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Mark Hamill talks about his (possible) involvement in Star Wars VII

Feb. 20, 2013by: Paul Shirey

We haven't heard much from Mark Hamill since his comments about the announcement of the Lucasfilm/Disney merger, but he broke his silence on ETonline, giving us some facts and speculation to keep the STAR WARS: EPISODE VII fires burning.  RETURN OF THE JEDI is my all-time favorite STAR WARS film, largely because I was at the right age (6) to really absorb the franchise and become enamored with it.  Hamill as Luke Skywalker, rocking the black Jedi Knight outfit and green lightsaber became the perfect vision of the hero to me.  So, naturally, it's always good to hear his perspective and I'm hopeful that he returns (and pretty sure he will).  Here's what he had to say to ET:

On his current involvement with the next set of films:

"They're talking to us.  George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts. We're in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed -- on their end, not mine. They're more busy than I am."

On where he'd like to see the franchise go:

"I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous – in my opinion, anyway. And another thing I'd want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that's around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody's on board here, rather than just one. I guess I'll have to tune into your show to figure out who's on board."

On where Luke Skywalker's story may pick up:

"I'm assuming, because I haven't talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring -- like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. … When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there's a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she's your sister – I thought, 'Well, I'm going to wind up like Sir Alec [Guinness]. I'm going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.'"

On CGI and practical effects:

"I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings -- I'm sort of old school. I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that's unfortunate. … If they listen to me at all, it'll be, 'Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.'"

On the idea of standalone films:

"That's really smart. Then you're more like James Bond pictures, where they come out and it's not an investment of a three-movie arc. … It's so rich, that [Star Wars] universe, in terms of quirkiness and oddball [nature]. We would talk about that [on the original film's set]. We'd go like, 'That little band that's playing in the Cantina, what's their story?! I mean, are they a traveling band? Are they the house band? Who's their manager?' They didn't have names when we first were talking about them. Now they're called, like, Sy Snootles – they come up with names down the road when they have to name toys."

On what spinoff film he'd like to see happen:

"Oh, I don't know, set it on the Wookiee planet -- although that might be prohibitively expensive with that many Wookiees," he says with some resignation. After a little more thought, he muses, "That's what I would love. You pick the most insignificant little [character] – there's this little hawk-beaked character that's somewhere in Jabba's palace, I can't even remember what function he served -- but that's what I would think. You pick something that almost nobody remembers or knows about -- and then have a movie about him! You could probably put about 500 different character's names on a big, giant dart board, throw a dart, and say, 'Okay, wherever it lands we've got to make him the central character.'"

And, finally, he adds with a laugh:

"I hope we don't overstay our welcome."

I'm beyond stoked to see the next evolution of STAR WARS and having the old (literally) gang back would be icing on the cake.  I know there is some trepidation, but that's to be expected.  On the whole, I think STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is going to be a tremendous film and one that truly opens up the doors to the next generation of STAR WARS fans. 

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is slated to hit sometime in 2015 (but, probably 2016). Hamill can next be seen in SUSHI GIRL, which hits DVD and Blu-ray this week.

Extra Tidbit: How would you like to see Luke Skywalker portrayed in the next installment: Jedi Master Leader or Old man mentor?
Source: ET Online

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8:34AM on 02/22/2013

terrible idea!!

>> We'd go like, 'That little band that's playing in the Cantina, what's their story?! I mean, are they a traveling band? Are they the house band? Who's their manager?'
>> We'd go like, 'That little band that's playing in the Cantina, what's their story?! I mean, are they a traveling band? Are they the house band? Who's their manager?'
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12:41PM on 02/21/2013

WHAT ABOUT CARRIE FISCHER? SHE'S HUGE....

