Mark Hamill Discusses Episode VII and Spoilers

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Mark Hamill and Mickey MouseThis weekend Mark Hamill is at Walt Disney World in Florida as a guest for the 2014 Star Wars Weekends. He’s been tweeting images from the park leading up to his appearance there over the next couple of days, and he gave an interview to the Orlando Sentinel where he talks about coming back for Episode VII and the spoiler culture.

On saying yes to “Star Wars VII”: “Look, I’m aware that a lot of people don’t care one way or another, but for the UPFs – the ultra passionate fans – they would come after me like the angry townspeople with torches in the old Frankenstein pictures. I would have a lot to answer for if I didn’t at least try to make the effort. It’s not like I had a choice. I feel like I was called up for service by the Selective Service.”

On reuniting: “I hadn’t seen Tony Daniels or Carrie [Fisher] or Harrison [Ford] or Peter Mayhew in ages. … I was wonderful to see them again, because I didn’t expect to. Again, this is all so unexpected. It’s like getting out that pair of pants you haven’t worn in five years and finding a 20-dollar bill in the pocket. Oh, this is nice.”

On “Star Wars” spoilers: “This is a whole different world … The first one, no one cared. The second one there was a lot of interest, but it was before the Internet. … I tell people we’re not trying to annoy you or tease you or play some massive game. Basically what the goal is to keep the surprises for the movie instead of spoiling them on the Internet.”

On fandom: “I haven’t seen those movies since they were in movie theaters. I don’t watch them on home theater or DVD. There are people who are far more expert in it than I am. They know more, way more, about them than I do, and they care more. … You don’t have to love them, but I am surprised sometimes at how vehemently they get if they’re not satisfied, which is scary. I have this feeling that no matter what we do there’s going to be a faction that really is disappointed. You just can’t live up to that. Any kind of reunion type endeavor, whatever it is … you can never go home again.”

I think that last part is especially true. No matter how awesome the Sequel Trilogy is, there will see be that angry segment of the fanbase who hate it and will accuse JJ Abrams of raping their childhood.

FURIOUSFANBOYS Writer
FURIOUSFANBOYS Writer