Saturday, 18 April 2015

5 Fun Facts About Mark Hamill

Fun Facts About Mark Hamill

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Fun Fact Number 1.
Mark Hamill was born in Oakland, California.
Mark almost had a normal childhood, if it wasn't for being raised by his Aunt and Uncle on Tatooine.
It was a peaceful and idyllic life with no worries and not much to do. However, as a result, he turned out to be a spoilt brat. He was asked to one job, and only one job, to fix the generators. And he couldn't even do that.
Instead, he left to search for some droids. As a direct result of him abandoning his family, his Aunt and Uncle were horribly murdered by Klingons. Nice going, Mark.
His parents were the infamous Anakin Skywalker, who became terribly misunderstood as an adult and was severely disabled with an acute breathing problem, and Padmé Amidala, who liked to groom 10-year-old boys.
Fun Fact Number 2.
Mark Hamill was a proper actor and all that
Yes, Mark Hamill was an actual proper jobbing actor when he auditioned for Star Wars. Unlike Harrison Ford who, as we found out in yesterday's blog post (5 Fun Facts About Harrison Ford), just couldn't find the work.
Whereas Ford got a piddly amount for his first Star Wars movie, Mark Hamill earned a whopping $650,000 for his first outing.
That was a pretty big cheque back in 1977.
It wasn't all he earned, though. He negotiated percentage points, giving him a quarter of a percent of the movie's profits and merchandising. Yep, he got the money. Loads of it.
Fun Fact Number 3: Mark Hamill kissed his sister.
And he liked it.
We're not sure which of his four sisters he kissed, but it gave him some much needed practice for when filming started on Star Wars.
One of the big reveals in the original Star Wars movies is that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father. "Luke, I am your father." (a phrase Darth Vader never said).
The other big reveal is that Luke is a sicko who likes to get it on with his sister, Princess Leia.
They snogged. There was some tongue action. Then Hamill finished Frenchie-kissing Jaba The Hut and pounced on Carrie Fisher.
After three minutes of tongue-tennis, Fisher paused and slapped Mark Hamill around the face, proclaiming, "But you're my brother."
Harrison Ford, upon seeing this break in relations, did the only thing he could -- he began kissing Mark Hamill.
Later they find out that Harrison Ford is actually one of Luke Skywalker's brothers.
Fun Fact Number 4
Mark Hamill was in a serious car accident after he filmed the first Star Wars movie.
An X-Wing fighter swiped his car as he was driving along the freeway. It really messed up his face. But they completely rebuilt it.
However, it looked a bit like Lee Majors, so they got Hamill back under the knife and reconstructed it again.
This time he came out looking like a younger version of George Lucas. It has always been suspected that George-Can-Ruin-Anything-Lucas paid the plastic surgeon several thousand Chewbacca figurines to produce a Mini-Me, but those rumours have yet to be confirmed.
Upon noticing the resemblance to George-Mesa-Gonnsa-Destroysa-Thisa-Movie-Sa, Luke Skywalker killed the doctor with his lightsaber and re-did his face using the power of the force.
Rumours they added the Wampa attack to explain the horrific-ness of Hamill's face is nothing but an urban legend.
The scene had been planned for a long time before Hamill's accident.
Fun Fact Number 5
Mark Hamill isn't only famous for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.
Although that's pretty much all anyone is going to remember him for. Obviously not counting his family. They will no doubt remember him as the guy who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Oh, cripes, them as well? Just can't get away from that character.
Mark Hamill is also pretty well known as a voice-actor.
You'd be surprised at how much he has actually done. Here are just a few:
  • The Joker in the Batman animated television series.
  • The Hobgoblin in the Spider-Man cartoon series.
  • A Gargoyle in The Incredible Hulk.
  • Maximus in Fantastic Four.
  • The Trickster in The Flash.
He also guest-starred in the new live version of The Flash as the Trickster, where he got to utter that infamous line, "I am your father."

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