Mark Hamill Talks In Detail About What He Wants To See In STAR WARS EPISODE VII

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) talks about his surprise at finding out that he would be reunited with the original cast for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII, his desire for the new film to "find a proper balance between CGI and old school FX" and much more! Check it out.

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By Josh Wilding - 5/5/2013

Mark Hamill made a special guest appearance at last night's EW CapeTown Film Festival 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi, and IGN Movies has compiled a selection of quotes from his Q&A session with those lucky enough to be in attendance. Looking back on the making of that film, Hamill recalled George Lucas approaching him about his idea for more trilogies. "I don’t even think I believed that the third trilogy would feature us. I thought it would be all different characters. To my knowledge, we were just going to do a beginning, a middle and an end [in the original trilogy] and it was over." When it came to Episode VII, the actor - who in one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood STILL hasn't been confirmed as appearing in the J.J. Abrams helmed sequel - once again mentioned his meeting with Lucas and Carrie Fisher last year. "We were trying to figure out, ‘What’s he going to talk about?’ Wait a second, I think he’s going to release these in 3D. Maybe he’s going to ask us to do publicity or something.’ We just had no idea. But my wife said, ‘What if he says, ‘We’re going to do more movies'?' I said, ‘Yeah, right!’ It wasn’t even on the radar for me, at all."

It was at this point that Hamill finally made specific mention of his involvement in Episode VII, confirming that he has met with them at least once. "I’ve only had one creative meeting about the new films, but I do remember saying, ‘We’ve got to find a proper balance between CGI and old school [FX]." This should come as music to the ears of those who found themselves cringing at the heavy use of green screen in the prequels. "That’s what the challenge is," he added. "To try and meet expectations of what you guys want. I think there’s nothing wrong with CGI, but I think you have to have a balance, because the camera perceives the width and the depth and the weight – even if it’s a miniature model, the camera just realizes that. So when you have too much CGI and the clouds are CGI and the trees are CGI and the buildings are CGI, you’re getting to a point where the figure in the shot is like a hybrid of an animated film and live-action. And I want it to have an organic look so that we don’t get into Roger Rabbit territory. But I don’t imagine that the priority is what I want!"

Finally, when one fan told Hamill that they would like to see Luke Skywalker as a Jedi Master in the film (similar to Obi Wan Kenobi and Yoda in the original trilogy), the actor revealed that he would like to see the exact same thing and a Luke who is "Heavy on the Jedi mind tricks, less on the lightsaber duels. That one in Empire nearly killed me! Six weeks I’m being beaten within a n inch of my life on a daily basis! It was awful! And then it’s cut down to like six minutes. ‘Eh, it’s no big deal.’" Be sure to sound off with your thoughts on these comments below!


Source: IGN Movies
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Wildaniel - 5/5/2013, 11:00 AM
I saw a group of Storm Troopers at Walmart yesterday, they even had that voice changer thing that gives them that classic storm trooper voice. It was awesome!
MrAgamotto - 5/5/2013, 11:00 AM
@LEVI that's because the storm troopers aren't clones, they are random people.
Reasonnnn - 5/5/2013, 11:03 AM
More strippers and cocaine too!
DutchMovieFan - 5/5/2013, 11:09 AM
He really knows what he is talking about! Keep it up Mr. Hamill
billytwohats - 5/5/2013, 11:20 AM
He's always great to listen to. Don't really mind what happens in the next movies as long as Mr Hamill gets a decent role. If you ever get a chance listen to his appearance on the Kevin Smith podcast awesome.
ndwwrestler2 - 5/5/2013, 11:21 AM
I hate to say it...but less lightsabers would probably make it better because it will make the time you see a lightsaber seem excting.

In the original trilogy altogether the lightsaber was probably ignited 5 times at the most. In the prequels, it seemed like an ignited lightsaber had dialogue of its own.

The one good thing you could say about the prequels were that they had some really dope lightsabers fights. But the lightsabers seemed to lose their cool factor, when it was ignited so many times before.

TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 5/5/2013, 11:23 AM
Please... Calm your tits on the lightsabers, please.
MitchConner - 5/5/2013, 11:27 AM
Yea its too bad Hamill didn't do a lot more in his later career (like Ford), he seems like a pretty cool dude
MrYurMomm - 5/5/2013, 11:31 AM
I always thought to myself that if I ever became a big time film director, I would use miniatures for my special effects. There's just something about them that makes it feel more real, and that id use CGI to add extra particles, enhance the shadows, give more depth to backdrops, etc.

