Mark Hamill Reflects on ‘Star Wars’ Retirement: ‘They Don’t Need Luke’

Mark Hamill is ready to hang up his lightsaber for good.

In a new interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” the “Star Wars” star said he’s happy with his legacy as the character, but happy to be done with Luke Skywalker.

“You know, I had my time, and that’s good. But enough is enough,” he said.

Hamill last appeared as a younger version of Luke in the Disney+ series ‘The Mandalorian’ and an older Luke in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’, helping close the bigger saga that began in 1977 with “Star Wars: A New Hope. »

The 71-year-old also believes the franchise is ready to move on as well.

“Well, you never say never. I just don’t see any reason to, let me put it that way,” he said, responding if he would ever return to the show. “I mean, they have so many stories to tell, they don’t need Luke anymore. »

Mark Hamill says “they don’t need Luke anymore” in the “Star Wars” universe. (Rich Fury)


Asked about fan demand for Luke, he remains humble about his impact on pop culture.

“The truth is, I didn’t really expect to be remembered for anything,” he said. “I just wanted to make a living doing what I loved. And I thought it could be worse. I could be known as the best actor who ever played Adolf Hitler. At least Luke is an admirable guy! »

The actor also said he wanted to change careers in the 1980s after the success of the first film.

He ventured into acting playing the role of Mozart in “Amadeus” on Broadway, and was interested in playing the role in the film adaptation, directed by Milos Foreman.

“I walked in and met Milos Foreman, and in the meantime I said I would really like the chance to play Mozart, and he says [Hamill puts on a German accent] ‘Oh no, no, the Luke Skywalker doesn’t have to be the Mozart.’ »

The careers of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford were launched into the stratosphere after the release of “Star Wars” in 1977. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis)


Hamill said of the encounter: “I at least admired the fact that he said it to my face. But you know, it’s crazy business. »

Tom Hulce ended up playing the role, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor, and the film won a total of eight Oscars, including Best Picture.

He added: “I was disappointed, but I thought all you can do is move on. »

Hamill revealed he downplayed his role in ‘Star Wars’ in his biography in the playbills, but co-star Carrie Fisher told him to ‘get over it’ and ‘accept it’ that they were known to be Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. .

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in 1977 at the ‘Star Wars’ press tour. (Steve Larson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The actor kept working and found a successful secondary career as a voice actor, appearing in countless series, the most well-known being his role as Joker in “Batman: The Animated Series.”

Currently, Hamill can be seen in “The Machine,” comedian Bert Kreischer’s film about his college adventures with the Russian mafia.

“The Machine” is in theaters now.

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Mark Hamill Reflects on ‘Star Wars’ Retirement: ‘They Don’t Need Luke’