Mark Hamill Talks 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Spoilers, Reunion & More
by Ethan Anderton
June 6, 2014
While Mark Hamill may have been in London for a table read for Star Wars: Episode VII when most of the principal cast was announced (two new additions were recently revealed), the actor doesn't seem to be needed extensively on the set, because he had time to make a debut appearance at Star Wars Weekends in Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida over the weekend. Hamill took some time to talk about his return as Luke Skywalker, and while he didn't offer any information about his story or where the character is 30 years later, he did urge the avoidance of spoilers, and their desire to keep surprises for the new movie.
If you're wondering how Hamill, who has been seen out of shape before now, is looking for the film, this photo should help your imagination run wild, especially with that trimmed goatee (via Inside the Magic):
And here's video of his appearance down in Orlando, Florida at the theme park too (via Disney):
Speaking to the Orlando Sentinel, Hamill said, "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." So it sounds like Hamill hasn't been too busy on set, which implies that maybe they aren't shooting his scenes yet, or that he doesn't have all that big of a role in the film at all. Anyway, Hamill also talked about the difference between making Star Wars today, and the original trilogy back in the late 70s and early 80s. The actor said:
"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."
As for his return to a galaxy far, far away, it sounds like a reunion of the original saga cast was something to behold. Hamill says, "I hadn't seen Tony Daniels or Carrie [Fisher] or Harrison [Ford] or Peter Mayhew in ages. It 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." We're sure fans are a little more enthusiastic than they would be if they just found $20, but there's a long time to go before we see the film, let alone a teaser trailer, so stay tuned for more.