Face To Face With The Masters
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Cellblock 1138 - 1997-1999 - 2000 - 2002 - 2003+
Sally Sparkman - Assistant to Mark Hamill
Name: Sally Sparkman
Aliases: Lady Cathrin Katana (Sith Grand Master)
Homeworld: Nar Shadda in the Vurana Sector
Vehicle of Choice: Enhanced Skipray Blast Boat
Weapon of Choice: Katana/light sabre
Political Affiliation: Imperial (of course)
TheForce.net - WHAT EXACTLY IS YOUR JOB WITH MARK HAMILL?
SALLY - I am his one and only assistant!
TheForce.net - HOW DID YOU GET THIS POSITION?
SALLY - Ahhhhh.......good question! Actually, I was a friend of Mark
and Marilou's first. When I was chatting with Marilou a couple of years ago, she mentioned
they needed an assistant to handle Mark's fan mail and other office type things and I
TheForce.net - MANY PEOPLE HAVE NEVER MET MARK HAMILL. KNOWING HIM
PERSONALLY, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE HIM? WHAT'S SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE PROBABLY DON'T
KNOW ABOUT HIM?
SALLY - I know that Mark would laugh and probably blush at this.
Then he would definitely wave his hand in the air and say, "NO, she's wrong."
BUT, he is actually very much like his character of Luke Skywalker in so many ways. Mark
(and Marilou, his incredible wife of 18 years) is deeply honorable and dedicated to his
family. He is honest to a fault and extremely humble. One thing people probably don't know
about him is that he loves old TV shows. He tapes all the old shows like "I Love
Lucy" and "Bilco" and "Happy Days". He is a very passionate
person. I could go on for pages. Guess you'd say I'm definitely a fan.
TheForce.net - WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING OR WEIRD THING THAT HAS
HAPPENED TO YOU AS PART OF YOUR JOB?
SALLY - LOL! Well, you mean outside this interview, I presume! (Hey,
as the daughter of a Texas Aggie, I never ever thought I'd be interviewed by an Aggie for
an Aggie anything! This is quite an honor and a sort of homecoming for me.) Well, let's
see. I suppose the first day I was over at the house Mark and Marilou were renting while
their home was being remodeled (actually rebuilt, completely, but they still call it a
remodel). We were working out of the garage in their rental home and had maybe 15 file
cabinets lining one wall, boxes everywhere, and a picnic table in the middle of it all to
sit at. I was organizing some paperwork and opened a file cabinet marked something like
"Mark's junk". There to greet me was this rubber frog maybe 16" long or so.
It was a really ugly frog, as frogs go, but it did have somewhat of a "familiar
look" to it. Marilou came down the stairs at that moment and saw me looking
questioningly at this stupid frog I was holding in my hand, and laughed. "Oh, that's
one of those frogs Jabba the Hutt had. There were five of them made for the movie and Mark
kept that one." I stood there looking over this pretty stupid-looking frog thinking
about all the steps that went into that frog's life to bring him from someone's conception
to being in a file cabinet in Mark's garage. It just caught me as weird that I should be
standing there holding something that had been part of the Star Wars that changed my life
so dramatically. (It was watching Star Wars that made up my mind for me what I wanted my
major in college to be -- I went on to earn a BFA in film production.)
TheForce.net - HAVE YOU MET ANYBODY ELSE ASSOCIATED WITH STAR WARS
SUCH AS THE ACTORS OR GEORGE LUCAS? HOW DID YOU MEET THEM AND WHAT WERE THEY LIKE?
