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– 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

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.