Mark Hamill Is Worried About STAR WARS VII Spoilers
Earlier today Mark Hamill took part in a Reddit AMA where he fielded all manner of questions from his favorite soup, what it was like to voice The Joker, and how he feels about the impact the original trilogy of Star Wars has had on pop culture. Most of the actor’s replies were well thought out answers and memories from his time on Batman: The Animated Series and Star Wars, but he didn’t reveal anything major. Later on he did let loose a few interesting tidbits about how he feels regarding certain aspects of Star Wars Episode VII though.
Hamill dodged most of the Star Wars VII questions and would neither confirm nor deny his involvement, but he did say he was excited to see what happens. When asked about Carrie Fisher’s comments that her, Harrison Ford, and Hamill would all be reprising their roles, the only thing the actor would say is that “The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn’t stopped beeping about it.” The closest he got to an Episode VII question regarding Luke Skywalker was whether or not he thinks the Jedi hero should have a beard. While he says it’s not official, he did share his personal thoughts:
Well based on what has gone before, I have a feeling it’s beard, but I have no confirmation of that. My wife said if you grow a beard, you’ll cover up your cleft chin. That’s not something that occurred to me. But I can only guess. I’ve never read any of the novelizations or anything but someone said to me, ‘you’re married, you have children.’ Based on Obi-Wan I would have guessed I’d be living in an igloo or something. He was more spiritual, he didn’t have a wife or children. And when you find out one of the only eligible women in the galaxy is your sister, it really cuts down on your odds of hooking up with anyone. But that’s not what these movies are about. The charm of the trilogy is it appeals to the child in all of us. It goes back to playing in your backyard. It’s very primal, it’s good versus evil, a high sense of adventure.
The actor did have one negative thing to say about Star Wars VII, but that was a compliant he leveled only at the internet. Hamill hates spoilers and wishes that things wouldn’t leak about the upcoming film. He finds it disheartening that people are even going after the film’s casting sheets. Said the actor when asked how hard it was to keep the secret that Darth Vader was his father:
Irvin Kirshner brought me aside, and said “I know this, George knows this, and you’ll be the third person who knows. If it goes out we’ll know you leaked it.” So i was terrified of being the one to ruin it. I remember when they screened it, Harrison turned around and said “I didn’t know that! Why the f*&^ didn’t you tell me?!”
Im good at keeping secrets. Especially when the goal it to maximize the enjoyment of the audience. That’s why I’m worried about episode 7, they’re going after casting sheets! I’m someone who doesn’t want to know what I’m getting for my birthday. My sisters would go through the closets at xmas, and i hated that.
Im trying to keep the surprises for the movies, not for the internet. I hate spoilers, I like being surprised. There’s a natural curiosity, and a competition to see who can reveal the most. I beg people, please lets keep it a surprise! Don’t you want to be surprised? I know I do.
While it’s easy to understand where Hamill is coming from in his aversion to spoilers, fans seem eager to read about any morsel of Episode VII news sites can get their hands on. J.J. Abrams super-secretive nature doesn’t help things out. Now that we’re nearing closer to the start of filming, hopefully Disney will start making official announcements to reign in those insatiable appetites. What do you think about Hamill’s comments?
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Source : Reddit