Mark Hamill Talks Keeping ‘Star Wars’ Secrets, Other Tidbits

By Jay Casteel  |  01/23/2014

Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader

A couple weeks ago, the actor that played Chewbacca in Star Wars shared a series of rare photos from the set of the original films. This Wednesday (Jan. 22), Mark Hamill (the actor who played Luke Skywalker) shared some tidbits of his own during a Reddit AMA chat.

He revealed things such as his favorite color light saber, his favorite heroes growing up, how Bantha (blue milk) tastes, and keeping the biggest Star Wars secret ever... Darth Vader is Luke's father.

Below are a few highlights, but to see more, visit Reddit.

On keeping the Darth Vader being Luke's father secret: Irvin Kirshner brought me aside, and said "I know this, George knows this, and you'll be the third person who knows. If it goes out we'll know you leaked it." So i was terrified of being the one to ruin it. I remember when they screened it, Harrison turned around and said "I didn't know that! Why the f*&^ didn't you tell me?!"

How the Bantha milk (blue milk) tastes: It was ghastly! ... It's moments like that when I think, boy, I really am a good actor since I didn't gag. ... I don't know if they still make it. It's sweet and syrupy and yucky. If you want to try it go to a camping store and drop some blue food coloring in it and there you go.

Loving the Yoda character: I never thought of him as weird. He was unexpected because the audience and Luke both thought a Jedi Master must be 6'5" with a formidable physical presence. But that was the whole point, he was a little toad like creature.

Favorite Lightsaber Color: I just worked with Samuel L Jackson and he reminded me he had a purple lightsaber, which nobody had. I thought that was cool that he got his own color. My favorite is green, I'm happy with what I had. You don't need to give me lavender or raw umber or whatever. [Luke had both green and blue lightsabers.]

Wierdest fan encounter: The strangest [fan encounter] was a cab driver who kept telling about the anti-Christ and how Luke was blocking Darth Vader's path to taking over the world. He wanted me to help out somehow. I wasn't exactly sure how, but he was very passionate about it.

Deleted scene: There was a scene at the beginning of the first movie that was cut out. When you're first introduced to [Luke] he's on the farm and he sees the robots. When R2 and C-3PO eject, he races to the club, and you see what his life is like on Tatooine. This beautiful actress calls him wormy. I loved it bc [sic] you saw that he wasn't well liked by his peers, and he bumps into Garrick Hagon, and Luke is really excited bc he has joined the empire, and Luke is so anxious to get off the farm and find his lot in life. He's thrilled that Biggs has joined the Empire, and feels as soon as he'd get the chance he'd join the rebel alliance. This shows that Luke is apolitical, and joining the empire is even attractive to him. They changed to get to the plot faster, so now it goes straight to the 4th [sic] scene. The only place you can see it is the novelization of the screen play. With all the tweaking and adaptations, why not put it in to add detail to the story that's not there?

Star Wars set props: I kept something from each film. From the first I kept my boots. I had to ask for them, I didn’t just take them! I kept the stormtrooper helmet that I rescued Princess Leia in. The ones that were commercially made last much longer. I have little bits and pieces from each of the movies. I would never think of selling these things. I saw they were auctioning my pants from the first film for $44,000! They were just bleached out levis with the pockets ripped out. There were multiples made for me and my stunt double. That seemed like a really steep price.