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Peter Mayhew dead – Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill lead tributes to Chewbacca actor after Star Wars icon passes away

HARRISON Ford and Mark Hamill have led the tributes to Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew after he died aged 74.

The 7ft 3in actor, who played the iconic Wookiee in five Star Wars movies, passed away “with his family by his side” on Tuesday.

Harrison Ford, who portrayed Han Solo in the franchise, paid a heartbreaking tribute to his co-star Peter Mayhew
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Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the iconic film series, remembered his co-star as the “gentlest of giants”.

He tweeted: “A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile and a loyal friend who I loved dearly.

“I’m grateful for the memories we shared and I’m a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete #RIPPeterMayhew #Heartbroken.”

Harrison Ford, who portrayed Han Solo in the franchise, paid a heartbreaking tribute to his Millennium Falcon co-pilot, saying: “I loved him”.

“Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character,” he said.

“These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca.

“We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience.

“Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to its continued success and he was devoted to them.

“I and millions of others will never forget Peter and what he gave us all. My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children. Rest easy, my dear friend.”

Fellow co-star Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in Star Wars, tweeted: “Much more than Chewie to me.

“My heart hurts…I will miss you my dear friend…thanks for the great memories! #RIPPeterMayhew #StarWars.”

George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, also paid tribute.

In a statement, he said: “Peter was a wonderful man. He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee: big heart, gentle nature – and I learned to always let him win. He was a good friend, and I’m saddened by his passing.”

Peter Mayhew, the man behind the famed Chewbacca voice in Star Wars, has died at 74
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The actor died at his North Texas home surrounded by his family
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Mayhew’s family has not revealed what the cause of his death was.

He played Chewbacca in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Revenge Of The Sith (2005) and The Force Awakens (2005).

During filming of The Force Awakens Mayhew shared his role with Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo.

His family said: “Peter was the man behind the mask of Chewbacca in the original Star Wars triology, episode 3 of the prequels and the New Triology.

“He fought his way back from being wheelchair-bound to stand tall and portray Chewbacca once more in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“He also consulted on The Last Jedi in an attempt to teach his successor.

“He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films from his knock kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth.

Harrison Ford paid a heartbreaking tribute to his Millennium Falcon co-pilot, saying: 'I loved him'
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Harrison Ford paid a heartbreaking tribute to his Millennium Falcon co-pilot, saying: ‘I loved him’[/caption]

“But, to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in the film.”

Mayhew got the role in the original Star Wars film after creator George Lucas needed a tall actor to play hairy alien Chewbacca.

David Prowse, who was 6ft 6ins, was originally in the frame but chose instead to play Darth Vader.

Lucas discovered Mayhew, who was chosen purely for his height.

Mayhew, from Surrey, was born with Marfan syndrome – a connective tissue disease that caused his great height.

He had undergone spinal surgery last July to try and improve his mobility.

Mayhew was much loved on the Star Wars convention circuit and wrote two books “Growing Up Giant” and “My Favourite Giant”.

‘GENTLE GIANT’

A statement said: “We are so very sad to have to inform you all that Peter Mayhew who was Chewbacca in the Star Wars films passed away last night at his home in Texas.

“Peter was a real gentle giant and a very quiet, shy and beautiful person! A one-off!

“The Chewbacca role was more Peter playing himself on screen and the question of how much of Peter is Chewie and how much of Chewie is Peter will never be worked out as they really were one and the same.

“Peter loved playing Chewbacca as he could put away his shyness and become a roaring Wookiee when he needed to be.”


He used his fame to support charitable work, ultimately setting up the Peter Mayhew Foundation to support a variety of causes.

That work will continue under the leadership of his wife, Angie.

Mayhew is also survived by his three children.

A memorial service for family and friends is planned for June 29, and a memorial for fans will take place in December at EmpireConLA.

His family said: “As he grew older he continued to ‘soldier on’ as he put it and was completely in his element around fans and supporters.

“He grew great strength from the energy of his family, friends and the fans he knew and loved.”

The Star Wars actor was famed for playing Chewbacca
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The actor played Chewbacca in five Star Wars movie
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Mayhew played Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the original trilogy
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Mayhew, who was 7ft 3ins and British, played Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in five Star Wars movies
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Leave it up to Chris Rock to address the elephant in the room at the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday. The racy comedian brazenly poked fun at actor Jussie Smollett before presenting the Image Award for outstanding comedy series during the live event, which was broadcasted on TV One.

