STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – Mark Hamill Talks Spoilers, Cast Reunions, STAR WARS Fandom, and Saying “Yes” to the New Film

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With production underway on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, Mark Hamill has been cast not just into the film, but back into the spotlight as well.  In a recent interview, he talks about his time in the original trilogy, his reaction to the prequel trilogy, and his involvement in the new trio of films currently underway.  While there’s not much in the way of plot or even his character arc revealed in this interview, he does talk a bit about George Lucas’ vision for the Star Wars characters and his reaction to Disney purchasing Lucasfilm.  Hamill also comments on fans’ expectations and the current culture of movie spoilers.  Hit the jump for more.

star-wars-mark-hamillIn an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Hamill talked about a wide range of topics from Disney park attractions to voicing the Joker.  You can find all of those comments and more over at the link provided, but we’ve supplied a few Star Wars-related tidbits below.

Hamill says he was perfectly content with leaving the franchise behind after Return of the Jedi:

“In my mind, there was a beginning, and a middle and an end for me and my association with George’s trilogy. It was firmly in the past.  When the prequels came out, I watched from a distance, but I was totally fine.”

Of course, now he’s back in a presumably significant role for Episode VII , and he talked a bit about his preparation and time on set:

“I’ve altered my diet. I’ve started working out. There’s that.  But on the film itself: I toured the departments, I’ve looked at wardrobe, and I saw the creature shop. I went around and met all the cast people, saw the technicians working on some new things.”

Hamill went on to say that Lucas “always liked the idea of seeing the original characters as elderly characters,” and indeed he got his wish as Hamill is joined by Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in J.J. Abrams’ follow-up.

“I hadn’t seen Tony Daniels or Carrie [Fisher] or Harrison [Ford] or Peter Mayhew in ages. … I was wonderful to see them again, because I didn’t expect to. Again, this is all so unexpected. It’s like getting out that pair of pants you haven’t worn in five years and finding a 20-dollar bill in the pocket. Oh, this is nice.”

star-wars-mark-hamill-carrie-fisherThe actor also touched on saying “yes” to Episode VII, saying potential fan reaction was one of the factors in motivating him to sign on:

“Look, I’m aware that a lot of people don’t care one way or another, but for the UPFs – the ultra passionate fans – they would come after me like the angry townspeople with torches in the old Frankenstein pictures. I would have a lot to answer for if I didn’t at least try to make the effort. It’s not like I had a choice. I feel like I was called up for service by the Selective Service.”

Hamill also admits that he’s not nearly in the same league as the fans when it comes to Star Wars knowledge:

“I haven’t seen those movies since they were in movie theaters. I don’t watch them on home theater or DVD. There are people who are far more expert in it than I am. They know more, way more, about them than I do, and they care more. … You don’t have to love them, but I am surprised sometimes at how vehemently they get if they’re not satisfied, which is scary. I have this feeling that no matter what we do there’s going to be a faction that really is disappointed. You just can’t live up to that. Any kind of reunion type endeavor, whatever it is … you can never go home again.”

Finally, Hamilly touched on the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney:

“I think he [George Lucas] really feels a great relief of passing this property into the right hands. I couldn’t be more excited even nominally a part of the Disney family.”

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  • jk

    Seems like a really down-to-earth kind of guy. Hope he shines again in Star Wars.

    • 80sRobot

      I found it cool that he conveyed how surprising it was for him to return, just as many of us are surprised too the original cast has reunited. He and Fisher have always seemed relate-able to fans and the public. Ford on the other hand always has come off as aloof and daffy, which has gotten worse as he has aged.

      • Nothin’ acts like a Ford

        Ford’s best movie is “Bruno”.

      • nintendo zapper

        Hollywood Homicide.

      • Werefon

        That was a good interview.

      • The Flobbit

        Ford is, at his heart, an actor. He wants to act, and he doesn’t care about the fans or the fame. Many people construe this as being rude and grumpy. I don’t think he is.

