10 Things We Learnt About Mark Hamill And Star Wars: The Last Jedi

10 Things We Learnt About Mark Hamill And Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Making His Mark

The New York Times just ran an extensive chat recently with Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker and here’s 10 things we found out from the piece, written by Dave Itzkoff…

1. He never thought that Star Wars was going to be the huge worldwide hit it became: “I thought, even if this thing doesn’t slay at the box office, it’s got midnight cult movie written all over it,” he said. “Move over, ‘Rocky Horror,’ ‘Star Wars’ is here!”

2. Hamill always assumed that Han Solo was the main character in Star Wars: “[Ford]’s a brilliant actor — that’s a given. He’s also a leading man. When I tested for this thing, I assumed he was the protagonist and I was his annoying sidekick.”

3. He never had a problem embracing the world of Star Wars and everything that entailed away from the films themselves: “It’s clearly not for everyone — I get that. But the passion of it all is just astonishing. The way it’s become part of the fabric of their lives — ‘I met my wife at this movie, we named our child Leia’ — it’s moving.”

4. When it was first mooted, he was a little reticent to be involved: “I was just really scared. I thought, why mess with it? The idea of catching lightning in a bottle twice was ridiculously remote.”

5. He never expected Harrison Ford to come back for The Force Awakens: “He’s too old and too rich and too cranky. He’s not going to do this. Can you imagine if I was the only one to say no? I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom.”

6. When the actor was given the narration by JJ Abrams at the table read for The Force Awakens, he saw this as a challenge from JJ Abrams: “I think he wanted to break me, like you break a racehorse.”

7. Hamill admits that he was a little disappointed at his lack of screen time in The Force Awakens but his real fear was at not satisfying the audience: “If it smacks the audience as a cheat or a gimmick, if there’s a big groan in the house, the egg’s on my face, not J.J.’s,”

8. How much Luke Skywalker has become such a part of his life and his career and how he sees the character: “That’s the hard part. You don’t want to admit how possessive you’ve become. There are times where you go, ‘Really? That’s what they think of Luke? I’m not only in disagreement – I’m insulted.’ But that’s the process and you thrash it all out.”

9. Hamill is a little sad that Carrie Fisher won’t get to enjoy the extra attention that her presence in these new Star Wars films will continue to bring: “She deserved that second act. Harrison was more prominent in VII, I’m more prominent in this one, and she was meant to be more prominent in the last one. Her timing was perfect, except in this case.”

10. Carrie Fisher pointed out that he needed to come to terms with the fact that he is still best-know as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, when a theatre programme just described him as a Star Wars actor: “She goes, ‘What’s your problem?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s theater, I want it to be more focused on theater.’ She goes, ‘I am Princess Leia. You’re Luke Skywalker. Get used to it.’”

 

Read the whole interview here

New York Times Mark Hamill Interview

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