Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, is scheduled to have surgery on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, just two days after he attended the first ever Salt Lake Comic Con. The knee replacement surgery will be the first for someone the size of Mayhew. Companies had to engineer the knees and add 3 inches of steel to replace what has been worn down over time according to his wife Angie.
Mayhew doesn’t expect to attend another convention for a while. Doctors have told him that he will not be able to travel or fly.
“It’s a question of being there (for physical therapy),” says Mayhew. “You take care of yourself.”
To help with the cost of the surgery, a Kickstarter campaign is in full swing. Money will also fund Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story, a documentary about the surgery and Mayhew’s life during the process. (Click here to help.)
Angie says that the doctors are confident that everything will go well, and she has been glad to see the celebrities who have helped with the cause because Mayhew was an inspiration to them to go into acting. They look at Chewbacca and realize that Mayhew was able to convey emotions without speaking at all.
While at the Salt Lake Comic Con, Peter Mayhew and David Prowse did a panel discussion together.