Perhaps more so than most major studios, Lucasfilm is notorious for maintaining the secrecy of what goes on behind the scenes when a new Star Wars film is in production. Once said film has been released into the ether, though, the floodgates open and all of the juicy tidbits from the other side of the camera begin to emerge.
With that in mind, here are 10 fascinating behind-the-scenes facts from Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
Obviously, fans are well aware that in The Last Jedi, franchise veteran Mark Hamill reprised his role as Luke Skywalker. However, that wasn’t the actor’s only credit in the film. In addition to Luke, Hamill also did the motion-capture for the CG alien in Canto Bight who repeatedly placed coins inside BB-8, as if the small droid was a slot machine. The alien’s name, Dobbu Scay, is derived from “Double Skywalker,” as a reference to Hamill’s dual roles.
No longer the spry young man he was during the filming of the original trilogy, Mark Hamill had some difficulty completing the grueling 600-foot climb to the top of the mountain on Skellig Michael Island in Ireland, which served as the shooting location of The Last Jedi’s Ahch-To scenes. In an attempt to mitigate the toll the journey took on his body, Hamill suggested that he simply remain on the summit and sleep in a tent, thus eliminating the need for him to repeat the daunting task. Unfortunately, though, this seemingly harmless idea was quickly shot down by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy since the location is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.