Category: Actors

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill honored as Disney Legends at D23


Source: ScreenRant

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have been honored as Disney Legends in a special ceremony at the D23 Expo. It’s been an emotional year for Star Wars fans, following the sudden loss of Fisher when passed away at age 60 on December 27, 2016. Fortunately, Fisher had completed filming her scenes as General Leia in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi before her passing, and in the past few months months, Lucasfilm and Disney have slowly been revealing images and footage of the late screen icon in her final performance; along with tributes from several Star Wars luminaries  including Mark Hamill – at gatherings like Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, in April.

The celebration of Fisher continued at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, where the actress was posthumously named a Disney Legend in a ceremony where Hamill was named a Disney Legend as well. The introduction to the ceremony honoring Fisher, much like her tribute at D23, included a video featuring Fisher’s film acting work, as well as her accomplishments as a screenwriter and her life with her late showbiz mom Debbie Reynolds.

Following the presentation, Disney CEO Robert Iger delivered a tribute, saying, “Carrie has been an iconic part of the Star Wars franchise as you saw from the very beginning, and she will always hold a very special place in our hearts, and the hearts of fans around the world. We all miss her talent, her wit, and her friendship.” Talking about her role in her final film, The Last Jedi, Iger says, “As always, she brought her trademark strength, heart and humor to the role, which is truly, truly a legendary performance.”

Mark Hamill receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Source: StarWarsNews.Net

The Hollywood Walk of Fame has grown pretty large by now, with several names being added each year since the 1950s – they’re at over 2,600 stars by now, and with so many famous people out there, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is still adding names that surprisingly weren’t there before. And this year (or next year, technically, in 2018), veteran Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is one of the couple dozen celebrities who’ll be getting their own star on the Walk of Fame.

Hamill’s new star will be going alongside other newcomers Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeff Goldblum, Zoe Saldana, Jack Black, Lynda Carter, Taraji P. Henson, Snoop Dog, Weird Al Yankovic, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, among many others.

That’s an impressive crowd, and to promote the big news, Hamill quoted a line from his scene in The Force Awakens:

Hamill first appeared in Star Wars 40 years ago, in one of his first film roles, and Luke Skywalker alone is an iconic enough character to earn him the star. He’s had an extremely prolific voice acting career since then, including being the iconic voice of the Joker in several Batman shows, but it’s probably Luke Skywalker that got him his own little chunk of Hollywood sidewalk.


His upcoming return in The Last Jedi at the end of the year may also be why he’s getting it now, but like many of the names on that list above, it’s been overdue anyways. He also won’t be the first Jedi to enter the Hollywood Walk of Fame: other Star Wars actors who already had their own stars include Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, Samuel L. Jackson, and Forest Whitaker (although he got his long before Rogue One, of course).

Before you visit Hamill’s shiny new star the next time you’re a tourist in Los Angeles, you can catch him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it comes out December 15, 2017.