Mark Hamill Getting Big Payday For “The Force Awakens” Secret

By Staff  |  11/20/2015

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker

The mystery over Luke Skywalker's role in the upcoming Star Wars film has been the topic of discussion since the trailers have surfaced.

Actor Mark Hamill, who portrays the character, talked about The Force Awakens in an interview with PC Gamer... and why he's kept quiet over his absence from the film's marketing, which he likens to the plot twist in The Empire Strikes Back.

Apparently, he's set to get paid very well for his silence.

"I have something coming out where there's an amount of money that if it leaks because of me, I don't get that payment," Hamill said. "If I keep it a secret until the day it comes out, I get that payment.

"I'm good about keeping secrets. I'm proud of the fact that I knew a year and a half before anybody else that he was actually dad -- Vader. I didn't even tell Harrison, or my wife, because I thought it would be terrible if she said 'you know what' to a fan and it got out, because [Empire Strikes Back director] Irvin Kershner said 'I know something, I'm going to tell you. George [Lucas] knows, I know and now I'm gonna tell you, and if it leaks, we'll know it's you,' because the line originally was 'You don't know the truth, Obi Wan killed your father' and he said 'We're going to take that line out and put in "I am your father."' I thought, well first of all if Sir Alec Guinness is the real villain, that's a pretty good twist in and of itself, but this is even better. I couldn't believe it. I was so excited. It was a mind-boggling plot twist."

"I'm not even authorized to tell you if I'm in [Star Wars: Episode VII]," he later says.

Check out the video, at around the 11:26 mark for the Star Wars info.