SALLY - Nope! I haven't met anyone else. Carrie Fisher is doing
script doctoring these days and I believe does live here in California, but I'm not sure
where. Harrison Ford doesn't live here at all, so I wouldn't have bumped into him. I have
met a lot of other celebrities, but none associated with Star Wars. Sorry. BUT, I do have
a funny story about something that happened at Mark's house one day back in July. I was
there to get some work done on a Saturday afternoon, and to interview Mark for the
newsletter (fan club/website), and toward the end of the interview, Bill Mumy (Will
Robinson from Lost in Space, and now one of the principal characters on Babylon 5 -- oh,
and co-author of the song, "Fish Heads" [eat them up yum!]) and another man (a
director) showed up to just kick back with Mark. We had never met before, and we were
busy, so they just kicked back in the living room and stayed quiet while I had the tape
recorder rolling for the last question or two of the interview. After I was done, we all
sat around chatting. Bill finally looked over and asked me who I was, expecting that I was
with one of the tabloids or something. I responded that I was Mark's assistant and Bill
did a huge double-take! Apparently he does not have an assistant! He asked what I did as
his assistant and I mentioned the fan mail and web site. He looked at Mark in total awe,
and Mark instantly went into that same huge stupid grin, slipping his hands behind his
head and beaming with pride thing that he did in "Empire Strikes Back" when Leah
had kissed him in the medical unit and Han was jealous. In that "beaming with
pride" mode, Mark said, "Go on, Sally, tell him about the web site!" I
about lost it laughing so hard! Bill was clearly amazed and impressed and everyone had a
good laugh. The truth is, though, that Mark doesn't even OWN a computer and at that moment
in time had never even seen his own web page!
TheForce.net - WHAT PROJECTS IN THE NEAR FUTURE DOES MARK HAVE LINED
UP? ANY MORE COMICS, MOVIES, GAMES, OR CARTOONS?
SALLY - Oh, boy! Wow.........A LOT. He and his cousin/co-writer,
Eric Johnson, are working hard on their screen adaptation of The Black Pearl, which Mark
hopes to direct. Both are also working on other projects, although that's their major baby
right now. Mark is (even as I sit here typing this) in Florida doing a CotCom thing --
short series of shows for them.
He was asked if he would do Wing Commander V and naturally said
"yes!" I don't know when that will happen, but my guess is possibly later this
year. He is always getting offers to do movies, and did a few last year, but they were
mostly those "made for cable" films -- LaserHawk, for example. He also does a
lot of voice-over work for animated series on TV, and has a new series called "The
Blues Brothers" coming out on one of the cable channels soon. Again, I could go on
TheForce.net - ANY WORD IF MARK WILL HAVE ANY PART IN THE UPCOMING
STAR WARS PROJECTS?
SALLY - No.... The prequels are really Anakin's story and begin
pretty much with his birth. They are set a good 20 years prior to Luke's and Leia's birth,
which places it 40 years or so before the time frame for "Star Wars -- A New
TheForce.net - WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO SEE IN THE NEW STAR WARS TRILOGY
SALLY - I've been told that we will be very sympathetic to Anakin,
that we will follow his life story from his birth on through his turning to the dark side
through the first three movies. What I hope to see is some absolutely incredible special
effects, the few "original cast" we can expect -- C3PO, R2D2, Obiwan, Yoda --
and some wonderful new characters.
TheForce.net - DO YOU THINK THAT THE CHARACTER OF LUKE SKYWALKER
SHOULD GET MARRIED? WHY OR WHY NOT?
SALLY - Actually, I know several Star Wars fans who feel he should.
I tend to agree because it is the natural progression of the story -- of passing the force
down through the family ("The Force is strong in my family," he tells Leia in
Return of the Jedi). One writer friend of mine, Kris Rose, has written a Star Wars story
which has Luke marry. It is an absolutely wonderful story that gives strength to both Luke
and his bride. I would really like to see her get it published. I've seen several versions
people have written about Luke either begin married, or remaining the ever-celebate hero,
but I truly like hers the best, and the idea of Luke passing on the tradition feels right.
TheForce.net - WHO'S MORE OF A STUD, HAN SOLO OR LUKE SKYWALKER?
(ANSWER TRUTHFULLY NOW! IT'S NOT LIKE YOUR JOB'S RIDING ON IT! :) )
SALLY - LOL! Oh, I've always had a thing for Luke. Hands down, Luke
is every woman's heart throb in that set of movies. He is the perfect stud -- innocent,
young, handsome, strong yet vulnerable -- all the qualities that make up the perfect
"stud". Personally, I was hooked the moment I saw him on the
screen...........and still am! (But, don't tell Marilou!) In person, those eyes and that
devilish grin will melt your heart!
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