It’s no secret that Mark Hamill is coming back to do a little face time in Star Wars: Episode VII. Of course, he and the other old cast members aren’t exactly in the same sort of shape as they were back in the day. Then again, the new movie takes place quite a few years after Return of the Jedi, so their characters aren’t supposed to be spring chickens anymore either. But a Jedi is a Jedi and even 62-year-old wielders of a lightsaber best be ready to do some damage to the Dark Side if the moment demands. Now, Hamill is stepping up to chat a bit about how he’s prepping to take on Episode VII, as well as a few other things. He’s also showing off his lightsaber pose, just in case you’re skeptical about whether he can even lift the thing anymore. Check it out below.
Yeah, that’s Mickey Mouse he’s posing with. Sigh… Apparently, Hamill is doing the rounds down at Florida’s Star Wars Weekends, so he’s expected to show up in a few pictures with Disney’s iconic mouse mascot. Whether being forced to take part in the ridiculous Star Wars Weekends will cause Hamill to die of shame before he starts shooting, however, remains to be seen.
So what’s the actor doing to make sure he can still perform at least a few of his own stunts during Episode VII? Check out what he had to say to the Orlando Sentinel:
I’ve altered my diet. I’ve started working out. There’s that. But on the film itself: I toured the departments, I’ve looked at wardrobe, and I saw the creature shop. I went around and met all the cast people, saw the technicians working on some new things.
He also had a few words to say about the recent Episode VII spoiler controversy:
This is a whole different world … The first one, no one cared. The second one there was a lot of interest, but it was before the Internet. … I tell people we’re not trying to annoy you or tease you or play some massive game. Basically what the goal is to keep the surprises for the movie instead of spoiling them on the Internet.
And some more to say with regards to his decision to return to the Star Wars universe:
Look, I’m aware that a lot of people don’t care one way or another, but for the UPFs – the ultra passionate fans – they would come after me like the angry townspeople with torches in the old Frankenstein pictures. I would have a lot to answer for if I didn’t at least try to make the effort. It’s not like I had a choice. I feel like I was called up for service by the Selective Service.
And about his view of how the ultra-fanboys react to new additions to the Star Wars franchise:
You don’t have to love them, but I am surprised sometimes at how vehemently they get if they’re not satisfied, which is scary. I have this feeling that no matter what we do there’s going to be a faction that really is disappointed. You just can’t live up to that. Any kind of reunion type endeavor, whatever it is … you can never go home again.
You can check out everything that Hamill had to say about all sorts of stuff by heading over to the Sentinel’s website and reading the full interview. And if you want to see any more of Hamill, you’ll just have to wait for the movie to come out. Or for the next round of spoilers to show up.
Don’t forget to check out Star Wars: Episode VII when it hits the big screen come December 18th, 2015.