A bizarre video of Mark Hamill is circulating on Twitter. A fan account called @HamillMania shared a baffling 56-second reel of the actor, circa “Empire Strikes Back,” singing in German and prancing around a stage meant to mimic outer space in full disco glam, complete with platform boots and sleeves so wide, they could be eagle wings.
‘Star Wars’ legend Mark Hamill has shared what’s thought to be the first ever image of him as the iconic Luke Skywalker. Hamill, who’s a keen user of social media (largely Instagram and Twitter), posted the photo of him on the Tunisian set of 1977’s ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ (as it became known). Posting to his Instagram and Twitter accounts – both @hamillhimself – the actor described the image and how it was “perhaps” the first ever snap of him in character.
His Star Wars crew apparently didn’t think much of this strange then-new sci-fi project, but Mark Hamill was duly impressed enough to hang on to a photo that the actor now suspects might be the first shot of him in character as Luke Skywalker. “Taken in Tunisia early morning Day #1 waiting for my 1st shot (emerging from home for robot auction),” Hamill tweeted today. “Perhaps the very 1st #LukePic.” Asked by a Twitter follower what he was thinking when the snapshot was…
Mark Hamill has long been a defender of George Lucas’s prequel trilogy, and 18 years after the release of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, he still takes the insults personally. In an interview with Vulture at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was promoting his comedy Brigsby Bear, the man who plays Luke Skywalker said that he still can’t fathom the vitriol directed at the films. In particular, Hamill said, he’s “still angry” about the criticism directed at young Phantom Menace star Jake Lloyd.
Mark Hamill in The Force Awakens. No one understands fan culture on the same level as Mark Hamill. The Star Wars hero, who will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the upcoming Episode VIII, holds a unique position as both the object of fan idolization and an avid, dyed-in-the-wool pop-culture obsessive.
Fans were left hanging at the end of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” as Rey hands Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, his old lightsaber. “I haven’t seen this thing in years,” an astonished Hamill says in the video (above). Brandon Alinger of Prop Store LA brought the original movie prop from his personal collection to Hamill’s show.
The ‘Star Wars’ icon told ET that he was “blissfully unaware” of the fling, and he’s happy about that.
As part of J.J. Abrams’ “Force for Change” initiative, fans can donate to 15 charitable causes and win a chance to meet the cast at the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (opening in theaters on December 18). Of course, a few lucky Hollywood Boulevard pedestrians have already met Luke Skywalker — but as this video shows, they had no idea it was him. “The last time anybody saw me in a Stormtrooper outfit was when we rescued the princess on the Death Star,” Hamill points out.
The fate of Luke Skywalker has been the subject of much fevered discussion among Star Wars fans as the release of The Force Awakens looms. While Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have been prominently featured in the promotion of the new film, Mark Hamill has been conspicuously absent.
Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (Disney/Lucasfilm) The Force is officially with Daniel. On Thursday, an unfinished cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was screened for Daniel Fleetwood, a 32-year-old Houston resident and fervent fan of the franchise who’s dying from a rare form of cancer. Given two months to live by doctors in July, Fleetwood feared that he would succumb to his disease before The Force Awakens’ Dec. 18 release date. His wife Ashley began a campaign using the hashtag #ForceForDaniel, and it quickly went viral, with fellow fans and even some Star Wars actors advocating for Fleetwood to see the long-awaited sequel while he was still strong enough to watch.
Mark Hamill in ‘Star Wars.’ At the time this scene was filmed, his character’s name was still Luke Starkiller. He got the role in a little movie called Star Wars, but midway through shooting, his character’s name was changed to Skywalker.
Mark Hamill in the original ‘Star Wars’ (Lucasfilm) Mark Hamill wants to set the record straight on his most famous Star Wars blooper. In the original 1977 film, after Luke Skywalker returns from destroying the Death Star, he emerges from his X-Wing fighter and runs into Princess Leia’s arms. Leia (Carrie Fisher) joyfully shouts, “Luke!” And in response, Luke (Hamill) appears to shout out his co-star’s real name: “Carrie!” Then they both break down in happy laughter. This week, the scene appeared as part of a Screenrant video called “10 Movie Outtakes That Made It To the Big Screen.” But when a fan asked Hamill about his flub on Twitter yesterday, the actor’s response was unequivocal: He never said “Carrie.” Watch the ‘Star Wars’ scene in which Mark Hamill allegedly shouts ‘Carrie!’ — or does he?
One year from now, Mark Hamill will return to movie theaters in the role that made him an icon. In the meantime, fans eagerly awaiting the debut of the elder Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens can catch Hamill’s performance as another beloved big-screen wizened elder. The actor stars opposite Jim Parsons in Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, NBC’s delightful stop-motion animated musical based on the 2003 Will Ferrell film and the Broadway show it inspired.