“They said no Jussie Smollett jokes,” Rock said. “I know. What a waste of light skin, you know? You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be outta here, f–king running Hollywood.” He continued as the audience laughed, “What the hell was he thinking? From now on I ain’t never gonna (say) no ‘Jussie’ — you’re a ‘Jessie’ from now on. You don’t get the ‘u’ no more. That ‘u’ was respect. You don’t get no respect from me.

The joke centered on accusations that Smollett falsified a police report and staged a fake homophobic and racist hate crime in Chicago earlier this year. Although he was charged with 16 counts and was facing up to 48 years in prison, state prosecutors cleared him of all charges in a controversial move last week [The case was also sealed and Smollett agreed to community service as well as forfeiture of $ 10,000 bail.]. Still, the embattled star opted not to appear at the Image Awards nor the preceding awards dinner held the night before where he lost the nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series to actor Jesse Williams for his role in Grey’s Anatomy.

Despite the laughs that Rock’s jokes drew from the audience, many stars at the awards expressed support for Smollett. Yara Shahidi, for instance, shot back at Rock, proclaiming “I stand with Jussie” while she and the cast of “Black-ish” accepted the award for outstanding comedy series. Likewise, Rep. Maxine Waters defended the openly gay actor. “Jussie Smollett is like a son to me. I’m very pleased about the verdict. I’m very pleased that he now has an opportunity to pick up and go on with his life,” the congresswoman told BLACK ENTERPRISE shortly after accepting the NAACP Chairman’s Award.

A number of public officials, including the Chicago police chief, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and even President Donald Trump blasted the decision to clear Smollett’s record. Waters, however, argued that it’s time for everyone to “settle down” and “let it go.”

“Nobody got hurt, nobody got shot, nobody was killed, Jussie Smollett had never committed a crime before,” she told BE. “Chicago has a lot of problems; a lot of killings go on every day. I would much rather they spend time and their money and their effort to apprehend killers and folks that are wreaking havoc on that city.”

Hazel Dukes, the former NAACP president and the current president of the NAACP New York State Conference, also criticized the response from Mayor Emanuel, who called the dropping of charges against Smollett “an unbelievable whitewash of justice.”

“I was upset with the mayor’s comment,” Dukes told BE. “As many blacks [that have] been killed by the police officers, he never came out that it was whitewashed when they didn’t get put in jail.”

“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson, who served as the host of the Image Awards, expressed his support for Smollett, previously telling Variety that he was rooting for Smollett to win an award. “I hope he wins. I’m happy for him that the system worked for him in his favor because the system isn’t always fair, especially for people of color,” Anderson said. “So I’m glad it worked out for him. It’s not my place or any other person’s place to judge him or what not, but I’m glad that he’s nominated… I hope he wins because I’d be interested to hear his speech.”

Meanwhile, Smollett has maintained his innocence. His character, however, has been removed from the last two episodes of “Empire.”

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When you’re watching the big screen, or the little one for that matter, you probably don’t think about actors’ daily lives. Believe it or not, most of them deal with the same day-to-day hassles you do.

They have to find time to eat and sleep. They continuously search for work. And, just like the rest of us, they have to pay bills.

For Kevin Gerdes, a 32-year-old professional actor living in Los Angeles (whom you might have seen in the 2016 Oscar-nominated movie “Lion”), keeping his bills under control is a constant effort.

“I work in an industry where, when you’re not working, you’re not getting paid,” says Gerdes. “I don’t know when I’ll have another job.”

When his car insurance rates with State Farm climbed from $ 186 per month up to $ 220 in about one year, and then jumped again to $ 240, he knew it was time to find a better insurance company. Is finding cheap auto insurance with great coverage like looking for Harrison Ford’s chops on a B-list budget?

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As an actor, Gerdes is used to putting himself out there and competing with other actors to get the part. What’s the key? Simply be the best fit for the part.

State Farm says on its website insurance costs are rising due to distracted drivers, more miles being driven and higher costs to repair vehicles. In other words, Gerdes was supposed to pay more because of factors beyond his control. As he watched his car insurance hike upward, through no fault of his own, late last summer, he decided to let the car insurance companies do the auditioning.

“I thought, ‘This is absurd,’” he says. “I went to all the sites.”

All he wanted was the same insurance coverage without the ridiculous cost.

“I came across Clearcover, and they gave me a quote for the exact same insurance for $ 146,” he says.

