Mark­ing an­other mile­stone

> Star Wars leg­end Mark Hamill fi­nally lands a star on Hol­ly­wood’s Walk of Fame


MARK HAMILL, the leg­end of Star Wars, was im­mor­talised on Hol­ly­wood’s iconic Walk of Fame on March 8 in front of scores of fans, some of whom had waited for hours.

The 66-year-old Cal­i­for­nian has ap­peared in some 70 movies which had noth­ing to do with Lu­cas­film’s space opera, not to men­tion al­most 200 TV shows, but will al­ways be thought of as in­genue farm boy­turned-pan-ga­lac­tic lightsaber­wield­ing hero Luke Sky­walker.

“You are with me through thick and thin, and the highs and the lows and ev­ery­where in be­tween,” Hamill ( be­low) told the cheer­ing crowd as he col­lected his star.

“If it weren’t for the public, I’d be nowhere. From Jedi to Joker and back again, it’s been a fan­tas­tic ride. Thank you so much, and may the force be with each and ev­ery one of you.” Hamill, who lends his voice to the vil­lain­ous Joker in an­i­mated Bat­man and Jus­tice League shows, punc­tu­ated his com­ments with a cack­ling Joker laugh. He paid trib­ute to his fans af­ter the cer­e­mony, telling AFP he would never get used to the ac­claim, nor take it for granted. “They are the most pas­sion­ate, loyal peo­ple. They are with you in ca­reer highs and ca­reer lows.” Harrison Ford, who por­trayed fugi­tive smug­gler and all-round charmer Han Solo in four Star Wars films, was among those on hand to pay trib­ute to Hamill, along with Star Wars cre­ator Ge­orge Lu­cas. “Mark is a friend that I don’t see very often. Our lives have di­verged to a cer­tain ex­tent but I am very pleased for him. He has been the mas­ter of his own ex­pe­ri­ence, his own life,” Ford said. “And he is as he al­ways was – a quiet, sin­cere, hon­est per­son. He’s not a grand­stander, and I think he has found com­fort and util­ity and con­trol of his des­tiny, and I’m happy for you pal.”

As he ac­cepted his star, Hamill told the crowd he was strug­gling to con­vey the depth of his grat­i­tude.

“I haven’t been this speech­less since Force Awak­ens,” he joked in a nod to the first episode of the se­quel tril­ogy in which he briefly ap­peared but said noth­ing.

Hamill also hailed Lu­cas, not­ing if it “weren’t for the ge­nius of Ge­orge Lu­cas, I wouldn’t be stand­ing here to­day”.

He said he knew while work­ing with Ford that he was in the “pres­ence of great­ness”, and that Ford was “one of the best

ac­tors in film his­tory”.

“He also gave me the great ad­vice: ‘Hey kid, don’t get cocky’,” he added.

Star Wars (1977) was Hamill’s first fea­ture film. He was dis­cov­ered in a work­shop mu­si­cal com­edy called An­thems in E-Flat Cal­liope the sum­mer be­fore start­ing col­lege in Los An­ge­les.

Now a pro­lific voice artiste in an­i­mated se­ries and video games, Hamill started out on TV in a 1970 episode of the short-lived CBS com­edy-drama Head­mas­ter.

He fol­lowed this with parts in The Par­tridge Fam­ily, Night Gallery, Can­non, The Bill Cosby Show, Room 222 and Lu­cas Tan­ner.

It hasn’t been all plain-sail­ing – Hamill was a cast mem­ber of the com­edy The Texas Wheel­ers, which was dropped from ABC’s sched­ule af­ter four episodes in 1974.

His other film cred­its in­clude Corvette Sum­mer, Slip­stream, Jay and Si­lent Bob Strike Back, Brigsby Bear, and Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice.

Sky­walker’s fate in the lat­est Star Wars episode, The Last Jedi, left the ques­tion of his re­turn for the fi­nal part of the se­quel tril­ogy – due to be­gin shoot­ing in July for a De­cem­ber 2019 re­lease – some­what up in the air.

“You know I had a be­gin­ning, a mid­dle and an end, so whether I’m not in­volved or just a mem­ber of the au­di­ence, I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” he said. – AFP-Re­laxnews

Hamill’s many roles ... (clock­wise from left) in Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice; Slip­stream; Star Wars: The Em­pire Strikes Back; and as the voice of the vil­lain­ous Joker.

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