In October, I wrote on my blog:
I stood next to W.C. Fields as I watched Chewbacca take off his head and scream obscenities at Spider Man.
It was just another day in Hollywood.
The LAPD says a person dressed as Chewbacca was arrested for head butting a tour guide, who told the character he shouldn’t be asking a tourist for money.
[. . .]
Chewbacca’s colleagues say he’s has been causing trouble and that’s bad for business.
Ever since Elmo was arrested, the balance of power on Hollywood Boulevard has been severely out of whack, and it was just a matter of time before Chewbacca snapped. I understand that the Scream Guy and a couple of Supermans have tried to reach out to Chewie, but they clearly haven’t been able to get through to him. I hope that little tough love and an intervention can get the troubled wookie back on track.
Update: CBS has the story on their website, but without the totally rockin’ video from ABC.
And by the way, if you haven’t watched the video, it’s truly priceless, especially when Elmo points and laughs at Chewie as he’s put into the police cruiser, and George Pennacchio gets serious reaction from the other characters on the street. As my friend said to me last night, there’s a really great sadcore indie documentary in these guys.
As much as I hate ABC, I have to give them a fish biscuit on this one.