Mark Hamill reveals why he returned to Star Wars

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Luke Skywalker’s screen time might’ve been brief in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Mark Hamill is set to have a much more significant role in The Last Jedi. Hamill didn’t immediately leap at the chance to make another Star Wars movie, however.

In a New York Times interview, Hamill revealed that he initially feared that the sequel trilogy would never be able to compete with the original.

“I was just really scared,” the actor stated. “I thought, ‘Why mess with it?’ The idea of catching lightning in a bottle twice was ridiculously remote.

“No one wants to see the 50-, 60-, 70-year-old versions of us, running around, bumping heads on the Death Star. It’s sad.”

So why did Hamill sign on? Apparently it was because of Harrison Ford.

“[I thought,] ‘He’s too old and too rich and too cranky. He’s not going to do this’,” Hamill said, adding that he originally thought the Han Solo star would turn down the opportunity to return to the franchise.

“Can you imagine if I was the only one to say no? I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom,” he added.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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