is the place where dreams come true, right?

Hell yeah it is, and it has just unveiled plans for a new Star Wars Land in its American theme parks.

Harrison Ford and robot BB-8 took to the stage to debut the plans for the new land during a celebration for Disneyland's 60th anniversary.

Mr Han Solo himself introduced the plans, saying: "Star Wars is, for lack of a better word… awesome.

"I'm so blessed that I had the opportunity to be part of it, to walk in these iconic locations. And soon, you'll be able to do that as well.

"Not in a galaxy far, far away, but in a place close to home."

What an intro, right?! No word on when the project will be finished, but we're booking a ticket first thing.



As we bask in the glory of having multiple Irish Oscar nominees this year, established Dublin talent Jack Reynor has just revealed he is in the running for a potentially career-defining role. 

The 24-year-old is up for the much coveted part of a young Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars spin-off film. 

The as yet unnamed flick, which is currently set for release in 2018, will follow a young Han Solo as he becomes the notorious smuggler we know and love today. 

The Irish native, who has starred in Transformers as well as Lenny Abrahamson's critically acclaimed What Richard Did, could hardly contain his excitement as he spoke about the film at the Sundance Film Festival this week. 

"Look, man, that would be kind of an incredible gig to get, wouldn’t it? Totally insane."

Though Jack is very realistic in terms of knowing that taking on such an iconic role will most definitely be a challenge.

"You’ve got to fill some pretty seriously big boots there, man. We’re talking Harrison Ford here, dude.

"He’s not a chump, you know what I mean? You can’t do an imitation, you can’t try and just emulate what that is. It’s got to be something new, and it’s also got to be something that the audience is going to respond to."

It seems like the Dublin man has his heart set on the role but he is facing serious competition from some of Hollywood's brightest up-and-coming stars. 

Also up for the role is Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Ansel Elgort. 

We're rooting for you, Jack! 


We tend to assume that celebrities have always been rich and famous (they were born that way, right?).

But no, a few stars weren't always as glamorous as they are today. In fact, most of Hollywood's elite worked normal jobs, just like the rest of us, at some stage. 

Here, SHEmazing! rounds up our favourite 'before they were famous' gigs (and just wait until you see where Madonna worked…):


Brad Pitt

Brad worked in a fast food restaurant before he hit the big time. But it gets worse, he had to dance around in a chicken suit daily. Ouch.


Kim Kardashian

Before she shot to fame with Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim used to clear out celebrities wardrobes and sell all of the unwanted clothes on eBay for her clients. She even worked as Paris Hilton's personal assistant for a while. 


Johnny Depp

Mr. Depp sold pens by phone as a living before he pursued his dreams of becoming an actor. 


Rod Stewart

Before he became a music legend, Rod Stewart worked as a grave digger. We're sure that was kind of scary!



Queen Madge used to work at Dunkin' Donuts in New York's Time Square back in the day. She reportedly got fired for squirting jam all over a customer!


Gerard Butler

Before he became a movie hunk, Gerard had his heart set on becoming a lawyer. We think we prefer him acting though!


Sandra Bullock

Before winning Oscars and floating around in on-screen space, Sandra worked as a waitress and bartender in New York in the 1980s.


Jon Bon Jovi

The rocker used to help his cousin in a school where he was a janitor. While he worked he recorded his music which eventually led to his stardom. 


Rachel McAdams

Rachel used to work in McDonalds before she became a hot shot actress. The beauty stuck three whole years working there before she quit. 


Harrison Ford

Before he became Mr Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford worked as a carpenter in LA. 


Jennifer Aniston

The Friends beauty used to work as a telemarketer during the day and a waitress at night to pay for acting classes. And we're so glad she did. 


Hugh Grant

Hugh studied art history before he shot to fame. He abandoned his doctorate degree so he could pursue his dreams of acting. Bold move, Hugh, bold move. 



Harrison Ford had a lucky escape yesterday evening when his small plane crash-landed onto a golf course in Los Angeles.

The What Lies Beneath actor who is married to Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart thankfully escaped largely unharmed, suffering ‘moderate injuries’ and was alert and conscious when assisted by paramedics.

His son, Ben also reassured fans that his dad was ‘battered’ but doing fine: “At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.”

Harrison’s agency also released a statement regarding the incident, saying: “He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely. He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care. The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.”

Fellow famous faces have been sending their regards to the actor.

We hope you get better soon, Harrison!



It’s just been revealed that actor Harrison Ford was airlifted to hospital today after suffering injuries on the set of the latest Star Wars film.

Apparently the 71-year old actor was crushed after a hydraulic door fell and hit him while he was filming in Pinewood studios in Buckinghamshire.

Disney released a statement this evening about Harrison’s injuries.

“Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates.”

Harrison is still believed to be in hospital awaiting results of further injuries to his chest, while Health and Safety Executives are believed to be investigating the incident.

We wish Harrison a speedy recovery and hope he’s back to filming soon.