At this point, hearing controversial statements from Mark Hamill on Star Wars is nothing new. John Williams receiving a ton of credit for making Star Wars what it is today isn’t either. But just how much credit should the famous composer get? In a recent interview with Variety, Hamill — as usual — didn’t pull any punches with his comments.
“Aside from George Lucas, nobody deserves more credit for the success of Star Wars than John Williams,” Hamill said.
Bold? Perhaps, but certainly not without merit. Besides, who would know better than the lead in five of the eight films in a galaxy far, far away? During the interview, Hamill also shared fond memories of his young life as a score buff.
I saw Jason and the Argonauts on a double bill with 7th Voyage of Sinbad,” hesaid. “I could hum the main-title themes from the time I saw them.”
It’s no wonder a slightly older Hamill would then know a bit about Williams upon landing the role of Luke Skywalker in 1976 and how in awe of his work he was once he was given an early listen.
“Obviously, as ‘Johnny’ Williams, he paid his dues in television, but I didn’t come to know that until much later,” Hamill told Variety.
The memories become much more vivid. Travel back to that year, before anyone even heard Williams’ famous Star Wars score, to a young Mark Hamill getting picked up in a two-seater sports car by producer Gary Kurtz, who then popped a tape in as Williams’s work filled the sound system.
“He put this tape in, and I was absolutely blown away,” Hamill recalled. “By the time we reached our destination, I was levitating. I couldn’t believe it. There were tears streaming down my face. I was so overwhelmed, so moved, so delighted. His music was epic. For a movie as modest as ours, his music elevated it to the status of Lawrence of Arabia.”
At that point, the actor knew George Lucas hired someone special. In fact, the composer was so synonymous with Star Wars, Hamill joked that he felt some ownership over Williams when he went on to create another iconic score for Superman in 1977.
Hamill managed to snag an invite to a recording session and had just one question.
“Why couldn’t he have saved that for The Empire Strikes Back, the next film in the series?”
The success Williams would later have with that follow-up, and others, goes without saying.
Jump forward to Williams, along with Hamill and others, making their big return to the franchise in 2015 with The Force Awakens, Hamill couldn’t help but to feel lucky with getting his composer back saying “The Force was with us on that one. Nobody could step into his shoes.”
With The Last Jedi, Hamill didn’t have a hard time getting another recording session invite, this time from director Rian Johnson.
“I was just in awe,” Hamill said, “to see the entire orchestra, upwards of 100 people, and the way [Williams] communicated with them — he knew all their names! … It’s indescribable, how he elevates every scene. He’s got to understand the emotion of the scene, the dynamics of whatever conflict we’re trying to portray, as deeply as an actor does. In a way, that’s even more complex. As an actor, you’re only one person, one instrument in the orchestra. He’s the entire cast.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters.
The cast includes Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Benicio Del Toro, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.
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Avengers: Infinity War is arguably one of the most anticipated superhero films going into 2018. It’s the culmination of the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a massive event that will shape the course for future films in the series. Since the formation of this cinematic universe there was a hope and dream that the years would allow for a film of this magnitude would be made. It was beyond a lot of what people expected of superhero films of the time, but now it’s finally happening.
There are a lot of specific expectations for the film. It’s going to be a film that is highly scrutinized whether or not it is well received. Most of the fans have their own theories and things they’re hoping to see, so now is a perfect time to talk about our own expectations
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