Every Hollywood star has a franchise or project that will forever be attached to their name, which for Mark Hamill is Star Wars. Not to discredit his other notable works, but for most fans, the actor will always be Luke Skywalker in their hearts.
Hamill currently stars in The Machine alongside Bert Kreischer and director Peter Atencio. Speaking recently with ComicBook, Hamill's co-workers took the chance to share their experience with the legend, noting that the actor's Star Wars stint played a huge role in their careers.
“Oh, yeah,” Kreischer said when asked if he's a Star Wars fan. “I mean, I'm that age. 47 years ago today, Star Wars came out. I'm telling you, that is my guy. That is my guy. And Luke was my hero. You're not five years old going, 'I want to be Han Solo.' When you're 35 you're like, 'Han Solo's pretty badass.'”
Meanwhile, Atencio talked about directing Hamill, “It was surreal. Every day I had to snap myself out of childhood, me who just wanted to worship the ground that he walked on. So it was a dream come true. And he's so humble and so nice. He's everything you can really want Luke Skywalker to be ... Yeah, he's amazing.”
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Mark Hamill’s Stand on His Future in Star Wars
Hamill last played Luke Skywalker in 2017's The Last Jedi before he reprised his role again in The Mandalorian's season 2 finale. Given his impact, many Star Wars fans still want the actor to continue his stint in the franchise, but the actor thinks otherwise.
When I read The Last Jedi's script, I said, 'OK, well, that's it for me,'" he said. "And you start that process of disengaging from something that's been a part of your life." The actor also noted that he was very impressed with The Mandalorian.
"People say, 'Oh, now you're going to be able to do a whole series of Luke post-Return of the Jedi.' I said, 'I don't think so.' First of all, they don't need to tell those stories, but if they do, they could get an age-appropriate actor." Hamill concluded.
In addition to his stand on recasting Luke, the actor also addressed the rumors of him appearing in Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s upcoming Star Wars film, which will mark Daisy Ridley’s return to the franchise.
"One thing you learn working for Lucasfilm: everything is confidential. Everything is confidential So, if I were involved, I wouldn't be able to tell you. And if I were not involved, I wouldn't be able to tell you. So, I don't know. We'll all find out together, I guess." teased the actor.
His answer doesn’t confirm or deny anything, right? So fans can hope it’s the former and that the Star Wars legend will give the million-dollar franchise one more shot before he officially retires.