That’s a savings of $ 94 per month off his $ 240 rate. That stacks up to $ 1,128 back in Gerdes pocket over a year.

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What Gerdes wanted was to pay for coverage he might need in case he had an actual claim. That’s what Clearcover provides. The company avoids wasteful spending on its end, so its customers can pay less for coverage. Simple, right?

“It was really easy,” he says. “You go to the website, and you can sign up right away. I was like, ‘Whoa, I just signed up for new insurance.’ It’s just done. No phone call.”

Clearcover lets you access your account through its mobile app, so Gerdes can file a claim digitally and get repaid faster if. Plus, it does a lot of cool things you won’t find at other auto insurance companies, such as:

  • The Quick View ID Card lets you keep your insurance ID right on your phone, even when you don’t have cell service — you know, for when you have a fender bender in the forest.
  • Alternate Transportation Coverage gives you $ 50 per day cash in-hand so you can decide how to get around when your car is being repaired. If you want to save a few bucks by riding the bus, that’s your call.
  • Digital Claims let you can file a claim right in the Clearcover app — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Even though he hasn’t needed to file a claim, Gerdes liked the idea of alternate transportation coverage. If he

“I like to know that if my car is getting worked on because of an accident…” he says. “I can just use Uber and not put gas in someone else’s car.”

A Lower Bill Helps Him Keep Living His Dream

“I think the one thing with insurance is that it’s not something you really feel until you need it,” Gerdes says. “Until then, it feels like you’re throwing money away.”

He needs to keep an eye on his bills, because paydays are not always consistent. Getting his car insurance under control helps him keep his car on the road so he can make it to work and auditions.

“That savings makes a huge difference in paying my other bills,” he says. “It’s a sense of security for me.”

If you’re looking for car insurance that won’t steal the spotlight or bogart your cash, see how Clearcover can help you save 20% to 40% on your premiums simply by not paying for the stuff you don’t need.

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Chicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett’s report of a hate-crime assault and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said.


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Actor Jussie Smollett defended as completely truthful the account he gave of being accosted on a Chicago street by men who used racist and homophobic slurs and said on Friday he was cooperating with police.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Detectives have recovered more surveillance footage of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett walking in downtown Chicago before and after he says he was attacked by two masked men, including video of him arriving home with a rope around his neck, but they’re still searching for footage of the attack, a police spokesman said Thursday.

The video from a surveillance camera at Smollett’s apartment building showing him arrive home with a rope around his neck is part of a larger effort to obtain as much footage as possible of his walk from a Subway restaurant to his apartment at around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said detectives, who are investigating the case as a possible hate crime, have pieced together more footage from the hundreds of public and private surveillance cameras in that area of downtown Chicago, which is home to many high-end hotels and restaurants. But they still haven’t found video of the attack or the men who match Smollett’s description of the suspects, he said.

Smollett, who is black and gay and plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox television show, said the men beat him, subjected him to racist and homophobic insults, threw an “unknown chemical substance” on him and put a thin rope around his neck before fleeing. He returned to his apartment afterward and his manager called police from there about 40 minutes later, Guglielmi said. When officers arrived, the actor had cuts and scrapes on his face and the rope around his neck. Smollett later went to a hospital for treatment.

 

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Guglielmi said there are still many more videos for investigators to collect and go through as they try to get a complete picture of Smollett’s walk home. It is tedious work that is made more difficult because the time stamps on various cameras may not be in sync, meaning detectives have to figure out the exact times of events, he said.

“It’s like putting together a puzzle,” he said.

Guglielmi said Smollett and his manager told detectives they were talking on the phone at the time of the attack, but that the 36-year-old actor declined to turn over his phone records to the detectives, who routinely ask for such information during criminal investigations.

Smollett has not spoken publicly about the attack, but his representative told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that the actor was at home and recovering. Smollett’s family issued a statement through a spokesman Thursday saying the actor was the victim of a “racial and homophobic hate crime” and pushing back against any suggestion that he was anything but truthful with the police.

“Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice,” the family said.

Police are hoping to identify and talk to two people who were walking in the area at the time of the attack and whose grainy image the department released. Guglielmi stressed that the people are not considered suspects and that police want to question them because they were in the vicinity and might have useful information.

Reports of the attack drew a flood of outrage and support for Smollett on social media. Some of the outrage stemmed from Smollett’s account to detectives that his attackers yelled that he was in “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to the Trump campaign’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

President Donald Trump, expressed sympathy for Smollett on Thursday.

