It’s easy to sort of retreat into your own world as a creative. You’re out there working hard every day to hone your craft and hustling to get your latest gig.
There are often actors who are so caught up in that aspect of the job that they rarely bother with interacting with fans of their work. This is not the case with actor Mark Hamill, who has for decades stood as a fan’s actor.
Not only is he willing to talk about all things geeky, but he genuinely loves it. To top it all off, it sounds like he has a heart of gold, to boot. In a recent series of tweets from screenwriter and producer Ed Solomon, he tells a story about Mark Hamill that’s sure to make your heart grow just a little bit.
“When a friend’s son (who was, so tragically, dying from an incurable illness) made a wish: to meet Luke Skywalker, it fell on me — the only person the dad knew who worked in the film business — to make a call. Not knowing Mark, I called his agent and explained that this lovely boy watched Star Wars every day and wanted to meet NOT Mark Hammill [sic], but, rather, the actual CHARACTER that he played (the boy’s own mental state had devolved past the point of being able to grok that Luke was fictional). The agent begrudgingly said he’d call Mark, but also said not to get my hopes up. 90 seconds later I got a call from @HamillHimself, who immediately said yes and gave me his home address. He not only met with the boy, but spent hours answering question after question (sometimes the same ones repeatedly), AS “Luke.” Even posting this now makes me teary. He was compassionate, kind, and patient. And it literally meant the world to this kid and his family.”
As mentioned above, Hamill has always been a fan’s actor, and this story really proves that point, and takes it to the next level. A lot of actors and creative types out there tend to take their success for granted, but Hamill really seems to be the type that commits to giving back whenever possible.
Hamill went on to post his reaction to the story.
There's no sweeter sound than a child laughing-I've been so lucky-feel it's my duty 2 give back in any way I can-Much prefer visits 2 hospitals than talk-shows
Heartbreaking but inspirational-makes my career seem trivial in comparison-Wish I could do more❤️ https://t.co/nXXutNfYsa
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 5, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.
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SOURCE: Ed Solomon