Press Association “Chewbacca actor calls R2-D2 star Kenny Baker 'a little friend with the giant heart'” https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/aug/16/chewbacca-peter-mayhew-r2-d2-star-wars-kenny-baker
Baker, who was 3ft 8in, played the droid R2-D2 in the first six Star Wars films and was close friends with Mayhew. Writing on his website, Mayhew said: “I know I’m a bit late with this, but my sadness is profound and no words seemed adequate to convey what we collectively and I personally have lost with the passing of my dear friend Kenny Baker.”
The actor said he became fast friends with Baker the first time they met and formed a “lifelong bond”. Mayhew, who is 7ft 2in, added: “Although people liked to contrast the difference in our heights, we found we shared many of the same struggles, from finding clothes, driving cars, and fitting in airplane seats to health issues and the ever constant stares of strangers; we understood each other on a level that few others can.”
Baker had been ill for a couple of years and Mayhew said he was glad he had spent time with his friend in London earlier this month. He added; “His talent and his wicked sense of humour never diminished even as his health did.
“Ever the showman, Kenny was always eager to meet his fans. In the decades we knew each other, I never met anyone who enjoyed the public more. For all the joy he brought this world on screen and off I give my thanks, and a final farewell to my little friend with the giant heart who’s gone to soon. Rest in Peace Kenny.”
Elias Leight “Chewbacca's Peter Mayhew Pays Tribute to R2-D2 Actor Kenny Baker” http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/chewbacca-actor-pays-tribute-to-r2-d2s-kenny-baker-w434659
Laura Harding “Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew pays tribute to Star Wars pal Kenny Baker” http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/chewbacca-actor-peter-mayhew-pays-8644618
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