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2012-11-03 02:24:42 PM
anybody else notice that the freezeframe shot on the player before you hit play makes Mark Hamill look a little... well, ...Down's?
 
2012-11-03 02:32:25 PM
never mind, its not just the freezeframe, its the hair
 
2012-11-03 03:20:00 PM

Keigh: never mind, its not just the freezeframe, its the hair


Also he had a car accident before that interview, and his face got scarred up as a result.
 
2012-11-03 03:50:16 PM
I get the sense watching this that when Lucas talked to Hamill or anyone about anything beyond the original three movies, there was a half-druggie quasi-religious vibe of inconsistency about everything. We've all been over the fact that Lucas made up the whole "I had the whole thing planned" bullshiat but I think it's clear somewhere around Empire and Jedi he wanted to do more, and Hamill's confusion as to what the fark was going on to me implies that Lucas really wanted to do more, already had the "I've made it all up already" thing going, but had no idea where he wanted to go next, so he just waffled on about random crap he was thinking about at the time - and since this was the 80s, people still assumed he was a genius and took what he said to heart.

Nowadays, Lucas or not, we're too cynical to hear "Other plan of existence or you know, just another character altogether" and not assume you're full of crap.

Honestly I hope someone just comes along, looks at what Star Wars is at it's core, and tries to make something fun. Star Wars has already been ruined but the universe is cool and I like lightsabers. So just I dunno, set it in Jedi's future and do some crazy crap and call it a day.

Also, poor Mark Hamill. I'm glad he found a place in his career after Star Wars. There seems to be a little bit of a lost look in his eye in that interview. The trilogy is over and he's seeing his career flash before his eyes, and a lot of it was working with muppets.
 
2012-11-03 03:52:28 PM

Rincewind53: Keigh: never mind, its not just the freezeframe, its the hair

Also he had a car accident before that interview,Empire Strikes Back and his face got scarred up as a result.


that's why they wrote the Wampa scene. I wasn't until 18 years after RotJ that Lucas decided not to make 7-9.
 
2012-11-03 06:48:13 PM
I'd forgotten what a hotty Maria Shriver was back then.
 
2012-11-03 06:52:52 PM
Goddammit! The video cut out before I could find out the most important components of a perfect bucket of theater popcorn! This is bullshiat!


Repo Man: I'd forgotten what a hotty Maria Shriver was back then.


LOL WUT?
 
2012-11-03 06:56:07 PM
Look at Maria Shriver's hairdo. lol
 
2012-11-03 07:07:02 PM
George Lucas, the most private movie mogul ever? This interview was done after Howard Hughes' movie days AND Roman Polanski's exile from America.
 
2012-11-03 07:07:37 PM
Man, Star Wars had every right to be a cheesy, throw-away, 70's sci-fi flick. But everything went right for it. Even things they thought had gone wrong (including in some opinions, the whole film), ended up for the better.

I can't think of of any film like it. Maybe Iron Man, which was apparently one giant ad-lib.
 
2012-11-03 07:29:01 PM

Repo Man: I'd forgotten what a hotty Maria Shriver was back then.


SundaesChild: Look at Maria Shriver's hairdo. lol


These.

/Those?
 
2012-11-03 07:48:34 PM
Lucas apparently wrote "detailed" story treatments for VII, VIII, IX just this summer. I'm not sure his ideas for a sequel trilogy had much substance until the Disney deal motivated him. The $4 billion price tag depends on being able to make new movies. The first new movies need a George Lucas story outline to be legitimate.
 
2012-11-03 08:02:18 PM
A few thoughts:

Maria Shriver actually looked like a human once.

George Lucas was obsessively distrustful.

As tempting as it probably certainly was in the 80's, Mark Hamill never believed the hype. He was an actor cast in an amazingly popular, genre-defining film, but at the end of the day, it was just a well-paying role. Nowadays, such humility is astoundingly rare, as evidenced by any actors involved in Twilight and/or Harry Potter.
 
2012-11-03 08:16:48 PM

Funbags: A few thoughts:

Maria Shriver actually looked like a human once.

George Lucas was obsessively distrustful.

