Luke Skywalker is arguably the most popular character in the Star Wars franchise. Rather appropriately, he's portrayed by one of the most popular and likable actors on the planet, Mark Hamill.
Here's a list of 10 things you might not know about Luke Skywalker who was portrayed wonderfully well by Hamill.
- The original drafts for Star Wars show that the Skywalker family was actually called Starkiller. Indeed the drafts featured a General Starkiller and didn’t focus on the young moisture farmer from Tatooine.
- Does the name “Annikin Starkiller” sound familiar? That's the character's original name. The Force Awakens used the name Starkiller for the First Order's planetary-based weapon.
- As the Rebels make their escape from their base on Hoth, it is Hamill who speaks the line, “the first transport is away!” This line is later used as a reference to Star Wars in Mass Effect 3.
- Everyone assumes Luke only appeared in the three original Star Wars films. Think about it for a moment and you’ll realize Skywalker appears as a baby at the end of Revenge of the Sith following Padme Amidala giving birth to him and Leia at the medical facility on Polis Massa. The character, of course, had a cameo in The Force Awakens and an extended role in The Last Jedi.
- In the extended universe books, Luke falls in love with Mara Jade and has a child called Ben, named in honor of Obi-Wan Kenobi. This concept was stolen for The Force Awakens and Kylo Ren bears the Ben name.
- Luke Skywalker is 1.72 meters tall, which means he is 63 cm taller than the little droid that could, R2-D2.
- Three of our favorite Luke quotes:
“But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!”
“Threepio, tell them if they don't do as you wish, you'll become angry and use your magic!”
“I'll not leave you here. I've got to save you.”
- Mark Hamill never really set the movie world alive post-Star Wars, perhaps due to the strong association with him being Skywalker. However, in the last twenty years, he has made a name for himself as an excellent voice actor for many cartoons, most notably playing Batman's iconic nemesis, The Joker.
- While Luke Skywalker is right-handed, Mark Hamill is actually a lefty.
- The way Mark Hamill got the part of Luke Skywalker is classic Hollywood. Robert Englund, who eventually became famous as A Nightmare on Elm Street's dream killer Freddy Kruger, was auditioning for a part in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now when he noticed auditions for Star Wars were also happening at the same time. At that point, he suggested to his young friend Hamill that he should audition. The rest is history.
As a side note, it's interesting to point out that even though Hamill never became as big as Harrison Ford in the box office earnings stakes, he's a much-loved actor – and in that sense is very similar to Star Trek's late Leonard Nimoy. He was never able to escape that character and so, like Hamill, he embraced his identity as Spock.
Both Hamill and Nimoy have parlayed the close association with their characters into long-term careers with a hint of “knowing” about them.
Check out Hamill taking the mickey out of himself in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back for instance.