If your a Star Wars enthusiast like my self then your fully aware that filming of Episode VII got under way in May and though a lot has been made about Harrison Ford’s return as Han Solo, lets not forget that Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker, is also coming back.
Mark Hamill became famous for playing the role of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy and in recent years has become better known for his voice over work, most notably his work as the voice of the Joker.
In an recent interview Mark Hamill talked about Star Wars then and now. One of the questions was his thoughts on Disney now owning the Star Wars Universe.
“I think George Lucas really feels a great relief of passing this property into the right hands. I couldn’t be more exciting even nominally a part of the Disney family.”
When asked about why he agreed to return, Mr. Hamil seems fully aware of his place in Star Wars history, at least when it comes to the legion of fans.
“I’m aware that a lot of people don’t care one way or another, but for 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.”
Mark also commented about his reunion with his co-stars from the original trilogy.
“I hadn’t seen Tony Daniels or Carrie or Harrison or Peter Mayhew in ages. It 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.”
Hamill himself has not watched any of the original trilogy since they were originally in the theaters and gave his thoughts on the fandom surrounding Star Wars.
“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.”
You can click here Orlando Sentinel if you wish to read the entire interview.