Bad feeling about this … Harrison Ford as the real Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Photograph: Allstar/Disney/Lucasfilm
Stourbridge man Dominic Kimberley, 35, thought it would be a spiffing idea to rename himself after the galaxys greatest space scoundrel, until it emerged he might never be able to leave Britain legally again, let alone head off on the Millennium Falcon for adventures in the cosmos. Kimberley, a fan of Star Wars since the age of four, successfully changed his name by deed poll for a fee of just 12, but was subsequently unable to secure a passport in his new name.
I had booked a holiday to Thailand so sent my passport off with the deed poll letter and they sent it back saying I couldnt change it because it was a fictional character, Kimberley/Solo told ITV.com. I rang them, and was on the phone for hours going from manager to manager, but nobody would sort it out for me.
The West Midlands man was ultimately forced to travel using his old passport, but is now terrified of being caught the next time he leaves the country and locked up in some wretched hive of scum and villainy.
The Venezuelan man who mutilated himself to look like the Red Skull
We live in an era of unprecedented popularity for cosplay the practice of dressing up as ones favourite fantasy character. But Henry Damon of Caracas, Venezuela, undoubtedly took the whole thing a bit too far after chopping off part of his nose to more closely resemble the Marvel villain The Red Skull, as essayed by Australian actor Hugo Weaving in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Caracas also tattooed his face red and had implants placed in his forehead, in order to look more like the wartime leader of fictional Nazi terrorist organisation Hydra. For good measure, he also tattooed his eyeballs black.
He has loved comic books since he was a kid and always dreamed of being Red Skull, but never got round to doing it, Damons friend Pablo Hernandez told the Daily Mail. As of 2015, the Marvel fan was planning to have silicone implants placed in his cheeks and further facial tattooing to complete the transformation.