Above you will see the first image of Mark Hamill playing with a lightsaber in preparation for his return as Luke Skywalker, and as production gets under way for JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, Hamill has been catapulted back to the limelight. Fans have been eager to see how Hamill will look swishing his lightsaber around once more, and if you check out the above image and below image and video, I am sure you’ll agree that Luke Skywalker himself is looking very trim.
Clearly Hamill has been looking after himself, and has certainly lost a lot of weight as he prepares to return to the role that made him a household name. As he prepares for the big Star Wars reunion with Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, Hamill has also revealed some details on getting ready for the film, meeting with his old Star Wars pals and begging fans to avoid spoilers.
Orlando Sentinel interviewed the Jedi, and below you will find some of his responses:
Hamill firstly expressed how he was happy 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.”
Now that he is back in Star Wars: Episode VII, he described how he prepared for the big return of Luke Skywalker, and seeing his old pals once again:
“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.”
“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.”
He then went on to say how fan reaction, and a sense of duty, is what motivated him to return:
“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 revealed that his knowledge of the Star Wars universe is nowhere near what it should be, and that fans know much more than he does:
“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.”
He touched on the info hungry world of today’s movies, and begged fans not to spoil the films surprises by searching out spoilers:
“This is a whole different world … The first one, no one cared. The second one there was a lot of interest, but it was before the Internet. … I tell people we’re not trying to annoy you or tease you or play some massive game. Basically what the goal is to keep the surprises for the movie instead of spoiling them on the Internet”
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.