Ok so we know that these guys are getting much much older and that should all fit into episode 7's story. Harrison Ford has aged gracefully and should fit into his Han Solo with no problems. Mark Hamill didn't so much age so gracefully and just doesn't look like a jedi master at all but more like someone who's been eating cheeto's and bon bon's for the last 30 years, maybe not that bad but he doesn't look like one who has trained for even 6 months and he's supposed to be a jedi master now? On
Ok so we know that these guys are getting much much older and that should all fit into episode 7's story. Harrison Ford has aged gracefully and should fit into his Han Solo with no problems. Mark Hamill didn't so much age so gracefully and just doesn't look like a jedi master at all but more like someone who's been eating cheeto's and bon bon's for the last 30 years, maybe not that bad but he doesn't look like one who has trained for even 6 months and he's supposed to be a jedi master now? On the other hand I can see where a little training and some movie magic will get him looking the part in no time. Now, the big problem I see and one that I haven't seen anyone mention yet but it's been on my mind since they announced the movie, Carrie Fischer...... What can we possibly do with her? No way are we going to say that Carrie Fischer is still married to Han Solo, they look like such opposites it's scary. She was sooo hot back in the day, I mean if I had a time machine and 1 wish it would be to go back in time and hook up with Carrie Fischer, yuuum!! But alas time has not been good to her. She has blown up over the years to whale size companion and then she shrunk some and got big again and now I think she's down to a reasonable weight for someone her age but just how will she fit into the movies? Will her and Han still be together because if they are it would look like Abbot and Costello as a couple. IDK what does everyone else think about this?? They could do some movie magic on her but to what extent? Could you imagine telling Carrie Fischer "were gonna use you as Leia but your gonna have to wear this full green suit, yes and hood as well"? Please someone help me out.....I love I do and I definitely want her in the movie but how? For gods sake how???
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12:35PM on 02/21/2013

WHAT ABOUT CARRIE FISCHER? SHE'S HUGE....

Ok so we know that these guys are getting much much older and that should all fit into episode 7's story. Harrison Ford has aged gracefully and should fit into his Han Solo with no problems. Mark Hamill didn't so much age so gracefully and just doesn't look like a jedi master at all but more like someone who's been eating cheeto's and bon bon's for the last 30 years, maybe not that bad but he doesn't look like one who has trained for even 6 months and he's supposed to be a jedi master now? On
Ok so we know that these guys are getting much much older and that should all fit into episode 7's story. Harrison Ford has aged gracefully and should fit into his Han Solo with no problems. Mark Hamill didn't so much age so gracefully and just doesn't look like a jedi master at all but more like someone who's been eating cheeto's and bon bon's for the last 30 years, maybe not that bad but he doesn't look like one who has trained for even 6 months and he's supposed to be a jedi master now? On the other hand I can see where a little training and some movie magic will get him looking the part in no time. Now, the big problem I see and one that I haven't seen anyone mention yet but it's been on my mind since they announced the movie, Carrie Fischer...... What can we possibly do with her? No way are we going to say that Carrie Fischer is still married to Han Solo, they look like such opposites it's scary. She was sooo hot back in the day, I mean if I had a time machine and 1 wish it would be to go back in time and hook up with Carrie Fischer, yuuum!! But alas time has not been good to her. She has blown up over the years to whale size companion and then she shrunk some and got big again and now I think she's down to a reasonable weight for someone her age but just how will she fit into the movies? Will her and Han still be together because if they are it would look like Abbot and Costello as a couple. IDK what does everyone else think about this?? They could do some movie magic on her but to what extent? Could you imagine telling Carrie Fischer "were gonna use you as Leia but your gonna have to wear this full green suit, yes and hood as well"? Please someone help me out.....I love I do and I definitely want her in the movie but how? For gods sake how???
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12:27PM on 02/21/2013

WHAT ABOUT CARRIE FISCHER? SHE'S HUGE....

