Of all the things Mark Hamill thought he'd do in his career, reprising the role of Luke Skywalker was not one of them.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Monday, Hamill reveals that George Lucas made it clear to him and co-stars Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford long ago that Lucas had no intention of bringing the "Star Wars" franchise beyond the events in 1983's "Return of the Jedi." So, when Disney and J.J. Abrams approached him to don the lightsaber once more for "The Force Awakens," Hamill was dumbfounded and, in fact, claims he still is.
"I don't know that I'm even completely recovered from my state of shock," Hamill told Entertainment Weekly. "Part of the experience of ["Star Wars"] in my life was coming down from that, putting it behind me. We had a beginning, middle, and an end. And I certainly, in a million years, never expected to return. I thought, even if they do more trilogies, my story is over."
Well, Luke Skywalker's story isn't over, and Hamill will once again play him in "" when it lands in theaters in December 2015. Of course, Hamill is thrilled to be a part of the new "Star Wars" and hopes he'll appreciate it more than he did the first time around. But there's one thing about the new Luke that Hamill doesn't like.
The beard. He hates the old Jedi beard he had to wear for the new film but was contractually obligated to grow one if he wanted to play Luke.
"I'm not really a beard person," Hamill explains. "I suppose if I got used to it, I could become one. It's just one of those things. I think they look fine on other people, it's just not for me."
Well, we appreciate you suffering through facial hair to bring us a new adventure in a galaxy, far, far away, Mark. And we can only hope that "The Force Awakens" is much better than the Jar Jar-infested stories of the prequels. Mee-sa no can take another mediocre "Star Wars" trilogy, okee day?