You may be forgiven for thinking this might have been a publicity stunt for the next Star Wars installment, but it isn’t.
For starters, it didn’t occur at some Hollywood back lot; instead, it happened in the Ukrainian city of Odessa during local elections on Sunday. See the above video for more details.
And it’s kinda semi-serious in that it was an actual arrest. As you can tell by the smartphone video below, this is one unhappy Chewbacca who was somewhat at odds with the local law.
And the cops, well there were around five or so of them who had a hard time fixing handcuffs on this big wookie.
The unnamed guy under the costume ended up being detained and fined 170 hryvnia ($7.50) for disobeying police, according to AFP. Apparently, he was initially arrested for canvassing on election day, which is illegal.
Upon his release, Chewbacca told local media that he was not able to pay the fine because there was no earthly branch of his “intergalactic bank.”
Ukrainian police ended up posting a statement, along with a photo of the bust, on its Instagram account, reports the New York Post.
“Nothing unusual here, just Chewbacca detained for being without documents while driving Darth Vader to the elections in Odessa,” it said. “The Sith Lord has already claimed this was illegal as Chewbacca is his pet and general servant, and thus does not require documents.”
Seems Ukrainian cops do have a sense of humor after all.
But the local election wasn’t all about Chewbacca because he was in a supporting role for a candidate posing as the dark sith himself, Darth Vader.
Seems the Star Wars theme and colorful political groups are a bit of thing in the Ukraine. Last year, there were 16 Darth Vaders in full costume — plus other Star Wars characters — who were candidates in the country’s parliamentary elections, reported The Guardian.
See a T.V. commercial for one Vader candidate from last year’s election below: