Mark Hamill was recently interviewed by Hero Complex about all the projects he’s been juggling of late – From his cameo in Kingsman: The Secret Service, to his return as The Trickster in The Flash, and, most notably, his reprisal of the role that made him a legend… Luke Skywalker.
Regarding his recently increased on-screen presence and The Force Awakens:
I’m just a working stiff. I’ve been plugging away. Sometimes you wish, especially when I was on Broadway, people would take more notice, but it ebbs and it flows. What’s been fun about what’s been happening recently is how unexpected all of this is. I thought even if they make another trilogy they’re not going to use Luke and Leia and Han, it will be about the new generation. I’m still stunned. I did it and I still can’t believe it happened.
On meeting fans and how he felt about when the Prequels came around:
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.
Finally, what is was like to be Luke again, and some sage advice to all those who are burning with anticipation over The Force Awakens:
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.
Once more, for emphasis: We just want to maximize their experience at the movies where it should be seen and not have it leaked over the Internet.
You can read the interview with Mr. Hamill, in its entirety, at Hero Complex.Powered by Sidelines