‘Star Wars’: Why Mark Hamill Almost Hung Up His Lightsaber For Good

Luke Skywalker Star Wars Last Jedi Mark HamillAccording to Mark Hamill, who is returning as a speaking Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he almost didn’t. Unlike when we first met Luke, who dreamt of going to the stars, Hamill wanted to keep his feet firmly planted on earth — until a force so great came along and helped the 66-year-old change his mind: Harrison Ford, choosing to return and play Han Solo.

In an interview with the New York Times, Hamill talked about returning to a “galaxy, far, far away,” where he, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford’s performances were originally described as  “uninspiredly”  “wretchedly,”  and “adequately.” In response to critic John Simon, Hamill said:

“We had T-shirts made: ‘adequate, uninspired and wretched.’ Harrison, adequate’s practically a rave compared to what we got.”

So, Hamill had realistic trepidations about returning to the enormous universe that George Lucas created and director J.J. Abrams reintroduced, especially after the tepid reactions to the prequels. In the article, Hamill recalls a 2012 lunch with Star Wars creator George Lucas and producer Kathleen Kennedy, along with Carrie Fisher, where Lucas told him that a new trilogy was in the works. When Lucas informed them that their iconic characters were returning, Hamill says he and Fisher had very different reactions.

“I was completely stunned. Carrie, not a minute went by — she slapped the table and goes, ‘I’m in!’ I said, ‘Carrie, poker face!’”

Hamill claimed he needed more time to think, but really attributes it to fear of failure.

“I was just really scared,” he said. “I thought, why mess with it? The idea of catching lightning in a bottle twice was ridiculously remote.”

He also added the following, which is valid these days with fickle audiences:

“No one wants to see the 50-, 60-, 70-year-old versions of us, running around, bumping heads on the Death Star. It’s sad.”

Hamill also believed that he would have Han flying in and saving his bacon by refusing to return as well.

“He’s too old and too rich and too cranky… He’s not going to do this.”

Surprise. Ford did say yes. So Hamill felt the peer pressure to agree.

“Can you imagine if I was the only one to say no? I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom.

Well, Hamill is not hated. In fact, he is adored for coming back to the culturally-impactful series that “hyper-spaced” his career.

The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong’o, and Andy Serkis. Here’s the official synopsis:

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.

Source: The New York Times

5 Ways ‘The Last Jedi’ Links To Greater ‘Star Wars’ Canon

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Star Wars The Last JediStar Wars: The Last Jedi is right around the corner. The film is the next chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga. It’s also unique in the Star Wars films as it is the first one to be an immediate sequel to its predecessor. But that does not mean there won’t be plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the greater Star Wars canon to pick up on and enjoy.

One of the biggest criticisms about the previous Star Wars canon, now dubbed Legends, is that ancillary material never connected. Since Disney has taken over and the establishment of the Star Wars Story Group, that has all changed. The modus operandi has been to have everything connect but not in an intrusive way– one that feels more natural to reward the more hardcore fans as well as to intrigue new fans.

Here are 5 ways The Last Jedi links to greater Star Wars canon. Click Next to get started!

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Colin Costello

Colin Costello

A self-professed geek and DC Comics fan, Colin is a working screenwriter with two family features under his belt.

  • Darthmanwe

    Aahahahah. That bit sounds so much like Carrie Fisher. Ah, we miss you.

  • Scott Whalen

    “Most hated man in nerdom!” Hilarious! Hamill shouldn’t worry. I was at the Disney Expo’s Live Action presentation, and when he was announced, the ovation was deafening.