Often without context, this quote, regarding the passing of Carrie Fisher and the future of Star Wars, made the rounds over the last couple days:
[It affected us] terribly. It really has tarnished my abilty to enjoy it to its fullest. I mean you were asking earlier are you going to come back? I don’t care anymore on that level, because Han Solo is gone, Luke is gone. And you just can’t get the band back together the way you wanted it to be and it shouldn’t be that way. It is what it is and rather than being sorry that we can’t have more of [Carrie Fisher], I’m just grateful that we had the time with her that we did.
And, having covered Clayton Sandell’s visit to Ireland to meet up with the Hamill’s, I was surprised — at first — that Mark Hamill was being quoted as not wanting to come back.
That’s because, earlier in the day (presumably, or the day before) Hamill also said:
— Clayton Sandell (@Clayton_Sandell) March 17, 2018
In fact, that day, Sandell — a Twitter acquaintance of mine — and I, DM’d; with Clayton excited to report that Hamill was, indeed, willing to come back if J.J. Abrams called.
So, I believe proper context is lost if you don’t actually watch the entire piece, which is about life as a celebrity and the world of Star Wars with and without Carrier Fisher. Have a watch:
A rare chat with @StarWars icon @@HamillHimself, along with his wife and daughter opening up about traveling the world together and the loss of Carrie Fisher: https://t.co/aAdZ8O1kwV pic.twitter.com/uUD2kuVV72
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 10, 2018
Finally, also important is the context of one more piece from that period:
"If you can't have fun making a 'Star Wars' movie, you have a serious problem." The one and only @HamillHimself talks Luke Skywalker and more with @Clayton_Sandell: https://t.co/tbe6rz6VyA pic.twitter.com/fvchG7t2D7
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 23, 2018
My favorite quote from the latter piece?
I wish she were here now. She’d be behind you giving me the finger and making funny faces…
So, in the end, when Sandell asked Hamill if he would come back to the role — if he were asked by Lucasfilm to come back — would he say, “yes”? Mark replied: “I think that’s probably fair to say. But, who knows [chuckle]?”
However, it’s ALSO the truth that minus the presence of Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, it simply doesn’t matter to Mark Hamill as much as it once did.
As Hamill said, “And you just can’t get the band back together the way you wanted it to be…”
Look for my Q & A with Clayton sometime soon! JB