Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman Revealed
The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Comic-Con: Mad Max: Fury Road Footage Online
And some new images
Comic-Con: Marvel Screens Avengers: Age Of Ultron Footage
Dark times ahead for our heroes
Comic-Con: Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 Release Date Confirmed
James Gunn & co back in July 2017
Comic-Con: Marvel Debuts More Ant-Man Test Footage
Scott Lang goes riding
Lucy Defeats Hercules At The US Box Office
Scarlett Johansson triumphs over Dwayne Johnson
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
21 July 2014
Star Wars: Episode VII Plot Details Revealed?
Could these be the first clues to Abrams' plans?
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Spoiler Podcast Special - Matt Reeves
In-depth discussion of the simian blockbuster
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Star Wars: Episode VII
18 December 2015
The Expendables 3
14 August 2015
Unbroken
26 December 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
12 December 2014
This Is Where I Leave You
12 September 2014
What If
20 August 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)
Empire Star Rating
In Secret (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Two Faces Of January (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Frank (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Tracks (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Mark Hamill Talks Star Wars: Episode VII
'I feel like I was called up by the Selective Service'

06 June 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Orlando Sentinel

submit to reddit

Mark-Hamill-Talks-Episode-VII

When the big announcement finally broke about the first wave of confirmed casting for Star Wars: Episode VII, the world finally realised that after months of speculation, original trilogy stalwarts Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher would indeed return as Luke, Han and Leia. Hamill has opened up to the Orlando Sentinel about his feelings on stepping back into that galaxy far, far away

Rumoured for a while to pick up the lightsaber again, Hamill admits there is definitely demand. “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.” We thought for a moment he meant the Secret Service, but for those unaware, the Selective Service is a US government agency that provides trained and untrained personnel to the department of defence in times of crisis… And surely an interstellar threat qualifies?

Though he admits he was happy to leave his Star Wars days in the past, he did enjoy reconnecting with old friends. “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.”

And he’s certainly been preparing for the role for a while. “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.”

He won’t, however, be spilling any unauthorized secrets from the set. “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.” You can read more from the actor right here.

Hamill will appear in the new film alongside fellow veterans Ford, Fisher, Daniels, Mayhew and Wars newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow. With J.J. Abrams directing, Star Wars: Episode VII will be out on December 18, 2015.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Ike Barinholtz Enters The Nest
He'll star alongside Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
Tom Hardy In Talks For The Revenant
Update: He's confirmed for the revenge Western

Your Comments

More Force Than Forced This Time
This is probably going to be Mark Hamill's last throw of the dice as an actor, I hope he makes the most of it. In Return of the Jedi, I got the feeling he was bored and a little ungrateful, not committing to his performance and sending it up by being insincere. Oliver Stone calls those moments with his actors "Mark Hamill moments" I think he'll appreciate what he has this time and do better. Good luck to him. More

Posted by BenTramer at 17:10 on 09 June 2014 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Models Inc.: The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
How the likes of Batman, Superman and Luke Skywalker become collectible figures

The Empire Podcast #121: Brett Ratner Talks Hercules On This Week's Show
Plus The Purge: Anarchy producer Jason Blum pops in to talk horror

Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Our official verdict on Marvel's latest addition to their cinematic universe

Frank Grillo's Ten Toughest Hollywood Tough Guys
The Purge: Anarchy star picks his favourite badasses

Role By Role With Joel McHale
The star of The Soup and Community on Spider-Man 2 and much more

'I Have The Club But I Didn't Get The Lion's Head'
Dwayne Johnson (and pals) talks Hercules props, action and ancient superheroes

Classic Feature: The Making Of The Silence Of The Lambs
Is this the most frightening movie ever made?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)