Did Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill Get Along On the ‘Star Wars’ Set?
“You’re all clear, kid, now let’s blow this thing and go home!”
Those words from Han Solo in the original Star Wars movie cemented the bond between him and Luke Skywalker as the smuggler set aside his reward and returned to join the fight.
Now, more than 40 years later, Mark Hamill continues to pay homage to Harrison Ford, even though the latter has parted ways with George Lucas’ creation.
Can you imagine Harrison Ford in the thriller ‘Carrie?’
Ford and Hamill met more than 40 years ago when they both auditioned for Star Wars and Carrie. Those movies wouldn’t seem to have much in common except that both were directed by the so-called movie brats who included Lucas and Brian De Palma.
They were casting their films at the same time, so they held auditions at the same time.
Hamill said on Twitter: “My screen-test for @starwars w/ Harrison on the 1st day I ever met him. Neither 1 of us had read the script at this point, only this 1 scene. I asked George what kind of movie it was-‘Let’s just do it, we’ll talk about that later We never did talk about it later-we just did it.”
And the rest, as they say, is Star Wars history. Here’s another tidbit: Most of George Lucas’ famous director friends didn’t understand Lucas’ movie when he showed them a rough cut.
Only Steven Spielberg saw the potential, and he of course, would get his own series with Harrison Ford via Indiana Jones. However, according to the Wookiepedia, De Palma did help Lucas by rewriting and condensing the iconic opening crawl to make it punchier.
Luke and Han didn’t get a goodbye
One of the many things fans dislike about The Last Jedi was that Luke never really got to mourn Han, who had died at the hands of Kylo Ren, his own son, in The Force Awakens.
Hamill himself expressed regret this scene never happened either, telling Den of Geek:
“I just thought, Luke’s never going to see his best friend again. You look at it in a self-centred way. I said that it was a big mistake that those three people would never reunite in any way. I guess I was wrong, because nobody seems to care! I have to stipulate that I care, but it didn’t really seem to affect the larger audience. Luke, Han and Leia will never be together again, and I’ll probably never get to work with Harrison again.”
Of course, in the real world, sometimes you don’t get say to goodbye either. Cast and fans alike felt that acutely with Carrie Fisher’s untimely death in 2016, after she completed The Last Jedi. However, she will reappear in The Rise of Skywalker via previously unused footage.
How does Harrison Ford feel about Mark Hamill?
Ford has generally been less verbose about Star Wars than Hamill, seemingly preferring to leave the whole thing behind him, although Ford did appear at the opening of Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland in May with Hamill, Lucas, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise the role of Lando Calrissian in Episode IX.
Many fans know that Ford thought Han should have died in Return of the Jedi, and finally getting that moment in Force Awakens surely appealed to him. But he did have something to say about Hamill recently when Ford learned that Hamill, who is particularly skilled with voices, had done an impression of Ford.
“He can have the job,” Ford said to Jimmy Fallon after he played the clip on The Tonight Show. “That’s pretty good. That’s me.”
Ford might have gotten an even bigger reaction had he said, “That’s three you owe me, junior.”