How Filming Star Wars: The Final Jedi Was Like A New Hope For Mark Hamill

It has been a very long time since Mark Hamill filmed the unique Star Wars: A New Hope. Quite a bit has occurred to the actor since then, however there’s one factor he remembers about filming that film that got here again whereas making the most recent entry within the saga. Hamill says the desert of Tunisia and the Island of Skellig Michael have one thing in frequent. In each locations, you’ll be able to really neglect you make a film, because the environments had been each so international to him that he actually felt like he was in a galaxy, far, distant. In keeping with Hamill…

I keep in mind, I had this sense that rushed over me after I was on the prime of Skellig Michael [Island], as a result of the very first thing we did on the unique Star Wars, earlier than Carrie [Fisher] came visiting or Harrison [Ford] came visiting. I went with Sir Alec [Guinness] and Anthony [Daniels] and Kenny Baker — the 2 droids — and we went and we did the desert scenes in Tunisia. We had been out on the salt flats, which was 360 levels of horizon, as a result of it was constructed over- nothing grows there, as a result of there was salt water beneath, and in between photographs if I turned away and had the crew to my again, you possibly can look in and out this unearthly terrain and the robots by your facet and the floating automobile and the stand, and also you’re on this outfit… It was very simple to simply be transported and actually really feel such as you had been in a galaxy far, distant. It was simply — y’know, I received the chills.

Whereas Mark Hamill filmed two extra Star Wars films after the primary, which had been additionally set in distinctive areas, he tells JOE that these films by no means gave him that very same feeling of being someplace else. They had been environments he was aware of, even when he’d by no means been in that exact place earlier than. Nonetheless, the wide-open desert, and the view from the highest of Skellig Michael, had been not like something he’d seen earlier than…

And I by no means had that feeling once more, till — not in Empire, once we went to Norway, it was brutally chilly, however snow is snow, I’ve seen it earlier than. In Jedi, we went to the Redwood forest [of northern California], and once more, attractive, however once more, it was one thing that I used to be aware of. Skellig, you are up on the prime, and I did not count on this to occur however I used to be type of off to myself, and it was simply at sundown, and there was the craggy rocks developing, and I had that very same feeling: ‘Oh my gosh, that is like being in one other world.’

Within the age of digital results, it is simple to create an alien world on a film display screen. Nonetheless, since a lot of that’s added in post-production, it makes it tougher for the actors themselves to imagine that they are actually on one other planet, as they by no means see a lot of what finally ends up on display screen throughout filming. Apparently, the trick is simply to seek out these locations on this planet which can be so not like what the actors are used to, that they really feel actually alien. If Star Wars: A New Hope had by no means been in a position to persuade its viewers that they had been seeing one other galaxy, it is unlikely the franchise would have captured the imaginations of so many individuals. If Star Wars: The Last Jedi is ready to make Star Wars followers really feel the best way they did after they noticed A New Hope for the primary time, then the brand new movie could possibly be one thing actually particular.

We’ll discover out once we lastly get to see Star Wars: The Final Jedi when it arrives December 15.

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