Mark Hamill Talks ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Secrecy

Mark Hamill Talks ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Secrecy


Mark Hamill may be out promoting his appearance in the upcoming film Kingsman: The Secret Service, but that doesn’t mean that Star Wars doesn’t pop up in the conversation. After all, he is reprising his role as Luke Skywalker later this year in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He had a few things to say regarding the film and the level of secrecy surrounding this latest foray into the galaxy far, far away.

On those involved in the production of The Force Awakens:

“The most interesting aspect from my point of view is that [Star Wars] is now in the hands of the generation who were fans,” Hamill said. “…It’s the next generation of filmmakers who were sort of weened on these pictures.”

Watch out for those drones!

“You know, the security on it is just crazy,” he continued. “I’m surprised I can even admit I’m in it! …I like being surprised. It’s a whole different era now. When we made the original films, you had the odd reporter hanging around the studio bribing people to give them stories. Now, I said to them, ‘Do I really have to wear this robe and this hood that covers my entire head to go from the trailer to the soundstage?’ They said, ‘Yeah, there’s drones.’ Seriously! There’s drones flying over the studio trying to get pictures of whatever they can get pictures of.”

There were no drones around for the filming of the Original Trilogy, of course, but that doesn’t mean fans didn’t make attempts at spying.

“We had a little of that on ‘Empire Strikes Back,’” Hamill laughed. “We were up in Finse, Norway and [someone] bribed a couple of emergency helicopter pilots that were looking for a couple that were stranded while skiing to buzz-bomb our set and take pictures. They appeared in the newspaper The Sun. They didn’t get much. They had pictures of snowmobiles and they wrote ‘Strange, alien machinery on the set of ‘Star Wars 2′!’ as they called it. It was crazy! It was just snowmobiles with really identifiable logos on the side.”

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Kingsman: The Secret Service opens on February 13.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18.

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1 Comment

  1. Melinda
    January 17, 2015 at 09:24 Reply

    I’m not sure it’s a very positive commentary on people’s insatiable need (I use that word with a touch of humor) to know everything before it happens. Or maybe it’s the odd desire to be FIRST to get some tidbit. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – wait to be surprised. That may sound difficult to do, but it’s possible to achieve. Just ignore the “news” out there. When all is said and done, it isn’t going to matter one iota WHO the person was who “broke” or revealed some crumb about SW (or some other film).

    I, for one, appreciate the secrecy. It’s a shame filmmakers have to go to such lengths, but I’m glad they do. 🙂

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