He’s one of the trio of actors that formed the backbone of the Star Wars franchise, but it didn’t stop Mark Hamill from feeling more than a little trepidation about revisiting his beloved character Luke Skywalker.
In a new interview with The New York Times, the 66-year-old recalled that he and the late Carrie Fisher were invited to lunch by George Lucas in 2012, where he asked them if they would be a part of the new trilogy of movies. But while Fisher agreed almost immediately, Hamill was much less enthusiastic:
“I was just really scared. I thought, why mess with it? The idea of catching lightning in a bottle twice was ridiculously remote…No one wants to see the 50-, 60-, 70-year-old versions of us, running around, bumping heads on the Death Star. It’s sad.”
And while he hoped that his co-star Harrison Ford would reject a return – “He’s too old and too rich and too cranky. He’s not going to do this.” – his hopes were dashed when Ford agreed to come back. “Can you imagine if I was the only one to say no? I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom.”
Hamill ended up being the (SPOILER ALERT) final reveal in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (see our review). Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in Singapore on December 15, where Hamill will definitely play a much bigger role.