Grunting to show his gratefulness

Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca (left), Alden Ehrenreich (right) as Han Solo and Donald Glover (centre) as Lando Calrissian.
Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca (left), Alden Ehrenreich (right) as Han Solo and Donald Glover (centre) as Lando Calrissian.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Joonas Suotamo (above) as Chewbacca , Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.
Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Joonas Suotamo (above) as Chewbacca , Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.PHOTO: REUTERS

At more than 2m tall, Joonas Suotamo towers over virtually everyone. But if there ever was a gentle giant, it is the Finnish actor who plays Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

As he promotes the movie during its extensive worldwide press tour, you would imagine he might be a little weary of being asked to deliver the Wookie's signature grunts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2018, with the headline 'Grunting to show his gratefulness'. Print Edition | Subscribe