 

“That I can tell you is horrible. It doesn’t get worse,” the president told reporters when asked about the matter. The spot where Smollett says he was attacked isn’t far from the Trump International Hotel & Tower.

The FBI is investigating a threatening letter targeting Smollett that was sent last week to the Fox studio in Chicago where “Empire” is filmed, Guglielmi said. The FBI has declined to comment on the investigation.

In addition to his acting career, Smollett has a music career and is a noted activist, particularly on LBGTQ issues. Smollett’s representative said his concert scheduled for Saturday in Los Angeles will go on as planned.

Now in its fifth season, the hourlong drama “Empire” follows an African-American family as they navigate the ups and downs of the record industry. Smollett’s character is the middle son of Empire Entertainment founder Lucious Lyon and Cookie Lyon, played by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, respectively.

Chicago has one of the nation’s most sophisticated and extensive video surveillance systems, including thousands of cameras on street poles, skyscrapers, buses and in train tunnels.

Police say the cameras have helped them make thousands of arrests. In one of the best-known examples of the department’s use of the cameras, investigators in 2009 were able to recreate a school board president’s 20-minute drive through the city, singling out his car on a succession of surveillance cameras to help them determine that he committed suicide and had not been followed and killed by someone else, as his friends speculated.

 


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Chicago police say they are investigating a possible hate crime against Empire star Jussie Smollett early Tuesday.

Smollett reported that he was approached by two men as he was walking down a Chicago street. The men allegedly began yelling racial and homophobic slurs at him and beat Smollett’s face with their hands, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Police said Smollett told them that the attackers poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him and wrapped a rope around his neck.

The two attackers then fled the scene and Smollett took himself to Northwestern Hospital. He is in “good” condition,” police said.

Smollett, an openly gay actor, is best known for his starring role on the FOX hit Empire, where he plays the role of Jamal Lyon. His character on the show is also gay.

Police said they are taking the allegations very seriously as they continue their hate crime investigation.

20th Century Fox said the studio was “saddened and outraged” to learn of the alleged attack.

“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our EMPIRE family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night,” the statement said. “We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.”

Celebrities are weighing in on the incident. Empire co-star Vivica A. Fox tweeted she is angry and hurt over the attack and said “THIS MUST STOP!! SPREAD LOVE NOT HATE!”

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This Actor Really Thought He Landed Leonardo DiCaprio’s Part in Titanic

If Matthew McConaughey had gotten his way, moviegoers would’ve been mourning a very different Jack at the end of Titanic.

During an appearance on Saturday’s episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Awards Chatter podcast, the 49-year-old actor revealed that he had gone out for the lead role in James Cameron’s 1998 Best Picture winner—and even thought he was a shoe-in—but ultimately lost out on the part to Leonardo DiCaprio.

“I wanted that,” he said. “I auditioned with Kate Winslet. Had a good audition. Walked away from there pretty confident that I had it. I didn’t get it. I never got offered that.”

But it seems like McConaughey ultimately wasn’t too fazed by by the missed opportunity because he got to keep living it up while starring in high-paying rom-coms. “I was also living on a beach and going out without my shirt on, just like I did before I was famous,” he said of his life during that time. “I was living a romantic comedy.”


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‘Free Willy’ former child actor charged with domestic battery in case his mom calls ‘not founded’

The star of “Free Willy” needed some freeing of his own this week.

Former child actor Jason James Richter — who found fame in the 1990s film franchise about a troubled boy who befriends a whale named Willy — was arrested by LAPD just before midnight Monday on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence.

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Robin Actor Says Batman Is a Killer in DC’s Titans

While talking to IGN about his role in the upcoming live-action Titans show on the DC Universe subscription service, Dick Grayson/Robin actor Brenton Thwaites explained that it was Batman’s murderous methods that drove Robin away, which is why the show finds Robin fighting crime solo in Detroit instead of Gotham.

“Batman is a killer and Robin wants to get away from that,” Thwaites said. “The idea is that he doesn’t want to become a killer himself. And although these guys that he’s fighting are bad and they deserve, you know, they deserve what he’s dishing out, it seems, he believes that when you kill someone you crossed the line and you become almost as bad as them, so it’s pretty clear in the series that he was with Batman, Batman crossed the line and he was teaching me to do the same thing, and he’s trying to break away from that.”