Ok so we know that these guys are getting much much older and that should all fit into episode 7's story. Harrison Ford has aged gracefully and should fit into his Han Solo with no problems. Mark Hamill didn't so much age so gracefully and just doesn't look like a jedi master at all but more like someone who's been eating cheeto's and bon bon's for the last 30 years, maybe not that bad but he doesn't look like one who has trained for even 6 months and he's supposed to be a jedi master now? On
Ok so we know that these guys are getting much much older and that should all fit into episode 7's story. Harrison Ford has aged gracefully and should fit into his Han Solo with no problems. Mark Hamill didn't so much age so gracefully and just doesn't look like a jedi master at all but more like someone who's been eating cheeto's and bon bon's for the last 30 years, maybe not that bad but he doesn't look like one who has trained for even 6 months and he's supposed to be a jedi master now? On the other hand I can see where a little training and some movie magic will get him looking the part in no time. Now, the big problem I see and one that I haven't seen anyone mention yet but it's been on my mind since they announced the movie, Carrie Fischer...... What can we possibly do with her? No way are we going to say that Carrie Fischer is still married to Han Solo, they look like such opposites it's scary. She was sooo hot back in the day, I mean if I had a time machine and 1 wish it would be to go back in time and hook up with Carrie Fischer, yuuum!! But alas time has not been good to her. She has blown up over the years to whale size companion and then she shrunk some and got big again and now I think she's down to a reasonable weight for someone her age but just how will she fit into the movies? Will her and Han still be together because if they are it would look like Abbot and Costello as a couple. IDK what does everyone else think about this?? They could do some movie magic on her but to what extent? Could you imagine telling Carrie Fischer "were gonna use you as Leia but your gonna have to wear this full green suit, yes and hood as well"? Please someone help me out.....I love I do and I definitely want her in the movie but how? For gods sake how???
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11:38PM on 02/20/2013
I want to see Luke as a Jedi Master of his own academy and the Sith attacking it and having him go down in a blaze of glory kicking all kinds of ass before he dies.
I want to see Luke as a Jedi Master of his own academy and the Sith attacking it and having him go down in a blaze of glory kicking all kinds of ass before he dies.
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10:54PM on 02/20/2013
CGI is fantastic tech when you need to rely on something practical can't acomplish. Other than that, I prefer the good ol' props and animatronics/puppets. I'm not surprised by Hamil's comments either, considering he's a nerd fanboy too not only with SW but Joker as well. I think he hears the fans and understands them because he is one himself. This is what is missing in the industry.
CGI is fantastic tech when you need to rely on something practical can't acomplish. Other than that, I prefer the good ol' props and animatronics/puppets. I'm not surprised by Hamil's comments either, considering he's a nerd fanboy too not only with SW but Joker as well. I think he hears the fans and understands them because he is one himself. This is what is missing in the industry.
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9:43PM on 02/20/2013

Mark's on the money

Great interview and great thoughts. Even if they give him 40% of his wishes it'll be a great film. More real sets, models etc is the way to go. And as for Skywalker, he couldn't be anything but a Jedi Master by now!
Great interview and great thoughts. Even if they give him 40% of his wishes it'll be a great film. More real sets, models etc is the way to go. And as for Skywalker, he couldn't be anything but a Jedi Master by now!
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9:43PM on 02/20/2013
Mark Hamill, I love everything you just said.
Mark Hamill, I love everything you just said.
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5:52PM on 02/20/2013
"Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks."

AMEN master Luke.. AMEN to that
"Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks."

AMEN master Luke.. AMEN to that
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3:57PM on 02/20/2013
I know for a fact they won't touch the EU, but it's really too bad. There is some amazing stuff (in some of the books), especially with Luke Skywalker starting his own Jedi Academy. He has no real guidance - hell, he barely trained as a Jedi before he became the last one. So he has to make up his own traditions and methods of teachings. One of his students goes dark, and he has to deal with the fact that he was responsible because he was essentially a first-time teacher who didn't really know
I know for a fact they won't touch the EU, but it's really too bad. There is some amazing stuff (in some of the books), especially with Luke Skywalker starting his own Jedi Academy. He has no real guidance - hell, he barely trained as a Jedi before he became the last one. So he has to make up his own traditions and methods of teachings. One of his students goes dark, and he has to deal with the fact that he was responsible because he was essentially a first-time teacher who didn't really know what he was doing.

