Mark Hamill Shows Off the Earliest Known Luke Skywalker Photo

Sunday, 19 March 2017 - 10:45AM
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Sunday, 19 March 2017 - 10:45AM
Mark Hamill Shows Off the Earliest Known Luke Skywalker Photo
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The original Star Wars is now about 40 years old. Since then, Luke Skywalker has remained a household name which still shows up absolutely everywhere, and will continue to do just that in The Last Jedi at the end of this year.

Now that all that perspective is out of the way, actor Mark Hamill showed off an old photo taken of him during the first day of production for A New Hope (then just called Star Wars), one he believes is the first Luke Skywalker photo ever taken. Also appearing in the background are some jawas:

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"Taken in Tunisia early morning Day #1 waiting for my 1st shot (emerging from home for robot auction) - Perhaps the very 1st #LukePic"
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The appearance of jawas actually makes sense, because this happened just before the scene where Luke walks out into Tattooine (filmed in Tunisia, and obviously the second sun was added in post) to buy the two droids that would kick off the rest of the story, C-3PO and R2-D2. The photo was taken by Ann Skinner, the film's Continuity Supervisor.

And if Hamill looks tired, it's because he was very tired. Answering a fan's question about whether or not he was happy to be out there, since he does look sort of winded, Hamill said he was feeling a mixture of excitement over what could be (and was) his big break, and exhaustion over how early and dusty it was.

There's a good chance everyone else was just as tired, even that early into filming. After three years of pre-production spent trying to find investors, the cast and crew arrived in Tunisia without everything completely prepared, and found that most of the good hotels were already filled with other production crews who'd shown up first. Everybody ended up in cramped, shoddy hotels, and producer Gary Kurtz later said that if filming lasted longer than two weeks, they would "have had a riot" on their hands.

But Star Wars ended up being massively huge, and a major part of popular culture even today. It launched Hamill's career as a prominent actor and voice actor, and it started with this photo.

Luke will return in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which comes out December 15, 2017.

Via: Inverse
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