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Mark Hamill recently spoke to ComingSoon.net about the secrecy behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Even though fans crave every bit of news and information concerning the highly anticipated sequel, we are also well aware that the production behind the scenes takes extra measures to protect the story, its characters, and anything else crucial to the film.
“You know, the security on it is just crazy,” he said. “I’m surprised I can even admit I’m in it! …I like being surprised. It’s a whole different era now. When we made the original films, you had the odd reporter hanging around the studio bribing people to give them stories. Now, I said to them, ‘Do I really have to wear this robe and this hood that covers my entire head to go from the trailer to the soundstage?’ They said, ‘Yeah, there’s drones.’ Seriously! There’s drones flying over the studio trying to get pictures of whatever they can get pictures of.”
He also shared a story from his experience back when The Empire Strikes back was being made. “We were up in Finse, Norway and [someone] bribed a couple of emergency helicopter pilots that were looking for a couple that were stranded while skiing to buzz-bomb our set and take pictures. They appeared in the newspaper The Sun. They didn’t get much. They had pictures of snowmobiles and they wrote ‘Strange, alien machinery on the set of ‘Star Wars 2′!’ as they called it. It was crazy! It was just snowmobiles with really identifiable logos on the side.”
Besides the secrecy, Hamill briefly spoke about the film in terms of who’s currently taking care of the story. “The most interesting aspect from my point of view is that [Star Wars] is now in the hands of the generation who were fans,” he said. “…It’s the next generation of filmmakers who were sort of weened on these pictures.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out December 18, 2015.