Fans already know that Mark Hamill is the source of some truly awesome stories about how the original Star Wars trilogy was made. Interestingly, the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker actor has just revealed he did more than just act in The Empire Strikes Back: he also helped create Yoda (sort of).
A fan recently reached out to Hamill asking the Knightfall star to explain an interesting behind-the-scenes photo from Empire. As he usually does on Twitter, Hamill gave an awesome explanation as well as a bit of trivia. Take a look at his response below.
#EmpireStrikesBack director Irvin Kershner "touches up" make-up wizard Stuart Freeborn-sitting next to his famous puppet creation Yoda (who I think he resembles) Stuart kindly let me visit him whenever I wanted & even let me pour the foam into 1 of the Yoda head molds! #TrueStory https://t.co/Bf3gIPGirC— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 10, 2019
"#EmpireStrikesBack director Irvin Kershner 'touches up' make-up wizard Stuart Freeborn-sitting next to his famous puppet creation Yoda (who I think he resembles) Stuart kindly let me visit him whenever I wanted & even let me pour the foam into 1 of the Yoda head molds!" Hamill wrote before adding the hashtag #TrueStory.
First of all, that's an adorable photo of the men who made The Empire Strikes Back possible. Secondly, it's great to know that Hamill helped out in creating a Yoda puppet.
Freeborn is certainly one person who was responsible for most of the memorable characters introduced in the Star Wars Universe. He famously designed Yoda's distinct look based on his own face and that of Albert Einstein's. Freeborn also created Chewbacca, the Ewoks, and even Jabba the Hutt. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2013 at the age of 98.
Hamill will return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which hits theaters on December 20.