Mark Hamill — aka Luke Skywalker, Hero of the Rebellion — is on Twitter, and he’s marvelous. He communicates with fans, he jokes around, and he sometimes does the Star Wars behind-the-scenes trivia.
Here are some of the interesting Star Wars facts that Mark has tweeted over the years:
1. According to Mark, the original title for A New Hope was: The Adventures of Luke Starkiller As Taken From the Journal of the Whills Saga Number One: The Star Wars.
Copied almost exactly from title-page of 1st script w/ Luke's original surname: #Starkiller–#LongestAutographEverLOL https://t.co/WgIrFmVqFv
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 16, 2016
2. Sir Alec Guinness didn’t like it when people addressed him with his title, and even gave Mark a “fairly firm” slap in the face after he called him “Sir Alec” too many times.
I always called him "Sir" Alec until one day he tapped me twice on the cheek, followed by a fairly firm slap! Him: "I want to be known by my name, NOT my accolade!"
Me: "Can I call you "Big Al?"
Both of us: ?? (a LOT)#TrueStory https://t.co/uv3jM45YYs
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 24, 2018
3. Mark would tease Carrie Fisher about how Luke should be considered royalty as well…which Carrie VEHEMENTLY disagreed with.
Me: Wait a minute…If Luke is Princess Leia's brother, does that make me royalty?
Carrie: (immediately w/ no hesitation) NO!!!
Me: OK-relax! Just asking… (So began a yrs-long tease of mine) You sure? LORD Vader-QUEEN Amidala & I'm the only commoner? Carrie:? Me:? #TrueStory https://t.co/mQEiMiORt3
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 15, 2019
4. The reveals concerning Vader/Luke and Luke/Leia weren’t written in the script in order to keep them a secret. The cast (including Mark) were told just a few days before filming those scenes.
In both cases it wasn't in the script to try to keep it a secret. I was told at the last moment just days before filming each scene.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 19, 2018
5. In fact, during filming, the line in The Empire Strikes Back was “Obi Wan killed your father.” Mark, George Lucas, and director Irvin Kershner were the only ones who knew what the real line would be when James Earl Jones recorded it later on.
During filming line was "Obi Wan killed your father" Besides George & Irvin- I was the ONLY one who knew what that line would eventually be. https://t.co/RVJzDztvAh
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 31, 2017
6. George Lucas reportedly claimed “there’s no underwear in space” to explain Mark’s wardrobe.
That was the t-shirt I wore under my #EmpireStrikesBack uniform. It was strategically torn to match the damaged jacket so you would see skin & not the t-shirt. These pictures were suppressed for years because George said: "There's no underwear in space." Seriously.?#TrueStory https://t.co/3pl1VzN2ib
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 2, 2019
7. Mark once made a pun so terrible that George pushed him into the trash compactor water.
"Pardon me George, could this be Dia Noga poo-poo?"?#TrueStory https://t.co/mSAWCQ0fMd
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 23, 2019
8. Mark idolized Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) and would hang out on set even when he wasn’t on the call sheet.
I was single, living in a 1-room flat in London during the original movie. I'm in street-clothes since I wasn't working, but would come to the studio anyway, to watch them film, hang-out w/ friends & on this day in particular-have lunch w/ 1 of my idols: Peter Cushing! #TrueStory https://t.co/oMzUiJIHf7
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) October 9, 2019
9. Mark had to provide his actual face for this shot from ESB because the prop head they made wasn’t convincing enough.
It was my head protruding through an opening in the set floor as I stood below-My prop head was tested but rejected. https://t.co/10mUunERWB
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 22, 2016
10. The blue milk in ANH was so gross it made Mark gag.
Blue milk was "Long Life" milk (used by campers because no refrigeration is needed) w/ blue food coloring. Oily, warm & slightly sweet, it literally made me gag, but I was determined to drink it on-camera. It was an acting challenge to appear as though I enjoyed it. ? #TrueStory https://t.co/L9XNJXxsU7
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 9, 2019
11. However, the green milk in The Last Jedi was just delicious coconut water!
The green milk was just regular coconut water dyed green in post-production.#TrueStory #Yum ? https://t.co/1ZHd4Q3HMS
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 7, 2019
12. Mark wore an earpiece in order to properly hear Frank Oz’s lines during his scenes with Yoda. According to Mark, his earpiece would sometimes pick up radio signals.
I wore a small ear-piece to hear @TheFrankOzJam speaking. Occasionally I'd pickup radio signals & instead of his dialogue I'd hear The Rolling Stones' Fool To Cry?or other pop singles. I learned to ignore that & wait for Yoda's lips to stop moving to cue my next line. #TrueStory https://t.co/8bbUV9uTXx
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 13, 2019
13. Speaking of Frank Oz, he was not a fan of the cast and crew doing Yoda impressions (which apparently they did often), as he was afraid it would influence his version of the voice.
.@TheFrankOzJam did NOT. When shooting #EmpireStrikesBack-we all were doing Yoda impressions ("Hungry are you? To lunch we must go!")-Frank finally asked us to please stop because our goofy versions were influencing him & a distraction from the only one that mattered.?#TrueStory https://t.co/BAjESnDkcI
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 2, 2019
14. Most of the actors playing X-wing pilots in the Death Star attack in ANH were wearing shorts to keep cool.
Because of a record heatwave in England when we filmed the original #StarWars, most of the pilots wore only the top-half of their costume, attacking the Death Star wearing shorts. #TrueStory https://t.co/RSgZRneft9
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 5, 2019
15. Mark didn’t get to read the full script for A New Hope until after he was cast, and had a little regret that he couldn’t play Darth Vader.
I didn't get to read the whole script until AFTER I got the job. When I finished reading it, I wished I was taller because Vader was my favorite character. Scary AND cool. Why do we always want things we can't have?
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 5, 2019
16. George Lucas would say “it’s only a movie” to quell arguments among the actors about scene choices.
Whenever Harrison, Carrie & I would argue about something in a scene, George would tell us: "It's only a movie."
Watching this man's reaction reminds me that to countless fans around the world, it's much, much more than we ever dreamed it was. #UltraPassionateFan ? https://t.co/0pfilI1nRl
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) October 24, 2019
17. Mark popped a blood vessel in his eye while shooting the trash compactor scene.
I purposely made myself red-faced for a strangulated look, causing a blood vessel in my eye to burst. Afterwards-they had to shoot carefully to hide it until I healed. George told me I should've asked him 1st because w/ the lighting & red-filters it made no difference. #TrueStory https://t.co/877pbC6AWP
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 5, 2019
18. Mark once flunked a Star Wars trivia quiz.
He asked: "How did Luke Skywalker lose his green lightsaber?" He seemed so informed, sincere & innocent. How was I supposed to know he was setting me up with a trick question? FUN FACT: I once flunked a #StarWars trivia quiz. #TrueStory https://t.co/3A2EbrZmxj
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 17, 2019