‘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.
According to ‘Star Wars 8’ director Rian Johnson, the upcoming sequel will head back to Luke Skywalker’s remote hideout… after all, everyone wants to know exactly what happens next. “I wanted to break a long-standing ‘Star Wars’ tradition.
Appearing at Star Wars Celebration, acting legend Mark Hamill revealed that he’s been recording some dialogue for the upcoming sequel… and it includes some great catchphrases. “I was looping dialogue [for ‘Star Wars 8′] yesterday and I was like, ‘I can already see this on a t-shirt’… there’s so many great lines,” he said. Unfortunately, Hamill wouldn’t give us a snippet of those… even though the fans were obviously keen.
The dancing Stormtroopers from Britain’s Got Talent just got themselves a new fan in Mark Hamill. Boogie Storm pitched up to perform at the official wrap party for ‘Star Wars VIII’ (as yet without suffix), with Luke Skywalker himself posting the video on his Facebook page. The party took place at the Natural History Museum in London, director Rian Johnson having now finished his principle photography on the movie.
Prepare for Mark Hamill to become your favourite person in the world. Because even though he’s been working gruelling hours on ’Star Wars 8′, he’s taken time out from his schedule to meet both 17-year-old Jamie Harkin, who is seriously ill and in remission from Hodgkins Lymphoma, and 2-year-old leukaemia patient Ciaran Murphy. Jamie and Ciaran’s bravery transcends anything that Luke Skywalker, Rey or Finn have been through in the ‘Star Wars’ saga.
Mark Hamill has really taken his Jedi training to heart. The man eternally identified with his alter ego Luke Skywalker does it all quietly (occasionally just with a deep stare) until the press catches on. The tipster behind Hamill’s latest good deed, though, also happens to be the recipient.
Have we finally lost our minds, or is this just two pictures of the same Mark Hamill? The guy on the left is Mark Hamill, the guy on the right is ‘Captain America’ star Sebastian Stan’s face morphed onto a shot of the young Hamill from 'The Empire Strikes Back’. Stan’s likeness to the young Luke Skywalker has been noted in the past, many comparing mugs of the two on Twitter.
There is no try,” Mark Hamill probably said to Daisy Ridley, after persuading her to let him climb on her back like Yoda in a car park. The ‘Star Wars’ veteran dropped this little nugget of brilliance on his Twitter page last night, to celebrate his co-star’s 24th birthday. The original snap is from 'The Empire Strikes Back’, where Yoda trains Luke in the ways of the Force, while strapped to his back.
One that includes Oscar Isaac giving Luke Skywalker bunny ears, too. Firstly, just look how close the ‘Star Wars 8′ cast members are. Not only do Lupita and Mark look like old friends, but the fact that Oscar feels comfortable enough to bunny-ear the latter is enough to even turn Kylo Ren from the dark to the light side.
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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.