It's rare if a day goes by without some sort of story regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is still more than 10 months away from hitting theaters this December. The first trailer released in November was widely praised, but still left fans with more questions than answers, which has paved the way for countless rumors to surface about the highly-guarded story line. While doing press for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which hits theaters next week, Mark Hamill had some interesting comments regarding the fan anticipation which keeps growing by the day. Here's what he had to say, advising fans to "forget about" the movie for awhile, because if they build it up too much, fans will be disappointed.
"I wish people would just relax. We're not trying to play games with people. We just want to maximize their experience at the movies where it should be seen and not have it leaked over the Internet. Believe me, it will be here before you know it. Forget about it, that's my advice. Look forward to all the summer movies. I'm telling you, it's just a movie. These people that build it up in their minds like it's going to be the second coming of, I don't know what - they're bound to be disappointed. It's exciting from the standpoint that it's the first of the movies in that universe that's conceived and directed by the fan generation. We've never had that before. Now, Larry Kasdan is one of the old-timers like us, but the captain of the ship is J.J. Abrams and he was a fan of the series, which I find very interesting. They're going to have an input into how things are done in a way that was impossible in the more autonomous period of George (Lucas)'s reign. I hope it's a hit!"
He also compared star-struck fans who meet him, who can barely put together a sentence, to how he felt when he first met The Beatles' George Harrison. He added that he "didn't have a problem with the prequels," and confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is more about "the new generation" than original Star Wars cast members like himself, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
"Occasionally you'll meet fans that feel the way I did when I met George Harrison. You just feel like if you open your mouth you're going to lose it. You're re-reminded of the impact that it had on some people. It had a beginning, a middle and an end for me. It was nice, but it was over. I didn't have a problem with the prequels because it was like they're playing with my toys but I'm not in the rec room anymore. I've moved out of the house. I didn't feel possessive of it in any way, shape or form. The same when they were planning this third set of stories. I would have been completely OK with it not including us, but I do think having the original cast members there gives it a sense of continuity and scope. But mind you, it's really about the new generation, it's not about us."
What do you think about Mark Hamill's comments? Will you be able to "forget" about Star Wars: The Force Awakens for 10 more months until it hits theaters? While it may be sound advice from the actor, it seems almost impossible that the legions of die-hard Star Wars fans will simply stop thinking about a movie many have been anticipating for decades, even before the prequel trilogy. We'll have to wait and see if fans actually heed his advice, as unlikely as that may be.