In an effort to promote the Skywalker Ranch contest he's doing with George Lucas, Omaze, and Make-A-Wish, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, just participated in a fairly interesting Reddit AMA with pretty much the most fitting title ever: "Mark Hamill here. In an AMA far, far away..."
You can check out some of the highlights of the AMA below, or head over to the Reddit thread to see the entire thing.
Hi Mark, the people on reddit were very kind to me when I did my AMAA, hope you enjoy this community. Speak soon I'm sure. Cheers,
Thanks Peter, they've been great and I'm really enjoying it. I love you and you have been a life-long friend. And I'm convinced there's no one closer to a real life wookiee in the most positive sense.
Also, I loved those pictures you released! I've got a ton of old pics from the set upstairs that I want to go through now.
There was the point where he admitted he didn't expect Star Wars to be a critical success, but he knew people would enjoy it:
I didn't expect it to be a critical success, I thought people would like it, because it took so many elements from movies we were familiar with, pirate, cowboy movies, war movies, and added humor. That's the thing that got me. Science fiction usually isn't funny. They have an 8 ft furry dog driving a spaceship, he's naked except headphones, that's funny. Even if it doesn't get great reviews it'll be a cult movie. People will go watch it at midnight because its so unique. I thought it would be popular but never thought it would be on the cover of Time magazine.
When he tried to decide who would win in a fight: Batman, Luke Skywalker, or Skips:
Well you know Batman is physically much more formidable, but Luke has that Jedi magic, maybe he'd use mind tricks. I hope it would never come to that, because I think I'd have a hard time beating someone like Batman. My only hope would be mind tricks or running and hiding.
I just worked with Samuel L Jackson and he reminded me he had a purple lightsaber, which nobody had, I thought that was cool that he got his own color.
My favorite is green, I'm happy with what I had. You don't need to give me lavender or raw umber or whatever.
If he could change one scene from the original trilogy, what would it be?:
There was a scene at the beginning of the first movie that was cut out. When you're first introduced to Mark he's on the farm and he sees the Robots, when R2 and C3PO eject he races to the club, and you see what his life is like on Tataouine. This beautiful actress calls him wormy. I loved it bc you saw that he wasn't well liked by his peers, and he bumps into Garrick Hagon, and Luke is really excited bc he has joined the empire, and Luke is so anxious to get off the farm and find his lot in life. He's thrilled that Biggs has joined the Empire, and feels as soon as he'd get the chance he'd join the rebel alliance. this shows that Luke is apolitical, and joining the empire is even attractive to him.
They changed to get to the plot faster, so now it goes straight to the 4th scene. The only place you can see it is the novelization of the screen play. With all the tweaking and adaptations, why not put it in to add detail to the story that's not there?
Whether or not he will be in Star Wars: Episode VII (it's worth noting that Carrie Fisher said today that she, Hamill, and Harrison Ford would be reprising their roles in the film):
The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn’t stopped beeping about it.
Well based on what has gone before, I have a feeling it's beard, but I have no confirmation of that. My wife said if you grow a beard, you'll cover up your cleft chin. That's not something that occurred to me. But I can only guess. I've never read any of the novelizations or anything but someone said to me, 'you're married, you have children.' Based on Obi-Wan I would have guessed I'd be living in an igloo or something. He was more spiritual, he didn't have a wife or children. And when you find out one of the only eligible women in the galaxy is your sister, it really cuts down on your odds of hooking up with anyone. But that's not what these movies are about. The charm of the trilogy is it appeals to the child in all of us. It goes back to playing in your backyard. It's very primal, it's good versus evil, a high sense of adventure.
And last, but not least, when he gave dating advice to a Reddit user:
Well, I'm a little rusty in the dating department. But I would say, be yourself. Don't try to be someone you're not. Don't plan anything, be spontaneous. And be open, and fun, and let yourselves get to know each other as naturally as possible.
And needless to say, May the Force Be With You.
Check out the full Reddit AMA here.