Mark Hamill shares insight into his earliest thoughts on ‘Star Wars’

In 1977, George Lucas captured lightning in a bottle war of stars. The combination of space fantasy, dingy sci-fi elements, John Williams’ score, a great cast and cutting-edge special effects A new hope one of the greatest films of all time. Almost half a century later and it’s still one of the biggest things in entertainment, but now Luke Skywalker himself has shed some light on his very first thoughts about a galaxy far, far away.

It came after a black-and-white video of Harrison Ford’s 1975 audition for Han Solo surfaced on Twitter. He reads his lines opposite the already cast Mark Hamill, with the dialogue being a very early draft that doesn’t appear in the finished film. Even at this very early stage, Ford nailed Han Solo’s character perfectly, although Hamill plays Luke a little more calmly than in the finished film.

When asked about his comments, Hamill indicated that he recognized the dialogue could come across as campy, so he wanted to play the scene as honestly as possible:

Playing these roles head-on, without squinting at the camera or trying to stay above the material was clearly the right choice, and while the cast and crew were known to have had misgivings war of starsLucas’ signature cocktail resulted in the all-conquering blockbuster that has endured so many years later.

Early material like this also has us longing for a full featured re-release of the theatrical versions of the original trilogy. Sure, some of the effects are a little wonky without Lucas’ 1990’s CGI glow-up, but the pristine 1977 version is war of stars is a piece of pop culture history and we want to see it in the best possible condition.

Star Wars: A New Hope can be streamed on Disney Plus. Mark Hamill shares insight into his earliest thoughts on ‘Star Wars’

Lindsay Lowe

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