Good stuff. I know they won't use it, which is too bad. I just don't want them to just make him the "weird old mentor" guy. Luke isn't Obi-Wan - Luke is smarter than Obi-Wan, and less passive.
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12:35PM on 02/21/2013
Luke is smarter than Obi-Wan?? What? I don't know about that bud...Obi-Wan's been through it man. Obi-Wan has beaten guys that were way way stronger than him by using his intellect and not letting his ego drive him. Obi-Wan has been through all the old way teachings from a child and became a Master which with he has trained others. Very nerdy comment but lets be real here bud, Obi-Wan is the man! Skywalker is different than Obi-Wan but in no way smarter, I don't even know how you came to that
Luke is smarter than Obi-Wan?? What? I don't know about that bud...Obi-Wan's been through it man. Obi-Wan has beaten guys that were way way stronger than him by using his intellect and not letting his ego drive him. Obi-Wan has been through all the old way teachings from a child and became a Master which with he has trained others. Very nerdy comment but lets be real here bud, Obi-Wan is the man! Skywalker is different than Obi-Wan but in no way smarter, I don't even know how you came to that conclusion.
3:32PM on 02/20/2013
fuck yeah retro effects.
fuck yeah retro effects.
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3:31PM on 02/20/2013
I'm neutral on this, because I don't know how it will be, but I wish the new Star Wars movies wouldn't have any of the original characters back. That they would just tell a completely new and different story.
I'm neutral on this, because I don't know how it will be, but I wish the new Star Wars movies wouldn't have any of the original characters back. That they would just tell a completely new and different story.
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3:13PM on 02/20/2013

ET: Definitely Old Man Mentor who still kicks ass

Some great comments from Mark and in line with what I was thinking. I'd love to see him as head of the Jedi Council, trying to avoid making the same mistakes Yoda and Mace did with a young, hotshot Jedi. I'd also love to see what kind of mayhem Jedi Master Luke Skywalker could unleash!
Some great comments from Mark and in line with what I was thinking. I'd love to see him as head of the Jedi Council, trying to avoid making the same mistakes Yoda and Mace did with a young, hotshot Jedi. I'd also love to see what kind of mayhem Jedi Master Luke Skywalker could unleash!
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2:38PM on 02/20/2013

Against all odds...

I don't hate it. The idea of Luke serving as a Kenobi-esque figure in the future films wouldn't feel shoehorned in like I was afraid so much of this material might. I don't think you need everyone. Personally, I don't want to see a 65 year old Han Solo. But Luke could fit into these films very organically. Here's to hoping.

Also, Despite what George Lucas and James Cameron would have you believe, CGI is always obvious. It makes a film lack consequence and deteriorates a viewer's emotional
I don't hate it. The idea of Luke serving as a Kenobi-esque figure in the future films wouldn't feel shoehorned in like I was afraid so much of this material might. I don't think you need everyone. Personally, I don't want to see a 65 year old Han Solo. But Luke could fit into these films very organically. Here's to hoping.

