Mark Hamill talks Episode I, Episode II, The Phantom Edit, and Conventions
Posted By Scott on August 23, 2001
Cinescape postedf a good interview with Mark Hamill. Besides talking about Jay and Silent Bob, they discussed the following:
Despite the many years that have passed since he played Luke Skywalker, Hamill continues to follow the still-unfolding tale of a galaxy far, far away ? though he isn?t quite as ravenous as the average STAR WARS fan when it comes to keeping up on information on the new films.
?I saw [THE PHANTOME MENACE],? he acknowledges. ?But I don?t want to read the script to know what?s going to happen unless someone asks me to. Now, had I been asked, I would say the biggest piece of constructive criticism I would have given George is that there was no voice of skepticism [in the film]. There was no cynic, and since everyone was so serious in [our films], we had Han Solo who would say, ?Whatever. I?m in it for the money, pal,? which is a great release for people who have this thing about the innate corniness of it because it is so old-fashioned. That?s constructive criticism, and I just don?t like these people that go off on Jar Jar and stuff because I get real defensive.?
Hamill appreciates the devotion that fans have for the franchise, but he can?t help but wonder if the diehards among them are crossing the line when they claim that ?STAR WARS belongs to us now.? Not that a little Phantom Editing never hurt anyone.
?I?ll admit to re-editing that [backwards] Seinfeld episode to see what it looked like going forward,? he laughs. ?I understand it even though that?s not my particular thing, but I do understand showbiz obsessions and wanting to experience it at its fullest level. There are other things that are kind of like that. The OZ books, Lord of the Rings and even pop music, to a certain extent, has that feel to it - that it?s not enough to just go and buy all the Beatles albums, but you have to go and visit Liverpool or Strawberry Fields or, you know, really live it all out.
?I?ve been to about half a dozen sci-fi conventions, but always for something in addition to Star Wars,? he continues. ?I?m happy to talk with them about it and believe me, they are a captive audience and [if] you want an ego boost - they?re hanging on every word. You can have fun and joke around and do voices and all these things, but these people in many ways are able to avoid a lot of couch time by just acting out their fantasies on the weekend. I still remember ?The Green Lanterns? family with the father and the mother and the little baby Green Lantern, and they all had the outfits and the power rings!?