Wednesday 25 April 2018

Hamill 'drafted' into Star Wars

Mark Hamill pictured in London with his wife Marilou York
Mark Hamill pictured in London with his wife Marilou York

Mark Hamill knew he had to say yes when George Lucas told him about plans for a new Star Wars trilogy.

"It's not like a choice. It's like I was drafted," he told a massive crowd night at a Star Wars celebration of his decision to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

"Could you imagine if for some reason I said 'I don't think I want to do it?' I would have all of you surrounding my house like villagers, angry villagers with lightsabers instead of torches," joked the 63-year-old Star Wars veteran.

Hamill admitted he was caught off guard when Lucas invited him to lunch.

W hen Hamill's wife surmised that perhaps there was a new film in the works, Hamill laughed, as Lucas had told him specifically that he was done making Star Wars movies after the prequels.

He assumed Lucas was going to announce a 3-D release or roll out another box set of the films, laughing about the number of versions that have been made available.

When things started coming together, Hamill said he was cautiously optimistic about JJ Abrams, the chosen director for The Force Awakens.

"I was a little suspicious because he was a Star Trek guy," said Hamill, laughing.

The actor quickly clarified that he likes Star Trek.

"It just seems odd," he said.

He went on to compliment Abrams for his inclusiveness. Abrams, Hamill noted, is also the first Star Wars director to be borne out of true fandom of the original films.

"He feels the way you feel in terms of wanting practical effects. Real sets," he said.

Keeping in line with the secrecy surrounding The Force Awakens, which opens on December 18, Hamill said he is always worried about leaking information.

He claims he even learned the subtitle of the seventh film on the Internet.

"They're so secretive these days," said Hamill. "When we did the first one no one cared."

Hamill was "cleared" to tell the packed house in Anaheim, California, that he did record a voiceover specifically for the new teaser trailer, which debuted on Thursday.

In the teaser, we hear Luke's voice saying a familiar, but slightly altered line from Return Of The Jedi: "The force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too."

He laughed and said that he kept messing up and saying: "My father had it."

After playing the trailer once more in the large arena, Hamill marvelled that there is "so much information there for you to speculate about" embedded in the footage.

"It implies so much that's gone on from Jedi till now," he said.

"They don't call it a teaser for nothing. They want to tease you."

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