Mark Hamill might be a legend in the Star Wars franchise, but there have been stories going around saying that the actor had actually been a couch-hopper before he landed the role of Luke Skywalker in the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope.
One of the creators of the podcast Inside Star Wars decided to touch on the topic on Twitter, posting about how Hamill had been sleeping on the couch of his friend when he learned that he landed the part of Luke in the first ever Star Wars entry.
“Today's episode of #insidestarwars: Carrie Fisher wins the role of a lifetime, Harrison Ford takes a week to make a door, and @HamillHimself is sleeping on a buddy's couch. The force is with them all. Listen!,” Mark Ramsey wrote in his post.
Responding to the tweet, Mark Hamill clears up the rumor saying that he wasn’t in the least bit homeless. The Star Wars actor actually had a 1 bedroom house up on the beach in Malibu when he was auditioning for A New Hope. He also never had a roommate and was never on a couch when he learned that he was cast as Luke Skywalker.
Seeing Hamill’s post, some fans decided to reveal the different versions of the story that they’ve heard over the years, saying that Robert Englund had also auditioned for the role. Others have added their own wild stories saying things like "When Mark Hamill found out that he was cast as Luke Starkiller, he weighed 300 pounds, had been arrested 3 times for harassing Dick van Patten and was trying to kick the habit of eating his neighbors flowers!"
Such a fun thread, really.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set for release on December 20, 2019.