LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Flanked by two Storm Troopers, “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill received a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame on Thursday with the enthusiasm and humility that has endeared him to supporters four a long time following his very first switch as Luke Skywalker.
Hamill, 66, was introduced by “Star Wars” actor Harrison Ford and director George Lucas alongside with the customary beeps and squeaks of the saga’s robotic R2-D2.
“It’s tough to express my gratitude, my joy, the exhilaration of staying recognized in this way,” Hamill informed the scores of supporters who surrounded the unveiling of the emblematic terrazzo and brass star in front of El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood’s heart.
Only a couple of several years in the past, Hamill’s star was scarcely at a flicker. Extended eclipsed by castmates Ford and the late Carrie Fisher, he was never ever in a position switch himself into the leading gentleman of the massive display screen following 1982’s “Return of the Jedi.”
But reviving the Skywalker role in two current iterations of Disney’s “Star Wars” films and an energetic existence on Twitter has assisted carry Hamill back into the spotlight.
“Mark Hamill is a character that just can’t be penned,” Lucas explained. “He’s extremely enthusiastic about every little thing he does and that is exactly what I was seeking for when I was seeking for Luke Skywalker … He proved his mettle well.”
Hamill, who also starred on the phase in “Amadeus” and voiced the Joker in the animated “Batman” Tv sequence, returned the favor to Lucas.
“Let’s be straightforward, if it weren’t for the genius of George Lucas, I would not be standing right here today,” Hamill explained. “Whatever led me to his doorstep, he modified my existence forever in a way that nonetheless reverberates today.”
The Hollywood Stroll of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and is key vacationer attraction.
“From Jedi to Joker and back once more, it has been a fantastic experience, thank you so significantly and may perhaps the force be with every single and each a single of you,” Hamill explained.
Reporting by Rollo Ross, creating by Eric Kelsey Editing by Cynthia Osterman