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With “Star Wars” fever growing ever hotter, original trilogy star Mark Hamill stoked the fire today by participating in a Reddit AMA.
Hamill — who will appear in the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII” — answered a wide range of questions, from his favorite soups (tomato and French onion) to his favorite music (’60s rock ‘n’ roll). But we were naturally most interested in his answers about movies, so here are some highlights from his AMA:
1. tmoss726 asked: Did you ever expect Star Wars to be such a critical success?
I didn’t expect it to be a critical success, I thought people would like it, because it took so many elements from movies we were familiar with, pirate, cowboy movies, war movies, and added humor. That’s the thing that got me. Science fiction usually isn’t funny. They have an 8 ft furry dog driving a spaceship, he’s naked except headphones, that’s funny. Even if it doesn’t get great reviews it’ll be a cult movie. People will go watch it at midnight because its so unique. I thought it would be popular but never thought it would be on the cover of Time magazine.
2. IAmArique asked: The age old question. Who would win in a fight: Batman, Luke Skywalker, or Skips?
Well you know Batman is physically much more formidable, but Luke has that Jedi magic, maybe he’d use mind tricks. I hope it would never come to that, because I think I’d have a hard time beating someone like Batman. My only hope would be mind tricks or running and hiding.
3. Gooberplease asked: What is your all time favorite movie?
I don’t have an all time favorite, some of the movies that really impacted me as a kid were Hard Days Night, the Beatles first movie. I didn’t think I liked musicals and then I saw West Side Story and it just crushed me. I was 9 or 10 years old and it was so tragic. That one stands out.
4. Vorlux asked: “Who was your hero when you were six?”
I used to watch superman on TV, and i loved the idea of flying. i used to wonder if i wanted to fly like superman or peter pan. Peter Pan looked like it was more fun, superman was so bolt straight. And i loved Zorro, the old Disney Zorro. What is it with guys with secret identities who go out and fight crime? And James bond. I loved all that stuff.
5. seamslegit asked: What is your favorite Lightsaber Color?
just worked with Samuel L Jackson and he reminded me he had a purple lightsaber, which nobody had, I thought that was cool that he got his own color. My favorite is green, I’m happy with what I had. You don’t need to give me lavender or raw umber or whatever.
6. erikbro asked: If you could change one scene from the original trilogy what would you change and why?
There was a scene at the beginning of the first movie that was cut out. When you’re first introduced to [Luke] he’s on the farm and he sees the Robots, when R2 and C3PO eject he races to the club, and you see what his life is like on Tataouine. This beautiful actress calls him wormy. I loved it bc you saw that he wasn’t well liked by his peers, and he bumps into Garrick Hagon, and Luke is really excited bc he has joined the empire, and Luke is so anxious to get off the farm and find his lot in life. He’s thrilled that Biggs has joined the Empire, and feels as soon as he’d get the chance he’d join the rebel alliance. this shows that Luke is apolitical, and joining the empire is even attractive to him.
They changed to get to the plot faster, so now it goes straight to the 4th scene. The only place you can see it is the novelization of the screen play. With all the tweaking and adaptations, why not put it in to add detail to the story that’s not there?