Mark Hamill Remembers How Hard Alec Guinness Slapped Him While Shooting A New Hope

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Alec Guinness may have only made a number of appearances in the Star Wars franchise, however the original Obi-Wan Kenobi certainly made an impression on fans and fellow castmates, especially the young Mark Hamill.

It's a surprising story, but according to the Star Wars legend, he had actually gotten himself slapped on the face by the English actor on set of A New Hope after he had called the veteran actor "Sir Alec" repeatedly.


In an recent interview with Yahoo! Movies to promote Star Wars: The Last Jedi during the D23 Expo last weekend, the Star Wars legend recalled a story where Guinness slapped him because he had simply wanted to be referred to his name and not by his "accolade."

"I kept calling him ‘Sir Alec' over and over again. And one day he reached out … he tapped my face and then BOOM! He slapped me pretty hard. And I went ‘What was all that about?' ‘Cause I kept calling him ‘Sir Alec.' And he said, ‘I want to be known by my name, not my accolade.'"

"I thought, ‘what a classy guy. Now, what am I supposed to call him? Big Al? And I said that to him. He loves that, you know, he loves irreverent humor. And he thought Americans are, of course, very brash and sometimes have struggle with our impulse control."

Guinness had been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II back in 1959 for his service to the arts, but while the British actor received so much critical acclaim, it seems like he wanted to keep things real with the rest of the cast and crew of Star Wars.

Hamill has also recently spoken about how he's channeled Guiness Obi-Wan Kenobi in portraying his older and jaded Luke Skywalker, and we're excited to see how this new version of Luke on the big screen once The Last Jedi premieres.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinemas December 15, 2017.

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