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‘My Hero Academia’ Voice Actor on Deku as a “Portrait of Mental Health”

When Justin Briner was a kid, he never would’ve imagined he’d become the voice of one of anime’s most iconic characters, Izuku Midoriya (affectionately known as “Deku”). Like Deku, Briner came from humble beginnings. “Before I could really even remember, my parents were doing local dinner theater and community theater,” says Briner. “So I was always sort of keyed into that, that world, that community.”

Now, Briner is one of the most recognized voice actors in the West, and it’s all thanks to the phenomenon known as My Hero Academia. FANDOM got a chance to sit down with Briner at Crunchyroll Expo to discuss why he thinks the show resonates with so many people, how he prepped for some of its big moments, and why fans should check out the movie, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, and the game, My Hero’s One Justice.

Deku’s Struggles Make Him Relatable


Deku during his fight with rival Bakugo
Deku’s struggle to achieve his dream is one we can all relate to.

Briner’s decision to pursue voice acting was driven by his love of anime and games. “It sort of clicked that all the cartoons and video games I loved so much growing up really influenced me, and my love for the narrative and storytelling, so I tried to dive into that,” says Briner. So, it’s no surprise that the young voice actor was drawn to a character as complex and emotionally raw as Deku.

“What always struck me as riveting about Deku is that he sort of portrays this portrait of mental health growing up,” explains Briner. “He’s struggling with his self-worth. He’s struggling with feelings of inadequacy. People are telling him he’s less than what he dreams he can be.

“And I think, you know, one way or another, we all struggle with those feelings growing up and trying to find our own identity and where we fit into society. And it’s even a little harder for him because everyone around him is what he wants to be. So, I just think that’s a very real sensation, and I try to play that as honestly as I can.”


Bakugo pouncing on Deku
Bakugo's always willing to cut Deku back down to size.

My Hero Academia’s realistic portrayal of student life and issues might be the reason why the anime has become such a huge hit with fans. Even those who aren’t fans of Deku are sure to find a character with beliefs or struggles similar to their own, such as Todoroki‘s need to break free of his father’s influence or Uraraka‘s desire to help her family. “I do believe [that’s why it resonates with people],” says Briner. “It makes the whole cast very easy to root for, and you can sort of tap into whoever you relate to the most and it’s still going to feel very rewarding.”

Navigating the Show’s Difficult Moments


Deku taking notes on heroes
Briner just can't help himself. He has to read ahead.

My Hero Academia has some pretty big moments — and we’re not just talking about epic battles. So, when it comes time to portray these iconic moments, Briner makes sure he’s prepared for these pivotal “stressful” scenes.

“I read ahead,” says Briner. “I read the manga, so I keep up to date. Actors say they don’t like to keep up with the source material sometimes to be surprised, but I don’t have the willpower. So, I keep up with it.

“And pretty consistently, every time there’s been a scene that I’ve read, and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s amazing,’ once it becomes animated, it’s just above and beyond. So, when we reach those moments in the show, I get a little nervous.

“But I have a lot of trust and faith in my director Colleen [Clinkenbeard], who is really great at building up the fight scenes, making them go from point A to point B, and feeling like you have overcome something at the end. So, to just make that feel as real as possible is definitely a challenge.”


All Might pointing out Deku as his successor
When All Might lost his powers, he made sure Deku knew it was his turn to step up to the plate.

Speaking of challenges, Season 3 gave us one of the anime’s most shocking moments: All Might losing his powers after defeating All for One. The emotional scene which saw the world’s number one hero and Symbol of Peace enter retirement marked the end of an era, and Briner did his best tap into the emotion behind that scene.

“There’s a lot of difficult emotions that go into that,” says Briner. “When I saw that scene… you know, I get the luxury of recording to the animation and getting to hear the sound effects and the music swell as I say the line. So that definitely helps a lot with getting into the scene.

“But you know, it’s thoughts of having to step up in that moment and realizing that [the one] you once could depend on so readily, now you have to probably help him and shoulder the burden more on your own, which I think is really touching. So, when that moment happened, I just tried to portray it as honestly as I could. It wasn’t much, not a lot of dialogue. It was more just a couple lines and then crying really. And I really felt that.”

Let’s See More of That Female Cast


Momo Yaoyoruzu
Momo’s low confidence led to one of the most satisfying arcs on the show.

