Mark Hamill told Arnold Schwarzenegger to change his accent and name

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I follow Mark Hamill on Twitter because OMG, I ❤️ Mark Hammill!. If you do as well, you know that he’s pretty generous in responding to fans. So generous, he often has to remind them there are not enough hours in the day for him to read or respond to all of them. But when he does answer a tweet, it’s usually highly entertaining and devilishly clever. Hollywood radio personality and syndicated columnist, Jodi Jill, tweeted to Mark about how much she loved him (it’s okay, there’s plenty of Mark to go around) and that she used him for inspiration whenever she heard crazy comments:

Here’s the beauty of this story. So, Ms. Jill here is saying that Mark should sell t-shirts asking “What would Mark Hamill say?” (or WWMHS, I guess) because he is so amazing and witty and wise. Now Mark could have smiled and basked in the idolatry of his fans. Instead, he admitted that he says some really dumb stuff, like when he gave Arnold Schwarzenegger advice that would have derailed his career:

Again, to me, the funniest part of the whole story is that Mark’s response to a person praising him for his sage wit is to be all, “I’ll prove the wit part but I’ll blow your sage theory to bits.”

Obviously, this got a lot of traction. When the Jedi Master goes on record as telling Conan to do the exact opposite to what made him famous, it’s going to make headlines. But Schwarzenegger wasn’t going to let Hamill take the heat for his counsel. Instead, he told Mark he was exactly right, it’s just that that he never does what he’s told to do:

*sigh* If only Mark had told Arnold he should absolutely run for governor of California while he was at it.

If any of you are fellow Disciples of MH, you probably caught this story about Mark dressing up in full costume at this year’s San Diego Comic Con and greeting fans who had no idea to whom they were speaking. Also, he has a new gig on the History Channel. Mark is joining the search for the Knights Templar series, Knightfall. I’d not heard of this series before now but that’s one of my favorite periods of history so maybe I’ll check it out. Mark’ll just be a little icing on the cake.

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  1. Mia4s says:

    Love him! And if nothing else good came out of Disney Star Wars I’m so pleased he’s having a bit of a renaissance as a result.

    While that’s a good story, frankly more in Hollywood probably should take his advice. Three seemingly sane kids and married to the same woman for almost 40 years (!). That’s a miracle in Hollywood terms.

    • lovesot says:

      THIS! I love he’s having a bit of a renaissance, he so deserves it!!

    • Veronica S. says:

      There’s a few photos floating around from the 80s of Hamill on set for RotJ with his oldest son. It is too cute. The kid looked just like him when he was younger.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      not trying to be a pedant because I know you mean “movie renaissance”, but he has been working steadily doing voice work.

      I LOVE HIM TOO!

  2. Malibu Stacy says:

    He’s also an incredible voice actor!! I love him as the Joker in Batman the animated series.

  3. Veronica S. says:

    I recently rewatched TLJ, and while I’m still not thrilled with the movie overall, I have to give Mark Hamill credit that he put 110% into that role. His performance is definitely one of the best parts of it, even with the limitations the story put on him.

    I’ve always enjoyed how easy going he was about the films. He could’ve been bitter about the movies essentially killing his acting career (he was one of the few established actors in the OT preceding A New Hope), but he’s embraced it whole-heartedly. A lot of actors try to distance themselves from iconic rules, but Mark’s all, “Lol Luke Skywalker would think you’re a jerk.”

  4. paddingtonjr says:

    Mark Hamill seems to be having the time of his life and I am here for it! I will have to start following him on Twitter. He has leaned into his legacy as Luke Skywalker and is able to have fun with it.

    I’ve been enjoying the Disney Star Wars movies (the continuation ones, not the stand-alones) more than I thought I would. They’ve been a great return to the original trilogy (not the prequels): lots of action and special effects, some cute animal sidekicks, a little dialogue and a simple story (man v. authority, man v. himself). I’ve enjoyed seeing the battle-weary Han, Leia and Luke as they make way for the new generation and seeing multi-generations of families watching the films together.

  5. nemo says:

    MH is a global treasure.