As tempting as it probably certainly was in the 80's, Mark Hamill never believed the hype. He was an actor cast in an amazingly popular, genre-defining film, but at the end of the day, it was just a well-paying role. Nowadays, such humility is astoundingly rare, as evidenced by any actors involved in Twilight and/or Harry Potter.


Hear, hear. Totally agree. That guy was Pattinson or LeBouf times a thousand. Totally down to earth and admirable, as opposed to any celebrity lately.
 
2012-11-03 08:19:14 PM

dstanley: Repo Man: I'd forgotten what a hotty Maria Shriver was back then.

SundaesChild: Look at Maria Shriver's hairdo. lol

These.

/Those?


I couldn't focus on Star Wars because I was so scared that her head was going to collapse under the weight of that hair.
 
2012-11-03 08:34:47 PM

Nem Wan: Lucas apparently wrote "detailed" story treatments for VII, VIII, IX just this summer. I'm not sure his ideas for a sequel trilogy had much substance until the Disney deal motivated him. The $4 billion price tag depends on being able to make new movies. The first new movies need a George Lucas story outline to be legitimate.



I have vague recollections of some press from around the time the movies came out -- maybe in '77 when we saw the crawl on the screen saying "Episode IV", maybe around the time this video was shot, maybe another time -- that claimed that Lucas had the stories plotted out for the prequels and the sequels in three-ring binders in his office safe back then already.

Whatever was in those binders, if anything actually existed, I doubt it would be filmable anymore given all the starwars-y stuff that's appeared over the last few decades. Those first drafts might be an interesting thing to see if it's ever made public after the whole shebang's been put on film.
 
2012-11-03 09:02:20 PM
Things I didn't know before:

1 - mark hamill is a millionaire
2 - Maria Shriver was fat
 
2012-11-03 09:10:03 PM

Nrokreffefp: Funbags: A few thoughts:

Maria Shriver actually looked like a human once.

George Lucas was obsessively distrustful.

As tempting as it probably certainly was in the 80's, Mark Hamill never believed the hype. He was an actor cast in an amazingly popular, genre-defining film, but at the end of the day, it was just a well-paying role. Nowadays, such humility is astoundingly rare, as evidenced by any actors involved in Twilight and/or Harry Potter.

Hear, hear. Totally agree. That guy was Pattinson or LeBouf times a thousand. Totally down to earth and admirable, as opposed to any celebrity lately.


LOLWUT are you completely forgetting about Daniel Radcliffe? He is incredibly humble, despite appearing in 8 films as the greatest book/movie hero to his own entire generation.
 
2012-11-03 09:29:45 PM

GungFu: Things I didn't know before:

1 - mark hamill is a millionaire
2 - Maria Shriver was fat


I had hopes that he was richer than the 6 million someone posted the other day. I always felt Lucas was a little stingy with the cast. I understand with the first one, but after that he and the studio could have been just a little generous. lol I'm not in Hollywood though and basically honest. Hamill has always seemed like a cool and good guy. Just thought he deserved better.
 
2012-11-03 09:33:21 PM
CSB time:

In the late 90s, I met a guy who had been hired as a career consultant for Mark Hamill. He sort of specialized in trying to help has-been celebrities get themselves back in the spotlight. I mentioned something about having seen Hamill in that one Wing Commander game, and he said, "yeah, he's made some poor career decisions over the years."

Understatement of the year.
 
2012-11-03 09:34:21 PM

TheCity: LOLWUT are you completely forgetting about Daniel Radcliffe?


That the character of Dan Radcliffe does anything more than pump petrol into the tanks of motorists speaks volumes of how pathetic everyone who has ever read any Harry Potter books actyually is.

For embracing such sociak drivel, society cannot die quickly enough. Viva everything non-Harry Potter !
 
2012-11-03 10:09:21 PM
CSB: I saw Mark Hamill before Star Wars. Off off B'way. He was in "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown"

He played Snoopy

End CSB
 
2012-11-03 10:11:35 PM

dejavoodoo64: I had hopes that he was richer than the 6 million someone posted the other day. I always felt Lucas was a little stingy with the cast. I understand with the first one, but after that he and the studio could have been just a little generous. lol I'm not in Hollywood though and basically honest. Hamill has always seemed like a cool and good guy. Just thought he deserved better.


