Photo: Mark Hamill Poses With Lightsaber at Disney World

By June 5, 2014

Not much of a story here, but it’s still kind of cool to see Star Wars legend Mark Hamill pick up a lightsaber once again. He’s obviously playing a role in JJ Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, so this photo of Hamill at Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World in Orlando serves as a sort of early first look of what we can expect him to look like in the new film. Take a look below:

Mark Hamill Lightsaber Mickey

Hamill spoke with the Orlando Sentinel (via /Film), and the paper provided some quotes of his in short bursts on their website. I’ve copied and pasted the most interesting blurbs below:

On preparing for “Star Wars VII”: “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.”

On “Star Wars” spoilers: “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.”

On George Lucas’ vision for the characters: “He always liked the idea of seeing the original characters as elderly characters.”

On saying yes to “Star Wars VII”: “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.”

On fandom: “I haven’t seen those movies since they were in movie theaters. I don’t watch them on home theater or DVD. There are people who are far more expert in it than I am. They know more, way more, about them than I do, and they care more. … 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.”

From these quotes, it sounds like Hamill almost feels like he’s forced into being in the new movie instead of being excited about it. I’ve been mixed on what I’ve seen of Hamill’s post-Star Wars work: he did amazing, next-level work as The Joker on “Batman: The Animated Series” and has racked up some excellent voiceover credits, but I haven’t really loved anything he’s done in live action since Return of the Jedi. It’ll be interesting to see what his performance is like in Abrams’ movie and how he comes across playing an older version of the character that, for better or worse, has defined his career.

Are you excited to see Hamill don his Jedi gear in Episode VII? What do you think of his post-Star Wars career?

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Ben is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. His work has been featured at,,,, and many more sites across the web. Some of his favorite movies include The Rocketeer, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Tombstone, Lucky Number Slevin, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Collateral, Double Indemnity, Back to the Future and The Prestige. Follow him on Twitter: @BenPears.