Mark Hamill skyrocketed to fame as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: A New Hope,” released in 1977. He has bid farewell after portraying the iconic character in numerous films and spinoffs.
During an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the 71-year-old actor expressed that he never anticipated becoming an enduring figure in popular culture.
Hamill humbly stated that he never expected he would leave the Luke Skywalker character as an iconic legacy. His primary goal was simply to pursue his passion and make a living doing what the thing he loved.
Being associated with Luke Skywalker isn’t so bad in the grand scheme. Fans consider him to be an admirable character.”
While appearing in “The Mandalorian” on Disney+, Hamill confirmed that he has no plans to revisit his role as Skywalker in future productions. He didn’t see any compelling reason to continue playing the character.
Hamill clarified that countless narratives are waiting to be told, and they no longer require the presence of Luke. He felt he had done enough.
Hamill, presently starring in “The Machine” alongside Bert Kreischer, also discussed his involvement in lending his distinctive voice to “Air Alert,” a downloadable app linked to Ukraine’s air defense system.
The app alerts Ukrainians about incoming air raids through sirens and warns them of potential Russian missiles, bombs, and deadly drones.
He expressed his satisfaction in contributing actively instead of idly observing and venting frustrations at the television.
Previously, he commended Ukraine’s remarkable resilience amid devastating circumstances during an interview with The Associated Press.
Hamill drew parallels between Ukraine’s ongoing struggle against the Russian invasion, now entering its second year and the narrative of the “Star Wars” saga.
He viewed the Ukrainian people’s unwavering determination and heroic response as reminiscent of the timeless battle between good and evil.
Lending his voice and adding his unique “Star Wars” touch to the English-language version of the air-raid app was his way of helping the Ukraine war effort.