29 Mar 2018 12:30 PM +00:00 UTC

Carrie Fisher Taught Mark Hamill how To “Learn To Live” With Being Luke Skywalker

There might be a lot of power playing a role as iconic as Luke Skywalker's, but Mark Hamill didn't always wave his role in Star Wars' galaxy far, far away as proudly as he does now.

Speaking with Sway's Universe, Hamill just recently shared how he tried to hide his affiliation with the Star Wars franchise while he was trying to prove his worth as an actor outside the science fiction genre back when he was younger. Back then, it was the late Carrie Fisher who taught Hamill how to live with his character, calling the actor out on the way he wrote his bio.

"I remember Carrie came to see a Broadway show I did and she goes, 'What's with your bio?' and I said, 'What's wrong with it?' and she said, 'You don't even mention the movie by name,'" Hamill remembered. "I said, 'They're in there!' She said, 'Yeah, "Mark Hamill, known for a series space-themed movies, made his Broadway debut..." and blah, blah, blah. Get over yourself. I'm Princess Leia, you're Luke Skywalker. Learn to live with it.' As usual, she was miles ahead of me."

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Fisher was also more eager than Hamill when Lucasfilm approached the two about starring in the studio's new sequel trilogy.

"When they said, 'Do you wanna come back to the movies?' I kept a straight face, and Carrie yelled, 'I'm in!' immediately. Later I said, 'Carrie, poker face, at least play hard to get,'" the actor said jokingly. "Like that girl in high school that won't date you, makes you want her more.' Again, she cuts right to the chase, 'Mark, what kind of roles are there for women over 50 in Hollywood?' and, boy, is she right there. As brutal as it can be for guys, it's a million times more intense for women."

Fisher was certainly passionate, and it's wonderful to hear how much the legendary actress loved and embraced her role as Leia Organa. No matter what, she'll always be the Star Wars franchise's Princess.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now available on Digital HD, Blu-Ray and DVD.

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