Fans camped out overnight to finally catch a glimpse of Luke Skywalker's return when Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered in theaters. But for the actor who plays the character, it's almost a scary experience to journey back to the galaxy far, far away.
Mark Hamill revealed to StarWars.com that he doesn't get excited about returning to Star Wars as much as he gets intimated by it.
"Everyone says, 'Oh, it must be so fun coming back to Star Wars.' Yeah, it's fun but it's also hugely intimidating and bordering on terrifying, because it's just almost too high profile for comfort," said Hamill.
In celebration of his birthday, Hamill discussed his wide-ranging career as an actor when he mentioned Rian Johnson's impressive ability to undertake such a project.
He has worked with five different directors throughout his time in the Star Wars franchise, and countless more in other projects across film, television, Broadway, and video games. So when he praises the talents of Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Johnson, he's speaking from decades of experience.
"On something like The Last Jedi, it's such a massive production," Hamill said. "The complexity of it is just mind-boggling to me, and how Rian Johnson stays so even-tempered and amiable. I never saw him lose his temper, I never heard him curse or humiliate someone. You know, I've had directors that dress people down in front of the whole crew. I was so lucky to be able to have his guidance."
Hamill spoke about the difference between the newest Star Wars film and the recent low-budget comedy movie he appeared in called Brigsby Bear.
"I was on one set, and I'm not giving anything away because Rian has already talked about a casino sequence. The set, with 150 actors all dressed in prosthetics and puppetry and robots — that set alone could probably easily have financed 100 Brigsby Bears," Hamill said. "It was easily one of the most opulent sets I've ever been on."
The production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi impressed Hamill so much that he would observe the filming in scenes that he had nothing to do with.
"I'm fascinated not by just the scenes I'm in. When I had free time I would go and observe all these different actors and all these different scenes. The amount of talent that just is unrecognized," Hamill said. "That's why the credits run for an hour and a half. Because it takes thousands of people to successfully mount an epic of this size."
We'll get to see those 90 minute credits when Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters December 15.