Mark Hamill revealed that he sees no ‘reason’ to portray Luke Skywalker again, but remains open to returning to the role during and interview with CBS Sunday Morning.
The 71-year-old Star Wars star spoke with CBS News Sunday Morning correspondent Tracy Smith, 54, at his home above the sea in Malibu, California.
‘I had my time, and that’s good,’ Hamill said of playing the Force-enabled hero. ‘But that’s enough.’
‘So, even though you say you won’t go back, there’s always a chance that you could go back?,’ Smith asked.
‘Well, you never say never. I just don’t see any reason to. Let me put it that way: I mean, they have so many stories to tell, they don’t need Luke anymore,’ Hamill answered.
Sci-fi star: Mark Hamill revealed that he sees no ‘reason’ to portray Luke Skywalker again, but remains open to returning to the role during and interview with CBS Sunday Morning
‘You know that a lot of people out there would argue, ”They always need Luke”,’ Smith said, prompting Hamill to laugh.
Smith also asked if he had accepted being forever associated as Luke Skywalker.
‘Yeah. Well, I don’t care,’ Hamill said. ‘I mean, the truth of the matter is, I never really expected to be remembered for anything. I just wanted to make a living doing what I liked. And I thought, ”Well, it could be worse. I could be, like, known as being the best actor who ever played Adolf Hitler, you know?” At least Luke is an admirable fellow!’
Hamill during his segment that was introduced by CBS Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley, 72, promoted his new movie The Machine.
The action-comedy movie was inspired by the 2016 stand-up comedy routine created by Bert Kreischer, 50.
The film stars Bert as a fictionalized version of himself who inadvertently crosses the Russian mob while on a trip to Russia in 1999 as a college freshman.
Hamill portrays Bert’s father Albert Kreischer, Sr. in the movie directed by Peter Atencio, 40.
‘I was drawn to the project because of the relationship between the son and the father. I mean, they’re at odds and trying to understand one another,’ Hamill said.
Legendary film: Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are shown in a still from the 1977 film Star Wars by director George Lucas
Reprised role: The 71-year-old actor portayed Luke again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Show host: CBS Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley, 72, introduced the segment featuring Hamill
New correspondent: CBS News Sunday Morning correspondent Tracy Smith, 54, interviewed Hamill at his home above the sea in Malibu, California
Hamill recently told Esquire that he had a ‘tumultuous relationship’ with his Star Wars franchise co-star Carrie Fisher, who died in December 2016 at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.
He also opened up to CBS Sunday Morning about auditioning for Star Wars in 1976 with Harrison Ford, 80, and not being sure what to make of the George Lucas dialogue.
‘The problem was they didn’t give us a whole script. And yeah, I couldn’t figure out, is this, like, a send-up of Flash Gordon or whatever? You couldn’t tell, ’cause nobody talks like this!,’ Hamill said.
‘And I was asking Harrison, ’cause he had been in ‘American Graffiti.’ I said, ‘You know George. Is this, like, a joke? Should we send it up? Make fun of it?’ ‘Whatever. Get it done.’ So, he was no help!”,’ Hamill said of Harrison who landed the role of Han Solo.
Hamill also recalled working with the late Sir Alec Guinness, who portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.
‘He took me out to lunch just to get to know each other a little bit. And I kept calling him Sir Alec. And at one point he tapped my face, little harder. I went, ”Oww! What?” ”I want to be known by my name, not my accolade”,’ Hamill shared.
‘I said, ‘So, can I call ya’ Big Al?”,’ Hamill recalled.
Latest movie: ‘I was drawn to the project because of the relationship between the son and the father. I mean, they’re at odds and trying to understand one another,’ Hamill said of his latest father-son movie The Machine
Fond memories: Hamill, shown in June 2019 in Hollywood, also recalled working with the late Sir Alec Guiness, who portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars
Father figure: Hamill portrays Bert’s father Albert Kreischer, Sr. in The Machine
Hamill is active on social media and has 5.2 million followers on Twitter.
It was reported last month by Deadline that Hamill will be joining Tom Hiddleston, 42, in a film adaptation of the Stephen King short story The Life Of Chuck.
Hamill will portray a character named Albie, while Hiddleston will play the title character.
The Life Of Chuck is based on the story of the same name from King’s 2020 collection of four previously unpublished novellas, If It Bleeds.
Read the full article here