Why Hamill re­sisted com­ing back

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Mark Hamill has mixed feel­ings about his re­turn to the lime­light, said Dave Itzkoff in The New York Times. When Ge­orge Lu­cas ap­proached Hamill, 66, a few years back, say­ing that pro­duc­ers were plan­ning a new set of Star Wars films and wanted the movie’s vet­eran stars—Hamill, Har­ri­son Ford, and Car­rie Fisher—to reprise their roles, the ac­tor hes­i­tated. “I was just re­ally scared,” Hamill says. He’d been wildly suc­cess­ful as Luke Sky­walker as a young man, but had been off­screen for three decades. “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.” Be­sides, he fig­ured Ford would veto the whole idea. “He’s too old and too rich and too cranky.” So when Ford jumped on board with Fisher, a shocked Hamill felt he had no choice but to do the same. “Can you imag­ine if I was the only one to say no? I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom.” To his sur­prise, Hamill is en­joy­ing be­ing back in the Jedi world—ex­cept for the strict Lu­cas­film diet and train­ing reg­i­men. “Why are they train­ing me to turn and re­move a hood? I could be the size of Mar­lon Brando in Apoca­lypse Now, who’s go­ing to know?”

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