Mark Hamill Talks Star Wars, Carrie Fisher, and Luke Skywalker with the AP

Hamill muses about The Last Jedi, Carrie Fisher, and Skywalker’s return

Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: A New Hope

By most reckoning, it’s unusual for Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker (for those of you not paying attention), to tweet links to articles about himself.

However, on Wednesday, Hamill tweeted:

The piece, a short Q&A, revealed a couple of new (at least to this reader) details about the actor.

“Having briefly served as a copyboy at the AP’s Los Angeles bureau while a college student, Hamill introduced himself as ‘a fellow AP employee,'” wrote the Associated Post’s Jake Coyle, who spoke to Hamill via phone from Malibu, California. “Jedi masters, it turns out, hail from the most unexpected corners of the universe.”

Almost a Texas Wheeler?

Mark Hamill, The Last Jedi
Hamill

Jedi masters also get tempted… by TV shows.

“The thing is, they got it down to two sets of three: a Han, a Luke and a Leia,” Hamill told Coyle of his original Star Wars audition. “There were three other actors, and then Carrie, Harrison and myself. And there was never a mix or a match. You go with one team or another. It’s just weird. I did a TV series called ‘The Texas Wheelers,’ which I thought at the time was really groundbreaking. We got cancelled so quickly, but if that had been a success, I wouldn’t have been able to do Star Wars.

“Fate is a funny thing. Who knew?” added Hamill.

It’s a good interview by Coyle, whose questions touched on many things interesting to Star Wars fans. Those queries included one about Carrie Fisher.

“She was irreplaceable,” admitted Hamill to the AP. “There can never be a proper reunion anymore. It’s tragic. I hate that it adds an air of melancholy to the film because it doesn’t deserve it. I know for a fact she would obviously want us to be having fun.”

Ready to Return

However, beyond Hamill’s obvious sadness about his co-star, the veteran actor sounds anxious for The Last Jedi to arrive.

“It’s just the calm before the storm,” said Hamill to Coyle.

Shortly thereafter, Hamill tweeted:

We can’t wait either! JB

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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.

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