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Ten Cool Things We Learned From Mark Hamill’s Reddit AMA

Ten Cool Things We Learned From Mark Hamill’s Reddit AMA

mark_hamill_59705-1280x1024Mark Hamill participated in a Reddit AMA earlier today, and he shared some interesting things. It’s worth reading the whole AMA at your leisure, but here are some highlights – Ten to be exact.

10. Aunt Beru’s blue milk was disgusting.

“It was ghastly! Since it was a prop, I wanted to matter of factly have a sip, but they used this milk that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. It was sweet. It’s moments like that when I think, boy, I really am a good actor since I didn’t gag. I can’t remember the name, it comes in these triangular cartons, it’s everlasting milk or something like that. I don’t know if they still make it. It’s sweet and syrupy and yucky. If you want to try it go to a camping store and drop some blue food coloring in it and there you go.”

9. He was able to snag keepsakes from each Star Wars film.

“I kept something from each film. From the first I kept my boots. I had to ask for them, I didn’t just take them! I kept the stormtrooper helmet that I rescued Princess Leia in. The ones that were commercially made last much longer. I have little bits and pieces from each of the movies. I would never think of selling these things. I saw they were auctioning my pants from the first film for $44,000! They were just bleached out levis with the pockets ripped out. There were multiples made for me and my stunt double. That seemed like a really steep price.”

8. Was he ever able to make it to Tosche station for those power converters?

“I get ribbed for that line because it was so whiney. And I remember at the time, I had to make it as juvenile as possible so that I can show how Luke matures later. So it should be embarrassing. It should be whiney and childish. But boy, has it come back to haunt me. I don’t think I ever got the chance to finally pick them up.”

7. Peter Mayhew dropped by the AMA to say hello! Luke and Chewie, reunited…

“I love you and you have been a life-long friend. And I’m convinced there’s no one closer to a real life wookiee in the most positive sense.

Also, I loved those pictures you released! I’ve got a ton of old pics from the set upstairs that I want to go through now.”

6. His feelings on working with Yoda.

“I never thought of him as weird, he was unexpected, because the audience and Luke both thought a Jedi Master must be 6’5″ with a formidable physical presence. But that was the whole point, he was a little toad like creature. Frank Oz and the people who imbued him with life were spectacular, I loved that whole experience. I could tell it was a monumental character to be introducing in the 2nd installment, I loved it. The minute I looked at him, he was real to me. You notice that with small children, the puppeteer isn’t hiding what he’s doing but the kids are zeroed in on Oscar or Grover or whoever, again its that childlike ability to believe and I never want to feel like I lose that. I was marveling at what a breakthrough puppet it was with the movement and the way they could build something like this, but if it hadn’t been for Frank Oz and Larry Kasdan writing that script it would have been a much different story. And I loved Yoda and still do.”

5. How it feels, being immortalized as Luke Skywalker.

“I’m certainly humbled. But (it)’s hard to really wrap one’s head around. I didn’t get into this business to be famous, I got in because I really like communicating. I wasn’t even sure I was going to be an actor. So I look at that as Luke, not really as me. Luke is immortal and I’m just an actor who got the honor to play him.”

4. On who else is returning for Episode VII…

“The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn’t stopped beeping about it.”

-Yeah, yeah, we know… But, will Luke be back?

“Haha. I’m not being coy, really. When I find something out, I’ll let everybody know. But nothing has been decided yet.”

3. His love and appreciation for the fans.

“You know, Star Wars fans over the years have become so familiar to me. And they are so warm and so supportive, they’re almost like family. I’m so grateful to them in so many ways. You’re always taken aback because I don’t think of it on a day to day basis, then you go to one of these celebrations or fan conventions. I call them UPF’s, ultra passionate fans, and they are very special to all of us, me especially.”

2. Um, about that Star Wars Holiday Special…

“Oh yeah. I thought it was a mistake from the beginning. It was just unlike anything else in the Star Wars universe. And I initially said that I didn’t want to do it, but George said it would help keep Star Wars in the consciousness and I wanted to be a team player so I did it. And I also said that I didn’t think Luke should sing, so they cut that number. And now, I think we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. They should put on the extra of the DVD’s – it shows how incredibly fallible we are! At that same time, it did introduce Boba Fett in an animated sequence, so it’s significant in that respect. Plus Art Carney was in it, who is one of my favorite comedic actors of all time.”

1. He’s been married to the same woman since 1978. An admirable accomplishment to be sure!

“Well i just was lucky i found the right person. If you’re lucky enough to find your soulmate, you have to keep your fingers crossed. A really short manual would read “Don’t cheat”, because that seems to be where people break up. When you go through tricky periods you have to work on it and having children helps because you know you’re trying to find a way to make everyone happy. You know, she was my dental hygienist. I went in to get my teeth cleaned and that’s where we met. “

There’s loads more, including some discussion of his role as the Joker and his recipe for guacamole. Check it out!

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2 Comments

  1. Melinda
    January 25, 2014 at 21:52 Reply

    MH certainly has many gifts, but for me, it’s his capacity as a storyteller. 🙂 His personality shines through. He gets so animated. I’ll never forget that first time he appeared at a Celebration … Caitlin and I sitting in about the 12th row, dead center, and our rapt attention as MH wove tale after tale — and not always about SW. He should do more of that. 🙂
    And kudos to he and his wife. That’s pretty darn impressive to be together for that length of time! 🙂 I love to hear how couples met … basically a chance encounter that leads to a lifelong partnership. 🙂
    (great synopsis, by the way! 🙂 )

    1. Lisa
      January 27, 2014 at 17:44 Reply

      Thanks Melinda. 🙂

      I agree about his storytelling ability – Although I’ve not had to good fortune to ever see him in person. I think it would be awesome if he wrote an autobiography someday! That would be a fantastic read, no doubt!

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