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Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill honored as Disney Legends at D23


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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

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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.

Mark Hamill is reunited with his Return of the Jedi Lightsaber

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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.

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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.

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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 B-Day, Mark Hamill

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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.

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force-awakens-7Four times (so far) Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga.

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.

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Happy birthday! May the Force be with you!

Star Wars Celebration 2016 highlights

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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.

Rogue One A Star Wars Story Panel (hosted by Gwendoline Christie)

An Hour with Mark Hamill Panel

Carrie Fisher: The Princess Diaries Panel

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Panel (hosted by Warwick Davis)

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Trailer Grand Admiral Thrawn Reveal