– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Obviously, it’s old news that Mar Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are all involved in the new trilogy of Star Wars films in some way or another. And yet, for the most part, we don’t really have a solid understanding of why. Of course, there’s the money (I’m sure this post, along with the social media shares, have their share of people replying “money”), but with someone like Mark Hamill — a bona fide geek, it had to be something more, right?

When George Lucas told him and Carrie Fisher, Hamill was shocked, a recent piece from the New York Times revealed.

“I was completely stunned. Carrie, not a minute went by — she slapped the table and goes, ‘I’m in!’ I said, ‘Carrie, poker face!’”

But still, Hamill was unsure if they should bother trying to catch lightning in a bottle a second time. Could they pull it off? He didn’t expect Ford to actually sign on — the guy was “too old and too rich and too cranky,” he said. But the second Ford said yes, Hamill knew he had no choice.

“Can you imagine if I was the only one to say no? I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom.”

He’s probably right. Of the three actors, the only one who could have gotten away with it unscathed would have been Ford

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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SOURCE: New York Times

  • Dabney Coleman

    I’m eagerly looking forward to one day learning what Lucas had planned for the latter trilogy. To me, the prequels are a mess of Lucas trying to please the older fans with a mature storyline while also continuing the merchandising juggernaut by appealing to children. His grasp exceeded his reach. Had he learned from the experience? Just the fact that he ultimately decided to place the franchise in other hands makes me think he was at least self-aware of his shortcomings. The mind boggles at a newly-humbled Lucas tying a bow on his magnum opus. Or maybe he would have doubled-down on his hubris. That Harrison Ford signed on before the sale to Disney, though, makes me think it would have been the former. I’m sure we’ll find out one day.

    • Bruce Norris

      I think he was just tiered of wrestling with everyone’s expectations. I think he tried to “serve two master’s” and ultimately decided to return to a simpler time when few people cared what he did as a creative type.

      • Kronx

        He’s too old. Yes, too old to begin the trilogy.

  • Victor Roa
  • donzai

    10-20 million a film. he has not starred in a flick since return of the jedi. lets get it straight lmfao

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.