Out doing press for the NBC holiday special “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas,” it’s understandable that those interviewing Mark Hamill about the show are much more keen to ask him about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” his return to the franchise that made him famous.
Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, Hamill was asked about the film’s trailer and the distinct lack of showing any of the original cast in it. He says it’s understandable:
“This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing. It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling. I rightly assumed that it wouldn’t be our story because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This must be our offspring and the current generation, with us there lending the kind of support that Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness did in the original.”
He then talked about his look for the film, which includes a beard that he was not a fan of:
“That is what I call my contractually obligated beard. Listen: I think they look fine on other people. It’s just not me. I never got used to it. But face foliage is almost a part of the costume. And it does bring a gravitas, perhaps unearned, but nevertheless, it makes a statement that they wanted to make, and I’m more than happy to oblige them.”
Hamill also talked about the return of Harrison Ford to the franchise, something he was actually surprised by:
“He was someone that was unpredictable. I hadn’t seen him in years; I didn’t know what his feelings were. I know he’s sometimes grown impatient with people that don’t want to focus on what he’s doing currently and want to go stroll down memory lane. God knows, I’m used to that sort of thing. But who knew? And for him to jump back in so enthusiastically, I was delighted. It’s a wonderful character. Everybody loves Han Solo.”
Meanwhile The Daily Beast has obtained a document that seems to suggest that Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars” Episodes 8 & 9 will primarily consist of “Luke and Leia” storylines. As Harrison Ford’s Han Solo is expected to get the most screen time of the old trio in ‘Force Awakens,’ could the subsequent films put the primary focus on the other two?