I wonder if that's counting the warehouse full of Star Wars merchandise he received as part of his contract with Lucas.
 
2012-11-03 10:31:21 PM
Okey I thought seven was that book by Timothy Zahn with Luke and Mara Jade in it....
 
2012-11-03 10:54:20 PM
The Timothy Zahn books were so much better stories than episodes 1-3... they should have been made into movies instead of that jar-jar drivel. They were also really the only novels worth reading that had "Star Wars" on the cover.

That being said, I wouldn't mind seeing a trilogy set decades or centuries in the future...

Charles
 
2012-11-03 10:59:11 PM
GRITTY REBOOT!!!
 
2012-11-03 11:00:15 PM
Mark Hamil: But, yeah, I like where my career is heading!
 
2012-11-03 11:06:31 PM
Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You:

Star Wars: The Jedi Strike a shiat Load of Money!
 
2012-11-03 11:08:12 PM

Nem Wan: Lucas apparently wrote "detailed" story treatments for VII, VIII, IX just this summer. I'm not sure his ideas for a sequel trilogy had much substance until the Disney deal motivated him. The $4 billion price tag depends on being able to make new movies. The first new movies need a George Lucas story outline to be legitimate.


Geeze, I keep coming back to what I read and heard at 'Jedi': that it was supposed to be 9 movies altogether with R2 and C3 being the only characters that last through all nine movies.

Does/has anyone else remember/heard.read this?
 
2012-11-03 11:16:52 PM
douchebag/hater
Geeze, I keep coming back to what I read and heard at 'Jedi': that it was supposed to be 9 movies altogether with R2 and C3 being the only characters that last through all nine movies.

Does/has anyone else remember/heard.read this?


I can't tell if you're trying to be ironic or if you're asking because you didn't watch the video.
 
2012-11-03 11:33:13 PM

GungFu: Things I didn't know before:

1 - mark hamill is a millionaire
2 - Maria Shriver was fat



Yeah, first thing I thought of was Butters Skeletor comment too.
 
2012-11-04 12:08:44 AM
Hamill on Romney:

I'm sure he's a nice guy, but I think he's like The Thing- he only imitates human behavior. He's not actually human himself.
 
2012-11-04 12:37:07 AM

Funbags: Nowadays, such humility is astoundingly rare, as evidenced by any actors involved in Twilight and/or Harry Potter.


Yes, but on the other hand, today's young actors have grown up in an age filled with tabloidish TV shows that have taken the glamorizing and glorification of Hollywood stars to a whole new level. There is so much more commercialization, hype, and publicity these days that the younger actors don't even know what humility is. Besides, most of them are just doing what their PR people are telling them to do anyway.

For his part, I remember that Mark Hamill always came across as a genuinely nice guy anyway. I think the whole popularity of Star Wars kind of took all of the cast members by surprise. True blockbuster movies were a relatively new phenomenon back then, and the Star Wars movies were record-setters. Nowadays, everybody shoots for blockbuster status and the Hollywood hype machine goes into full swing before the movies complete shooting. The stars just get caught up in all that -- they're part of the package.
 
2012-11-04 01:04:49 AM

ChopperCharles: The Timothy Zahn books were so much better stories than episodes 1-3... they should have been made into movies instead of that jar-jar drivel. They were also really the only novels worth reading that had "Star Wars" on the cover.


Sorry, but I was assured in another Star Wars thread on here that Zahn is a terrible writer and the Thrawn trilogy would make terrible movies because, and you'll love this, Zahn didn't describe the space battles in enough detail and Thrawn was killed by one of the Noghri. You know, because if they decide to make a movie out of any of Zahn's books, they'll follow it so faithfully that they won't expand upon anything. In fact, the whole movie will just be the text of Zahn's book scrolling up the screen.
 
2012-11-04 01:16:20 AM

dstanley: Repo Man: I'd forgotten what a hotty Maria Shriver was back then.

SundaesChild: Look at Maria Shriver's hairdo. lol

These.

/Those?


This and this are these if they're near, those if they're far.
 
2012-11-04 01:38:24 AM
I love the bit near the end about wanting to play more than Luke Skywalker. That poor man.

