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Mark Hamill talks Star Wars: Episode VII

Luke Skywalker speaks about returning to the franchise 30 years later.

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Mark Hamill may be known more for his voice work in recent times, but his biggest role was undoubtedly playing Luke Skywalker. Fans were clambering for the return of Hamill and his fellow original trilogy stars, and were delighted when they were announced months ago. Now Hamill is talking about his return.

Speaking to the Orlando Sentinel, Hamill said the he felt like he had an obligation to return. “Look, I’m aware that a lot of people don’t care one way or another, 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.”

Hamill had been happy to leave Star Wars in the past, but was happy to reconnect with his co-stars. “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.”

He has been in deep preparation to step back into the galaxy far, far away. “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.”

Hamill certainly shares his director, J.J. Abrams, enthusiasm for keeping plot points secret. “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.”

Star Wars: Episode VII releases on December 18, 2015.

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