Leave it to Buzzfeed to provide the most horrifying photo of the day. No one dies in this photo. There is no blood or guts, or disgusting acts of filth. No, this photo shows something much worse. And it could give you nightmares. Be warned, once you've seen Chewbacca without hair, there is no unseeing it!
Played by Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca made his first appearance on the big screen in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. He will return, again played by Peter Mayhew, in this December's highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And his appearance on that set for the first time is actually what inspired some mad artist to create what you see before you.
Chewbacca hasn't been seen since 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, where he had a cameo starring alongside Yoda. So, after a ten year absence, of course people, even those working closely beside him, were going to be excited to see the galaxy's most famous wookie return. The cast and crew of Star Wars: The Force Awakens were so excited, in fact, they almost pulled all of Han Solo's best friend's hair out.
Director J.J. Abrams explained that everyone who met Chewy wanted to hug him. But it happened so often, the big furry oaf's hair began to literally fall out. The costume department came to the rescue, and were always on hand to thread fur back into Peter Mayhew's legendary costume. About the whole amazing, and somewhat agonizing process, J.J. Abrams had this to say to ET Online.
"You can't deny Chewbacca. Whoever would visit the set or be there, even some extras, before the day was over they would go over and embrace Chewbacca. It was an ongoing thing, and one of the casualties was patches of hair on the suit."
As you probably know by now, neo-cult icon and one of J.J. Abrams's best friends, Simon Pegg, has a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Though you won't be able to immediately identify him, as his head is covered with a mask. He also helped out in the writers' room, offering insight when needed. He, too, was overcome by the sight of seeing Chewbacca on set for the first time. He explains.
"I think hugging Chewbacca was probably the most extraordinary moment in my life."
The hugging will probably stop if Chewbacca ever succumbs to Alopecia. All that hugging caused some incredibly time-consuming repairs at a constant rate. The costumers are said to have spent 'weeks at a time' punching in 'one hair at a time'. Peter Mayhew's costume stands at over 7 feet tall. The record holder for Chewbacca hugs, and possibly the one to blame for the most damage is Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega, who plays Finn. He claims to have hugged the wookie a whopping 1,236 times! So Finn is the one responsible for this nightmare we see below?