Mark Hamill is hard at work getting ready to don his lightsaber and return to Jedi duty in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, but that doesn’t mean he can’t stop and chat with a reporter or two along the way. Hamill recently spoke with The Orlando Sentinel, revealing some choice quotes (and one cool photo) about the upcoming film and the beloved series in general.
The actor says that returning to the role that made him famous was essentially a no-brainer, because he was sure if he didn’t, the hard-core fans wouldn’t have been happy:
“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.”
Speaking of unhappy fans, Hamill appears to have no illusions about everyone gushing over the new trilogy.
“You don’t have to love them, but I am surprised sometimes at how vehemently they get if they’re not satisfied, which is scary. I have this feeling that no matter what we do there’s going to be a faction that really is disappointed. You just can’t live up to that. Any kind of reunion type endeavor, whatever it is… you can never go home again.”
When asked about his preparation for the part, he offered up the following:
“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.”
We can see that he’s already started working out in this promotional picture, which was taken for Hamill’s appearance at the Disney World Star Wars Weekend, running today through Sunday. Hamill may look more like a grizzled Ben Kenobi than the fresh-faced country boy who brought down the Empire in the original trilogy, but there’s no denying that we’re geeking out about seeing him with a lightsaber in his hand.
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