Mark Hamill said he was ‘sus­pi­cious’ of JJ Abrams

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE - BY LIND­SEY BAHR

Mark Hamill knew he had to say “yes” when Ge­orge Lu­cas told him about the plans to move for­ward with a new “Star Wars” tril­ogy.

“It’s not like a choice. It’s like I was drafted,” Hamill told a mas­sive crowd Satur­day night at Star Wars Cel­e­bra­tion of his de­ci­sion to reprise his role as Luke Sky­walker in the “Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens.”

“Could you imag­ine if for some rea­son I said ‘I don’t think I want to do it?’ I would have all of you sur­round­ing my house like vil­lagers, an­gry vil­lagers with lightsabers in­stead of torches,” joked the 63-year-old “Star Wars” vet­eran.

Hamill ad­mit­ted he was caught off guard when Lu­cas in­vited him to lunch. When Hamill’s wife sur­mised that per­haps there was a new film in the works, Hamill laughed. Lu­cas had told him specif­i­cally that he was done mak­ing “Star Wars” movies af­ter the pre­quels.

He as­sumed Lu­cas was go­ing to an­nounce a 3D re­lease or roll out an­other box set of the films, laugh­ing about the num­ber of ver­sions that have been made avail­able.

Still, his in­ter­est was piqued when Lu­cas dis­in­vited Hamill’s daugh­ter. He knew that meant it must be big.

When things started com­ing to­gether, Hamill said he was cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about J. J. Abrams, the cho­sen direc­tor for “The Force Awak­ens.”

“I was a lit­tle sus­pi­cious be­cause he was a ‘Star Trek’ guy,” said Hamill, laugh­ing.

The ac­tor quickly clar­i­fied that he likes “Star Trek.” “It just seems odd,” he said. He went on to com­pli­ment Abrams for his in­clu­sive­ness. Abrams, Hamill noted, is also the first “Star Wars” direc­tor to be borne out of true fandom of the orig­i­nal films.

“He feels the way you feel in terms of want­ing prac­ti­cal ef­fects. Real sets,” he said.

Keep­ing in line with the se­crecy sur­round­ing “The Force Awak­ens,” which opens on Dec. 18, Hamill said he is al­ways wor­ried about leak­ing in­for­ma­tion. He claims he even learned the sub­ti­tle of the sev­enth film on the In­ter­net.

“They’re so se­cre­tive th­ese days,” said Hamill. “When we did the first one no one cared.”

Hamill was “cleared” to tell the packed house that he did record a voiceover specif­i­cally for the new teaser trailer, which de­buted on Thurs­day dur­ing the Cel­e­bra­tion kick-off panel.

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