Best example for miniatures I can think of is Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
UltimateWarrior - 5/5/2013, 11:36 AM
MrArgomotto: No, there clones of Jango Fett.
TheSuperguy - 5/5/2013, 11:41 AM
I wanna see him back as Luke, but I also want to see him back as Joker in a killing joke animated movie. Hamill is the man.
tqb - 5/5/2013, 11:41 AM
Jollem - 5/5/2013, 11:41 AM
that's what i'm talkin' about, HamillMan
ComfortablyNumb - 5/5/2013, 11:44 AM
Hamill is my childhood hero.
ComfortablyNumb - 5/5/2013, 11:45 AM
Tqb. Is that real?
HughJasol - 5/5/2013, 11:45 AM
I agree with this Hamill fella. More real sets/practical effects mixed in with CGI.
stoptheworld - 5/5/2013, 11:46 AM
Can I haz female protagonist pwease? :3
billytwohats - 5/5/2013, 11:49 AM
Yeah totally agree with lightsabres tease it with glimpses then the big finale.
jlabatman - 5/5/2013, 11:49 AM
Hamill is the da man! He could never do anything outside sci-fi/CB related stuff, it's where u belong dude!
bluedude - 5/5/2013, 11:51 AM
cant wait for star wars 7
bluedude - 5/5/2013, 11:52 AM
i hav no idea why he doesnt want to do joker anymore! But hes awesome he can whatever he wants
Valandil - 5/5/2013, 11:52 AM
He is totally right about that cgi stuff..
PsyGuy - 5/5/2013, 11:56 AM
Avengers was all CGI and it was fine. It's not the early 2000s anymore, things have changed!

Please just leave him with his small part and give him nothing else.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 5/5/2013, 11:57 AM
"I’ve only had one creative meeting about the new films, but I do remember saying, ‘We’ve got to find a proper balance between CGI and old school [FX]

Yup. A big part of why the prequels sucked. What made the originals so good was its use of practical effects.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 5/5/2013, 11:58 AM
God, I hate the prequels with a passion.
MrMartinMarvel - 5/5/2013, 12:05 PM
He understands Star Wars better than George Lucas! Now that I think about it I don't think Lucas even understands Star Wars at all.
GIFfreyGinsberg - 5/5/2013, 12:15 PM
"And I want it to have an organic look so that we don’t get into Roger Rabbit territory."

Mark Hamill, I frickin' love you!!!
herb - 5/5/2013, 12:47 PM


I find your over-use of CGI disturbing...
OrgasmicPotatoe - 5/5/2013, 12:49 PM
When Luke Skywalker and The Joker tells you to find a balance between CGI and practical effects, you find a [frick]in balance between CGI and practical effects and shut your mouth.

Else, he'll carve a smile on your face with his lightsaber.
ScabbyJ - 5/5/2013, 12:53 PM
If its JJ Abrams, you don't have to worry about practical & CG fusions. That's his thing.
skidz - 5/5/2013, 12:54 PM
He's definitely got the right ideas. I hope the next three put the franchise back on track.
ComicBookGoth - 5/5/2013, 1:16 PM
old jango dna spread thin = shitty troopers.
SamHell - 5/5/2013, 1:19 PM
Ill buy that for a dollar


and dont change that classic SW logo either..been seeing a lot of that alt. logo sh!t flying around here too.
SpectacularJoShFest - 5/5/2013, 1:23 PM
Last time I said Star Wars didn't need lighstabers I got trashed to no end...and now everyone's okay with it...who gets you, guys?
Any way, yeah...lighstaber duels is the one thing they don't need to centre the movies around,you want lighstaber fights? Youtube has a shitload of content you may like...I really hope this is about the story and the characters and not fancy CGI no one but [frick]ing George Lucas care about.
Hamill knows his shit.
TheRedSkull - 5/5/2013, 1:27 PM
Listen to the Clown Prince of Crime! Damn he knows what he's talking about
Richardness - 5/5/2013, 1:39 PM
Give Mark, Carrie, and Harrison a small cameo at most, maybe Mark a bit more as the wise jedi master, but have them in smaller roles and have the torch passed on to a new generation. This can't just be a nostalgic nerdgasm for fans. These being made is that already, but you can't rely on nostalgia too much...looking at you Crystal Skull
Danbojohnj - 5/5/2013, 1:56 PM
Nail on the head Sir Luke
sephiroth211 - 5/5/2013, 2:01 PM
Hey Mr. Hamill...



Love what you're saying guy...make sure the suits listen to you, ok mate?
Slider13 - 5/5/2013, 2:07 PM
Lets be real people, Mr. Hamill has definitely lost a step or two since Jedi and the CGI is the only thing that's going to keep him from looking like Louie Anderson, Jedi Master. That being said I can't wait to see the sequels...
Fogs - 5/5/2013, 2:14 PM
Hammill knows best.
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