The Star Wars films have taken its heroes to a variety of locations, from dense forests to desolate deserts, a trend The Last Jedi aims to continue. According to star Mark Hamill, filming in Ireland reminded him of an otherworldly feeling he hadn't felt since visiting Tunisia to film scenes on "Tatooine."
"I remember, I had this feeling that rushed over me when I was at the top of [island] Skellig Michael, because the first thing we did on the original Star Wars, before Carrie [Fisher] came over or Harrison [Ford] came over," Hamill told JOE. "I went with Sir Alec [Guinness] and Anthony [Daniels] and Kenny Baker - the two droids - and we went and we did the desert scenes in Tunisia."
"We were out on the salt flats, which was 360 degrees of horizon, because it was built over- nothing grows there, because there was salt water underneath," the actor pointed out. "And in between shots if I turned away and had the crew to my back, you could look out and in this unearthly terrain and the robots by your side and the floating car and the stand, and you're in this outfit... It was very easy to just be transported and really feel like you were in a galaxy far, far away."
The experience is so effective, that devout fans of the saga have taken to traveling to the location in hopes of feeling transported to those fictional planets.
"It was just - y'know, I got the chills," Hamill confessed. "And I never had that feeling again, until - not in Empire, when we went to Norway, it was brutally cold, but snow is snow, I've seen it before," Hamill shared. "In Jedi, we went to the Redwood forest [of northern California], and again, gorgeous, but again, it was something that I was familiar with."
Fans have only briefly seen the location at the end of The Force Awakens, but with Rey traveling to the planet of "Ahch-To" for training, the new film will feature the island frequently.
"Skellig, you're up at the top, and I didn't expect this to happen but I was sort of off to myself, and it was just at sunset, and there was the craggy rocks coming up, and I had that same feeling: 'Oh my gosh, this is like being in another world,'" Hamill admitted.
We'll be able to see just how impressive the island is when The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.