Following the sudden loss of his Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher late last year, Mark Hamill took to Twitter to express his shock and sadness about losing his “space twin” in an emotional post that left us all deeply moved.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 28, 2016
Now, the man known around the globe as Luke Skywalker, has written an amazing essay for The Hollywood Reporter where he recalls meeting and working with Fisher before Star Wars was released becoming an instant smash hit.
“We had no idea the impact Star Wars would have on the world,”
“I remember we were out on tour right before the movie opened. By the time we got to Chicago, there was a crowd at the airport. I said, ‘Hey look, you guys, there must be somebody famous on the plane.”
“I was looking around to see who it might be. And then in the crowd I saw a kid dressed in a Han Solo vest. Then I saw girl dressed like Princess Leia. I said, ‘Oh my God, look, Carrie, there’s somebody dressed just like you. She’s got the buns on her head!'”
Hamill also reminisced about his first meeting with Fisher prior to filming.
“I was just bowled over. I mean she was just so instantly ingratiating and funny and outspoken. She had a way of just being so brutally candid. I’d just met her but it was like talking to a person you’d known for ten years.”
“She was telling me stuff about her stepfather, about her mom, about Eddie Fisher — it was just harrowing in its detail. I kept thinking, ‘Should I know this?’ I mean, I wouldn’t have shared that with somebody that I had trusted for years and years and years. But she was the opposite. She just sucked you into her world.”
He also writes about how he would dress up and muck around to help put a smile on her face.
“The lengths I would go to hear her laugh – there were no limits. I loved her and loved making her laugh. She would do these crazy things and make me do these crazy things, but I really don’t think they were crazy after all.”
“In a way, it was a defence mechanism for her. She was so off the wall, she could use it as protection.”
“Part of what was so poignant about her was that she was vulnerable, that there was this glimmer of a little girl that was so appealing and it roused the protective nature in my personality.”
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