Of course, My Hero Academia isn’t the first shōnen anime to give us the feels, big moments, and an ensemble cast with varying personalities and abilities. Shows like Naruto also gave us multiple characters to root for, identify with, mourn, and ship. However, as Naruto continued, the development of its intriguing side characters suffered.

My Hero Academia has, so far, managed to avoid this pitfall, which has led to memorable interactions and battles and unsinkable ships — like KiriBaku (Kirishima and Bakugo), the bromance we all can’t help but love, Briner included. “Yeah, I love their relationship. I think they have such a cool buddy dynamic. I love that they have found each other so instantly — even though Bakugo is sort of begrudging about it. He’s like, ‘Alright, well, he’s fine.’ Yeah, I really love how they interact.”


Kiribaku My hero academia
Shipping Kirishima and Bakugo is a no-brainer.

“I like seeing Todoroki’s growth and how he’s opening up more to the people around him,” Briner continues. “I love seeing Momo Yaoyorozu sort of find her confidence over the last couple of arcs. Oh gosh, I feel like it’s a cop-out. I want to see everyone. I find everyone very compelling.”

However, even with such great character development, there are still characters that Briner feels deserve more screen time. “I think, just as a baseline, there are several people in Deku’s class that I would like to see more of,” explains Briner. “Sort of the folks you see less of, like Mina, the pink girl, and, honestly, let’s say the female cast of the class. I really want to see them get to do a little more.

“I’d like to see more of the other classes. I really like that the author takes the time to explore how the school works and the society works because that makes me more curious about what they get to do every day. So yeah, I just want to see more of everyone interacting really.”

Why Fans Should See My Hero Academia: Two Heroes


My Hero Academia- Two Heroes cast
You've gotta love it when all your faves show up on the big screen.

The need to see these characters interact is a testament to My Hero Academia author Kohei Horikoshi’s storytelling ability, where even the minor characters, like Neito Monoma, leave a lasting impression. So, it came as no surprise when a movie starring all of our favorite rookie heroes was announced.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes released in theaters on September 25 and will run through October 2, and Briner insists that fans of the show will enjoy the film. “I think it’s just got something for any sort of fan of the show. If you like the show, what you like about it is represented in the movie in some capacity.

“There’s team-ups. All your favorite characters are there. There’s new adventures, new explorations, in this new area. There’s fights, big crazy fights. So, I just think it’s cool to see the world expanded in this way in this movie, and it’s just a lot of fun to watch.”

Serving Up Wins in My Hero One’s Justice

The movie isn’t the only adaptation the popular anime will receive. There’s also a game, My Hero One’s Justice, set to release in North America and Europe on October 26. The fighting game will include our favorite characters and give players the power to create their own.

Briner, a fighting game fan himself, can’t wait to get his hands on the game to play with his friends. “I’ve been seeing screenshots pop up out of Japan now that the game’s released there, and it looks like it’s just going to be a lot of fun,” says Briner. “Like, it doesn’t take itself seriously enough that, you know, it’s completely serious, and I think that fits the tone of the show.

“You should be able to suit up your hero with ridiculous outfits and everything because that’s sort of the fun and charm of them being rookie heroes.” But Briner makes it clear that, when it comes to fighting games — especially My Hero One’s Justice, he’s no rookie. “I got to play a little of it at San Diego Comic-Con, and I played a round as Deku, and I won. So, I’m 1-0, 100% win rate. I’m trying to keep that streak going.”

Bakugo vs. Deku IRL


Deku vs Bakugo
Even though they're friends in real life, Deku and Bakugo's voice actors love playing up their fictional rivalry at cons.

Unfortunately, Briner and the rest of the cast didn’t get a chance to do an English track for the game. So, fans won’t get to hear any heated dialogue between Briner and Clifford Chapin (the English voice actor behind Bakugo). However, if you happen to be at a con where the two voice actors appear together, you might catch them acting out their rivalry in real life.

“I think we like to play up our rivalry when we do events like these, which is a lot of fun,” says Briner, “especially if we’re sitting next to each other doing autographs or something. He like vandalizes prints of Deku and stuff like that.”

In true Deku fashion, Briner maintains that he and Chapin are actually friends. “But I don’t think that we’re ever butting heads about anything,” Briner explains. “If anything, I’m just a very big supporter of his work.” Perhaps Deku and Bakugo can become real-life friends after all.

My Hero Academia just wrapped up its third season and was officially renewed for a fourth. It’s currently streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu. 

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