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The force arrests Chewbacca (Wookie arrested on Hollywood Blvd.)
LA Times ^ | 2/3/07 | Andrew Blankstein and Bob Pool, Times Staff Writers

Posted on 02/03/2007 11:28:37 AM PST by BurbankKarl

The buzz on Hollywood Boulevard on Friday was over the Chewbacca who police say crossed over to the dark side in front of hundreds of tourists at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

LAPD officers arrested "Star Wars" street performer Frederick Evan Young, 44, of Los Angeles in his furry brown wookiee costume Thursday on a charge of misdemeanor battery for allegedly head-butting a tour guide who complained about Young's treatment of two visitors from Japan.

The incident — witnessed by Superman and other impersonators — is the latest clash outside the landmark cinema between visitors and performers dressed as movie and cartoon characters. They collect tips from tourists who pose for pictures and watch them perform in front of the theater, where generations of stars have placed their footprints in concrete.

Two years ago, actors dressed as superhero Mr. Incredible, Elmo the Muppet and the dark-hooded character from the movie "Scream" were arrested for aggressive begging. More recently, an actor portraying slasher movie favorite Freddie Krueger was taken into custody for allegedly stabbing another man, although no charges were filed.

Thursday's altercation comes as police and Hollywood officials are trying to rein in the colorful assortment of actors and wannabes who perform for crowds.

A police source said that a Superman performer witnessed the altercation and was interviewed by police. Other street performers said that before police arrived Superman called producers from ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Show," which is taped across the boulevard from the theater, and a cameraman videotaped Young being led off by officers.

"The city will do something eventually. Yesterday's incident probably shortened that time span," said Thomas Fox, wearing a pirate's suit reminiscent of Capt. Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean."

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1 posted on 02/03/2007 11:28:40 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

That's one fat, small Wookiee.


2 posted on 02/03/2007 11:29:24 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, Townhall.com, Brietbart.com, and Drudge Report are not valid news sources.)
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To: BurbankKarl

The head may be Chewy, but the body looks like Yogi Bear.


3 posted on 02/03/2007 11:30:28 AM PST by airborne (Elect an Airborne Ranger,Vietnam Veteran for President ! Duncan Hunter 2008!!)
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To: BurbankKarl

Why's Young's head blurred? At 44, he isn't a minor.


4 posted on 02/03/2007 11:31:08 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, Townhall.com, Brietbart.com, and Drudge Report are not valid news sources.)
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5 posted on 02/03/2007 11:32:14 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Maybe he is a member of SAG.


6 posted on 02/03/2007 11:32:27 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

"It's not wise to upset a wookie"


7 posted on 02/03/2007 11:34:25 AM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: BurbankKarl

May the farce be with you.


8 posted on 02/03/2007 11:36:07 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: BurbankKarl

Will he use the chewbacca defense in court?


9 posted on 02/03/2007 11:38:19 AM PST by flashbunny (If the founding fathers were alive today, they'd be plucking feathers and boiling tar.)
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To: BurbankKarl

Let the Wookie win.


10 posted on 02/03/2007 11:39:20 AM PST by flying Elvis ("In...War, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst" Clausewitz.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

http://abc.go.com/latenight/jimmykimmel/index?pn=video

there is a video here.... #2


11 posted on 02/03/2007 11:42:08 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

Humans are so very strange.


12 posted on 02/03/2007 11:43:32 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (I am the Cat who Walks by Himself and all places are alike to me!)
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To: BurbankKarl

If he's found guilty, his punishment should be to stand on Hollywood Blvd in a Chewbacca costume.


13 posted on 02/03/2007 11:51:04 AM PST by BinaryBoy
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To: BurbankKarl

Appreciated.


14 posted on 02/03/2007 11:52:06 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, Townhall.com, Brietbart.com, and Drudge Report are not valid news sources.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Why's Young's head blurred?

Obviously a liberal.

15 posted on 02/03/2007 11:54:06 AM PST by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: BurbankKarl

I guesss they do this because they have nothing better to do?


16 posted on 02/03/2007 11:55:13 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: BurbankKarl

Gee, it's people like this who give Wookies a bad name. This will just strengthen the anti-Wookie immigration movement on this planet.


17 posted on 02/03/2007 11:57:02 AM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: BurbankKarl

That was one sad Superman.


18 posted on 02/03/2007 11:57:14 AM PST by TightyRighty
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To: BurbankKarl
The incident — witnessed by Superman

Can't get a much better witness than that, huh...

19 posted on 02/03/2007 11:58:23 AM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: BurbankKarl
These are the kinds of stories Timothy Leary would write if he

1) dropped more Acid;
2) could write
3) wasn't dead.

20 posted on 02/03/2007 12:02:01 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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