While it may seem that the new “Star Wars” movie is the most important thing in the world, the record-breaking film’s star, Mark Hamill, is beautifully reminding everyone that there are far more important things to care about this holiday season.
Hamill, who returned to the franchise to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker skipped an appearance with co-stars Carrie Fisher, John Bodega, and Daisy Ridley, on “The Graham Norton Show” to visit sick children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
The 64-year-old actor explained his decision to The Independent, saying, “One of the greatest things I am given because of the profession I am in is the ability to give back. It feels wonderful. It can be harrowing emotionally because your heart goes out to these children but it’s also very uplifting. You walk away thinking being an actor is so trivial compared to helping needy children.”
The cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been traveling nonstop this past month for premieres and press visits, and while Hamill loves what the film does for audiences, saying “Star Wars movies are meant to be a couple of hours of diversion from reality, and we need that. They are optimistic and hopeful stories,” Hamill also remains very grounded in what’s truly important.
“In comparison to what we can do with this (the hospital), last night (the premiere of this movie) is very trivial.”
The force is definitely strong with you, Mark Hamill.