Peter Mayhew made history playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise. At 7’3″, he was also born with Giantism. His large frame has degraded his knees to the point of needing surgery in order to walk unassisted again, and a fully-funded Kickstarter campaign for a documentary about the next chapter of Mayhew’s life hopes to help with some of the medical costs.
The documentary, entitled Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story, claims to capture Mayhew’s last visit to ComicCon before the surgery. The surgery itself – a complex double knee replacement – is slated to take place today. The documentary will follow Mayhew throughout the process, including documenting the rehabilitation process following the procedure.
The campaign page states that support from Kickstarter backers is “what is giving [Mayhew] the drive to reclaim his mobility.” To date the project has been backed by 825 people who have contributed over $44,000 of a $42,000 goal.
This documentary will also give its audience a chance to learn what Peter’s life was like growing up as a Giant in England. It will tell story of his giantism and how it has affected his career and life to this point. He and his family are very excited for this opportunity, and Peter is opening up the wookiee vaults (his private collection) and signing special memorabilia solely to support the project.
Mayhew and the team behind the film offers up some interesting backer rewards and signed memorabilia that has certainly drawn some Star Wars fans in, including signed artwork and DVDs. A digital copy of the documentary can be secured for $25.
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