Mark Hamill on Harrison Ford’s Star Wars injury and that contractual beard

“We’re just there to lend support, and grow contractually obligated beards,” says Hamill of Star Wars Episode VII

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher may be back together on the set of Star Wars for JJ Abrams’s Episode VII, but they’re just there to aid the new cast, Hamill jokes.


“We’re just there to lend support, and grow contractually obliged beards,” he tells the BBC.

Well, he’s certainly got the beard down pat. The Star Wars newbies Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac are probably taking notes.

But what of Harrison Ford? His on-set injury, which reportedly had a little something to do with the door of the Millennium Falcon, has seen Han Solo and his gilet out of action for weeks.

“It’ll take more than that to stop Harrison Ford,” Hamill confirms.

Hamill himself seems to still be getting his head around the fact that they’re even working together again.

“I still can’t believe it’s happening and to go on those sets that evoke so many memories, is just astonishing.

“We had a beginning, a middle, and an end – I never thought we’d come back,” he says of the original series of films.

Although, Hamill seems to be on board with the direction the story of Luke Skywalker is going.

“You immediately understand who these people are and relate to them.

“It really has the spirit of that whole universe, in other words the characters are so relatable and I think that’s the most important think because no matter what kind of special effects you have, the audience has to be able to identify with each of the characters.”


Star Wars Episode VII is expected in cinemas on 18 December 2015