Mark Hamill Opens Up About Reclusive Luke Skywalker

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24:  Mark Hamill attends the UK Premiere of "Guardians of the Galaxy" at Empire Leicester Square on July 24, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Mark Hamill

For Mark Hamill, filming the forthcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” really felt like he was in “a galaxy far, far away.”

Hinting at a sense of isolation that Luke Skywalker will face in the sequel, he explained to Empire Magazine in a recent interview that shooting “reminded me of when I was in Tunisia on the salt flats.”

“If you could get into your own mind and shut out the crew and look at the horizon , you really felt like you were in a galaxy far, far away,” he said. “I had that same wave of emotion happen to me when I was on Skellig Michael in Ireland. I wasn’t anticipating it.”

So far, Luke Skywalker has been largely absent from the film’s promotional material. “Obviously you’re seeing him in a very different time in his life,” Hamill explained. “There are lots of surprises in this movie. You’re going to love it.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens Dec. 18. Watch the trailer below.