Mark Hamill was recently interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel, and he shared his thoughts on Disney, fans, spoilers (timely, considering the leaks), his impressive career as a voice-actor, and – of course! – Star Wars.
You can read the interview in its entirety on the Orlando Sentinel website, but here are some highlights regarding Star Wars, past and present, and his continued role within the Saga:
On his place in the “Star Wars” past: “In my mind, there was a beginning, and a middle and an end for me and my association with George’s triology. It was firmly in the past. When the prequels came out, I watched from a distance, but I was totally fine.”
On preparing for “Star Wars VII”: “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.”
On “Star Wars” 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 the goal is to keep the surprises for the movie instead of spoiling them on the Internet.”
On George Lucas’ vision for the characters: “He always liked the idea of seeing the original characters as elderly characters.”
On saying yes to “Star Wars VII”: “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.”
On reuniting: “I hadn’t seen Tony Daniels or Carrie [Fisher] or Harrison [Ford] or Peter Mayhew in ages. I[t] 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.”
On fandom: “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.”
On Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm: I think he [George Lucas] really feels a great relief of passing this property into the right hands. I[t] couldn’t be more exciting even nominally [being] a part of the Disney family.”
Thanks to CWK blogger Joe Taylor for the tip!
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