I love it when actors from Star Wars The Force Awakens have other movies to promote. It seems to be the only way actors will talk about the upcoming film. Plus, I just love the fact that Mark Hamill is getting more exposure at this stage in his career.
While promoting the upcoming Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn film “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (which looks crazy cool by the way), The New Hope himself talked a bit to the LA Times’ Hero Complex about his return to the Galaxy Far Far Away:
HC: Are you being approached more often these days by excited “Star Wars” fans eager to discuss “The Force Awakens”?
MH: Occasionally you’ll meet fans that feel the way I did when I met George Harrison. You just feel like if you open your mouth you’re going to lose it. You’re re-reminded of the impact that it had on some people. It had a beginning, a middle and an end for me. It was nice, but it was over. I didn’t have a problem with the prequels because it was like they’re playing with my toys but I’m not in the rec room anymore. I’ve moved out of the house. I didn’t feel possessive of it in any way, shape or form. The same when they were planning this third set of stories. I would have been completely OK with it not including us, but I do think having the original cast members there gives it a sense of continuity and scope. But mind you, it’s really about the new generation, it’s not about us.
HC: The first day you were back on set playing Luke Skywalker once more must have been incredibly surreal.
MH: Oh, my God! It’s just crazy town. First of all, the security. We had problems before with people leaking stuff, but I was saying to them, “Is it really necessary to put on this giant robe with a hood that hangs down to your chest to go from my trailer to the soundstage?” They said, “Drones.” I said, “You’re kidding! Really?”… I wish people would just relax. We’re not trying to play games with people. We just want to maximize their experience at the movies where it should be seen and not have it leaked over the Internet. Believe me, it will be here before you know it. Forget about it, that’s my advice. Look forward to all the summer movies. I’m telling you, it’s just a movie. These people that build it up in their minds like it’s going to be the second coming of, I don’t know what — they’re bound to be disappointed.
It’s exciting from the standpoint that it’s the first of the movies in that universe that’s conceived and directed by the fan generation. We’ve never had that before. Now, Larry Kasdan is one of the old-timers like us, but the captain of the ship is J.J. Abrams and he was a fan of the series, which I find very interesting. They’re going to have an input into how things are done in a way that was impossible in the more autonomous period of George’s [Lucas] reign. I hope it’s a hit!
That last quote is just perfect. Hamill is so sincere in his love for the franchise and its fans while maintaining a humble, self-deprecating demeanor.
Also, I’m really enjoying how much more appreciated Hamill is in pop culture right now. With the explosion of geek culture and geek franchises in Hollywood, I feel like a broader audience is remembering just what a cherished pop culture icon Mark Hamill is. It’s been well documented that Hamill struggled getting broader roles in Hollywood after the original Star Wars trilogy and I’m sure that was a bitter pill to swallow for Hamill. It must feel really great for him to get the appreciation for his work now that he probably didn’t get earlier in his career.
All that…and I just love Luke Skywalker.