Also, I'm not optimistic about the new trilogy because of this quote: "the three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, 'I want to see these 3 movies.'" To me this sounds like the prequels. Lots of CG battles with uninteresting worlds and characters introduced for the purpose of merchandising. Maybe with Lucas not actually writing or directing them they'll be good, but there's not a whole lot of incentive to be great because they'll make billions of dollars anyway.
 
2012-11-04 02:47:50 AM

Teufelaffe: In fact, the whole movie will just be the text of Zahn's book scrolling up the screen.


If the choice is that or Jar Jar....
 
2012-11-04 07:13:57 AM
It's so bizarre that there's so many old interviews and such that clearly stated that Lucas had planned three trilogies (including interviews with Lucas)

Then Lucas spent years loudly claiming that he NEVER planned to have a third trilogy.


Now, apparently, we're getting one...probably more....
 
2012-11-04 07:16:01 AM

phaseolus: maybe in '77 when we saw the crawl on the screen saying "Episode IV"


The screen did not say "Episode IV" in 1977. It only said "Star Wars".
link
video
 
2012-11-04 09:00:22 AM
You know what Star Wars needs?

Shaky handcam...
 
2012-11-04 11:16:13 AM

nytmare: phaseolus: maybe in '77 when we saw the crawl on the screen saying "Episode IV"

The screen did not say "Episode IV" in 1977. It only said "Star Wars".
link
video



Weird. Shows how slippery old memories can be, I guess. My memory somehow got the idea that a.) 'Episode IV' had always been there and b.) An article somewhere -- Time Magazine, maybe -- remarked on that fact when the movie was released. I also remembered thinking "Where the hell did that come from?" when I saw 'A New Hope' whereas 'Episode IV' didn't make me blink.
 
2012-11-04 11:26:16 AM
who cares...
 
2012-11-04 12:39:59 PM

billygeek: who cares...


Well, you came in here to tell everyone how much you don't care, which really means that you do care, even if you don't want anyone to know that you care. Of course, we now know you care because you posted about it, so you can't pretend to not care anymore, thus forever ruining the "cool uncaring" vibe you had going before you started talking. Let this be a lesson to you: If you want people to think you're cool, never, ever talk, or you'll ruin it.
 
2012-11-04 02:13:57 PM

cabbyman: You know what Star Wars needs?

Shaky handcam...


And lens flare!
 
2012-11-04 03:53:24 PM

Funbags: A few thoughts:

Maria Shriver actually looked like a human once.

George Lucas was obsessively distrustful.

As tempting as it probably certainly was in the 80's, Mark Hamill never believed the hype. He was an actor cast in an amazingly popular, genre-defining film, but at the end of the day, it was just a well-paying role. Nowadays, such humility is astoundingly rare, as evidenced by any actors involved in Twilight and/or Harry Potter.


She might've looked human in Cinemascope, but I doubt it.
 
2012-11-04 04:21:13 PM
Since when can you buy a cup of soda at the cinema that you can hold with two fingers.
 
2012-11-05 09:05:05 AM

phaseolus: nytmare: phaseolus: maybe in '77 when we saw the crawl on the screen saying "Episode IV"

The screen did not say "Episode IV" in 1977. It only said "Star Wars".
link
video


Weird. Shows how slippery old memories can be, I guess. My memory somehow got the idea that a.) 'Episode IV' had always been there and b.) An article somewhere -- Time Magazine, maybe -- remarked on that fact when the movie was released. I also remembered thinking "Where the hell did that come from?" when I saw 'A New Hope' whereas 'Episode IV' didn't make me blink.


The EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE was added when STAR WARS was re-released after ESB.
 
2012-11-05 12:22:15 PM

Keigh: anybody else notice that the freezeframe shot on the player before you hit play makes Mark Hamill look a little... well, ...Down's?


images.athlonsports.com
 
2012-11-05 12:27:34 PM
lol, "it's like the Nixon administration."
 
2012-11-05 06:20:39 PM

Zap_Rowsdower: CSB time:

In the late 90s, I met a guy who had been hired as a career consultant for Mark Hamill. He sort of specialized in trying to help has-been celebrities get themselves back in the spotlight. I mentioned something about having seen Hamill in that one Wing Commander game, and he said, "yeah, he's made some poor career decisions over the years."

Understatement of the year.


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