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This is fantastic. 35 years ago, Return of the Jedi brought a curious pocket of pop-culture history known as Star Wars to a conclusion. In the film, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) transitions from a reluctant farm boy into a full-fledged hero of the Rebellion and Jedi Knight. By constructing his new lightsaber, one no longer associated with his father, Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader), Luke has now completed his symbolic journey and stepped out of the shadow.
With Luke Skywalker about to transition from Jedi Knight to Master in Star Wars: Episode VIII, though, one Hollywood collector gave Mark Hamill and Star Wars fans a trip back in time. Check out the video below:
In this clip from an upcoming episode of Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest (via Geek Tyrant), Brandon Alinger of The Prop Store surprised the actor with “a more elegant weapon for a more civilized age,” his old lightsaber. Picking it up, the actor was momentarily lost in nostalgia, remarking “it’s heavy, isn’t it” – referring to its physical weight, but also perhaps its pop-cultural significance. Alinger also recounted another curious factoid about the dream prop for Star Wars fanatics: before Luke’s turn on the hilt, the prop was actually used by Alec Guinness in A New Hope.
Mark Hamill then detailed the prop’s use on set: The handle was apparently wired to a battery pack during some sequences. For the main fight sequences, though, prop masters would switch the lighted blade with a rod painted with Scotchlite retro-reflector – a reflective surface also used in road signs. Later (according to CNN), animators drew over the actual film cells with a rotoscope. The lightsabers in the prequels and later chapters, however, used digital effects to enhance the fantastic weapons.
The reunion between Mark Hamill and his former lightsaber is a poignant moment for the actor and fans of the films. Whether you’re a recent convert to the Star Wars universe or someone who grew up along with Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy, watching him pick up his former blade is symbolic in its own right, since Skywalker is about to return to action.
Happy Birthday, Mark Hamill! The actor turned 65 yesterday.
Born in 25th September 1951, Mark was raised in California by his parents Virginia and William. The actor was one of seven and moved often due to his father’s station in the military. However, he came to enjoy acting during his youth and chose to pursue the profession as he majored in drama at Los Angeles City College.
The actor’s first roles found him on television series like General Hospital and The Bill Cosby Show. However, there is undoubtedly one role that fans know him best for.
Mark was cast in Star Wars after he auditioned for a role in Apocalypse Now and caught the attention of George Lucas. He nabbed the starring role of Luke Skywalker, and the film’s unprecedented success launched Mark into global stardom. He reprised his role through the original Star Wars trilogy and brought Skywalker back to theaters when Disney announced they were pursuing new films alongside Lucasfilm.
Aside from Star Wars, Mark has an extensive resume of on- and off-screen projects. Most famously, Mark is known for voicing the Joker in various animated Batman features as he played the villain on Batman: The Animated Series. He recently reprised the role in Batman: The Killing Joke, a full-length animated featured based on an eponymous graphic novel.
Happy birthday! May the Force be with you!
Well, the Star Wars Celebration 2016 it’s over, but there are many videos on Internet when you can view or review some of its best moments. I’m sharing some of them. All videos from Disney Experience Channel on YouTube.