A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, people didn’t know what Star Wars was. Every interview featuring the original cast had to try explain exactly what this great big space opera was all about. Where do you start?
Thankfully, Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill was really, really good at making the movie sound beautifully simple.
Just watch this clip of his very first interview on BBC kids’ show Blue Peter to see what we mean.
How does Hamill explain Star Wars to wide-eyed British children?
“It’s the stuff that fairytales are made of,” he says simply.
“We have a fairy princess, we have an innocent farm boy who yearns for adventure. Alec Guinness is a wise old wizard who teaches me a mystical Force, somewhat like Merlin would teach a young King Arthur. Harrison Ford plays Han Solo, a cynical space pirate who we hire to transport us through the galaxy.”
Maybe it’s the retro setting; maybe it’s that iconic Blue Peter badge. But something about that description makes it all sound so simple, so stripped down and wonderful.
If only we could all be kids again before The Force Awakens.
Both clips featured here are from a new BBC iPlayer documentary, Star Wars At The BBC, featuring archive clips from the Star Wars cast on everything from Blue Peter to chat show Ask Aspel.