Mark Hamill On STAR WARS VII Expectations And His New Look
We’ve gotten a handful of set photos and a nearly complete cast list for Disney and director J.J. Abrams‘ next installment in the Star Wars franchise, the as of now untitled Star Wars: Episode VII. We don’t know anything about the film’s story, though some are trying to connect dots with what we know about the cast, and it doesn’t seem like that will change anytime soon. One man who is willing to at least talk a little about the movie and his place in the phenom is Mark Hamill. The actor recently chatted with the Orlando Sentinel ahead of a special appearance at Disney World. The man behind Luke Skywalker and the voice of The Joker talked about fans’ expectation for the new Star Wars movie and what he has been doing to prepare for his big role.
When asked about the attempt at uncovering spoilers and pieces of the plot for the new movie, Hamill said he understands the evolution of people’s interest in movies thanks to the internet, but he hopes some of the bigger surprises are able to be secret until the premiere. He told the site, “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.“
Hamill also touched on coming back to the series, the preparation for playing Luke again, and what it is like seeing the old cast one more time:
Look, I’m aware that a lot of people don’t care one way or another [if I'm back], 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.
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.
The man that destroyed the Death Star also recognized that no matter what this new movie becomes, it won’t please everyone. He raised one concern he has, saying “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.” Whether that fear becomes a reality remains to be seen. You can read the full interview with the actor by clicking the source link below. Hamill‘s trip to the magical land of Florida also gave us a photo that provides a good indication of what he will look like in the film. We knew he was growing a nice Ben Kenobi-like beard, but now we get to see just how much weight Hamill has shed for the role. It’s been said he’s lost up to 40 pounds, but there’s really no telling one way or the other. He does look pretty good though. What do you think about the actor’s comments?
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Source : Orlando Sentinel