Also, Despite what George Lucas and James Cameron would have you believe, CGI is always obvious. It makes a film lack consequence and deteriorates a viewer's emotional investment. Did anyone care when the CGI Gungans were killing and being killed by the CGI battle bots in Ep. 1? No. It was like watching a cartoon. But most everyone cared about watching the Ewoks get torn up in ROJ, and conceptually they weren't empiracally better characters, they just seemed more real to the viewer.
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12:41PM on 02/21/2013
OMG Episode 2 was the worst!! The CGI was terrible when they were in that big battle at the end right before Skywalker and Obi-Wan faced off against Dooku. The clones looked like they were directly from the cartoon The Clone Wars. If anyone has the time take another look at those scenes esp. when Yoda is talking with the army of clones in front of him, its comical....it kinda made me a little angry that they even allowed that in the film.
OMG Episode 2 was the worst!! The CGI was terrible when they were in that big battle at the end right before Skywalker and Obi-Wan faced off against Dooku. The clones looked like they were directly from the cartoon The Clone Wars. If anyone has the time take another look at those scenes esp. when Yoda is talking with the army of clones in front of him, its comical....it kinda made me a little angry that they even allowed that in the film.
1:53PM on 02/22/2013
Agree about Luke and Han. Disagree about CGI. Case in point is Gollum. He was an effective CGI character. I think problem isn't CGI, its how well it's done. Just as other forms of art, it's not the medium it's the use of the medium that determines it's effectiveness.
Agree about Luke and Han. Disagree about CGI. Case in point is Gollum. He was an effective CGI character. I think problem isn't CGI, its how well it's done. Just as other forms of art, it's not the medium it's the use of the medium that determines it's effectiveness.
1:47PM on 02/20/2013
Considering he made horrible decisions with his acting career, he sounded pretty on point and logical for the direction of movies and storylines in general. I liked the "CGI makes movies look like a giant video game" comment.
Considering he made horrible decisions with his acting career, he sounded pretty on point and logical for the direction of movies and storylines in general. I liked the "CGI makes movies look like a giant video game" comment.
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5:32PM on 02/20/2013
Actually he is one of the most respected voice actors in the business right now so as far as I'm concerned he has had a brilliant career with integrity which is more than most people get.
Actually he is one of the most respected voice actors in the business right now so as far as I'm concerned he has had a brilliant career with integrity which is more than most people get.
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1:17PM on 02/20/2013
See, leave it to Luke Skywalker himself to know exactly what the fans want.
See, leave it to Luke Skywalker himself to know exactly what the fans want.
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1:13PM on 02/20/2013

TIDBIT

Old man mentor... who can still kick some ass when he needs to.
Old man mentor... who can still kick some ass when he needs to.
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12:55PM on 02/20/2013

salacious crumb

that little hawk-beaked fella in jabba's palace was salacious crumb. i would be shocked if there wasn't already a backstory for him somewhere...
that little hawk-beaked fella in jabba's palace was salacious crumb. i would be shocked if there wasn't already a backstory for him somewhere...
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1:50PM on 02/20/2013
He is jabbas love slave
He is jabbas love slave
2:09PM on 02/20/2013
I remember having a book when I was a kid called "Tales from Jabba's Palace". It was a collection of short stories and there was one that focused on Salacious Crumb. I think it gave a back story and then detailed up until Jabba's death.
I remember having a book when I was a kid called "Tales from Jabba's Palace". It was a collection of short stories and there was one that focused on Salacious Crumb. I think it gave a back story and then detailed up until Jabba's death.
10:14PM on 02/21/2013
nerd alert - yes, he must make jabba laugh once a day every day, or he will be eaten.
nerd alert - yes, he must make jabba laugh once a day every day, or he will be eaten.
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12:49PM on 02/20/2013
I wouldn't mind seeing a cool uncle Luke. Helping the kids hide shit from the parents or getting them into hijinks and adventures, lol
I wouldn't mind seeing a cool uncle Luke. Helping the kids hide shit from the parents or getting them into hijinks and adventures, lol
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12:29PM on 02/20/2013

"Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks." YES!!

Yes! Thank you Mark Hamill! Great to hear someone in Hollywood talking sense again. I love CGI, but there is nothing more greater looking than models blended in with CGI. Seeing "Titanic" last year in 3D proved this still. The sinking of the model ship still looks amazing and has a perfect blend of texture with CGI. Models give that texture and depth feel that CGI sometimes misses.
Yes! Thank you Mark Hamill! Great to hear someone in Hollywood talking sense again. I love CGI, but there is nothing more greater looking than models blended in with CGI. Seeing "Titanic" last year in 3D proved this still. The sinking of the model ship still looks amazing and has a perfect blend of texture with CGI. Models give that texture and depth feel that CGI sometimes misses.
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