    • http://www.beatific-design.com Beatific

      I thought that. Seems like a nice guy.

    • Aquartertoseven

      “On reuniting: “I hadn’t seen Tony Daniels or Carrie [Fisher] or Harrison [Ford] or Peter Mayhew in ages. … I was wonderful to see them again”

      Seems a bit full of himself really. :P

      • Kirilli

        That was a typo, he meant “It was wonderful to see them again.”

      • Aquartertoseven

        Yes, I know, thus the “:P”.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Yes, I know, thus the “:P”.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Yes, I know, thus the “:P”.

      • Werefon

        Yeah, movie ruined. Damn it. He ruined it.

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    Still shocked at how much better he looks after getting back in shape. He was nigh unrecognizable for a few years.

  • Hari

    Really don’t know who wants to see these 70 year old retreads. Its a reboot… so reboot the franchise.

    • milo

      I want to see them, at least in one movie to hand off the torch.

      And it’s a sequel, not a reboot. Seriously, it shouldn’t be that hard to understand the difference.

      • Hari

        Are these actors the best or most gifted actors for the roles or are they coasting off reputation/good-will?

        The point is I really don’t think these aging actors who generally haven’t booked roles (probably for a reason) are the best fit for an action movie. The focus should be on the new generation and new talent.

      • Werefon

        That’s why you getting few more movies with new actors in the future. And we don’t know for sure will they be in 8 and 9.

        Ford wanted Solo be dead for a long time. Skywalker is now mentor Jedi and will be there as much as Ben was in Empire.

      • SubSumeYou

        Girl, chill.

      • SubSumeYou

        Girl, chill.

    • Ruprect

      Good. One less person in the line in front of me for the first midnight showing.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      It’s a not a reboot. It’s a sequel. Nothing is being rebooted. Why would you want the universe rebooted? They created an enormous universe and they’ve only told stories during a small segment of time.

      And having an aging Jedi fits the template of the previous two trilogies. Qui Gon to Obi Wan…then Obi Wan to Luke…now Luke to whoever it is.

    • Nintendo Zapper

      When the movie reaches a billion dollars, ask yourself that same question.

      • SubSumeYou

        Ha ha ha Really.

  • Conor

    He’s already in great physical condition. Excellent to see my childhood self’s favourite Star Wars actor doing the, er, opposite of smoking used cigarettes out of trash bins.

    • SubSumeYou

      Where’d you get that, troll?

  • the king of comedy

    It`s great that he`s getting in shape, from the pic it looks like Luke has grown up to be one badass Jedi,I just wish they would stop using those pictures of the star wars cast next to Mickey Mouse and his friends, I`m ok with Disney purchasing Lucas but somehow those images send the wrong message that Disney is not willing to respect the Star Wars mitology, they just look silly, again I know that`s not the case but it`s just not good publicity.

    • nintendo zapper

      It was called Star Tours and Star Wars has been posing next to Disney for a lot longer than just this merger.

  • Joseph M

    Always felt sorry for Hamill post Star Wars. Ford had a sterling career, Fisher had a steady career while Hamill roamed the wilderness getting fat and doing cartoon voice-overs. Here he is, back to being Skywalker in (what’s bound to be) a billion dollar + earner. He’s a nice guy and he deserves it. The circle is complete.

    • Snarky

      I wouldn’t feel sorry for him, from what I’ve read in interviews he discovered that voice-acting is what he really loves to do. I remember specifically in the audio commentary for the Simpsons episode in which he guest starred, they were talking about how Hamill was very excited and brought in other voices that he did for them and wanted to do other voices in that episode other than himself (he also did the voice of the drill sergeant at the bodyguard school). They mentioned how passionate he was about voice-acting.

    • SubSumeYou

      Blame that on the Hollywood system. George dismantled it but the movie studios don’t really know what they’re doing.

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