Star Wars: The Last Jedi is just around the corner. And with it comes the return of everyone's favorite Jedi, Luke Skywalker. And of course, the return of everyone's favorite actor, Mark Hamill. Hamill seems like a pretty nice guy, and a story that writer Ed Solomon recently recounted all but confirmed it.
Solomon, who worked on Men In Black and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, explained how Hamill rushed to the side of a dying boy in character.
WHY I WILL LOVE @HamillHimself FOREVER (THREAD OF 4):— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) December 4, 2017
When a friend's son (who was, so tragically, dying from an incurable illness) made a wish: to meet Luke Skywalker, it fell on me -- the only person the dad knew who worked in the film business -- to make a call. 1/4
Not knowing Mark, I called his agent and explained that this lovely boy watched Star Wars every day and wanted to meet NOT Mark Hammill, but, rather, the actual CHARACTER that he played (the boy's own mental state had devolved past the point of being able to grok that... 2/4— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) 4 December 2017
He not only met with the boy, but spent hours answering question after question (sometimes the same ones repeatedly), AS "Luke." Even posting this now makes me teary. He was compassionate, kind, and patient. And it literally meant the world to this kid and his family. 4/4— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) 4 December 2017
Mark Hamill is the best. Unsurprisingly, people were pretty teary eyed at the story.
it's funny, isn't it? we spend so much time on twitter trying to get a laugh.— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) December 5, 2017
i debated whether to post this or not - but now i'm so glad i did.
For others, the story reassured them that not everyone in Hollywood is bad.
tbh, many of the well-known artists that i know consider this kind of thing to be the REASON it's worth it for them. we're hearing a lot these days about some of the pigs in this business (and there are many).. but many many of the artists themselves are good, deep souls.— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) December 4, 2017
agree. sometimes i think the only way (for me, at least) to battle the onslaught of negativity is to engage, as often as i can, in little acts that make me feel good. and mark did this for no publicity, and asking nothing in return.— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) December 4, 2017
Great story. I love Hamill's readings of Trump tweets in the Joker's voice.— Curtis (@CurtisIP1) December 4, 2017
The best part of the story is that it was Ed who told it....not Mark in a "hey press...over here .. look at what Im doing" way.— Goodfellow (@Goodfellow_9) December 5, 2017
"Jedi use their powers to serve others with peace" and that child was served peace.
I'm not chopping onions. Awesome story. Thanks for sharing.— Andy Foster (@andyfoster405) December 4, 2017
And of course, the story validated the thousands of teenage crushes people had for Mark Hamill.
The top comment for this on Reddit right now is "The world doesn’t deserve Mark Hamill." Finding it hard to disagree.— Trevor Gregory (@trevor__gregory) December 4, 2017