George Lucas was fucking hilarious when Mark Hamill received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Somehow, Lucas roasted the famous Luke Skywalker actor while singing his praises at the same time. He also made it clear that he’s done making Star Wars movies, or perhaps, anything at all.
On Thursday, Variety live-streamed the ceremony in which Mark Hamill received a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Both Harrison Ford and George Lucas spoke fondly about Hamill, but it was really Lucas who stole the show saying “you can’t invent a character like Mark Hamill.” Lucas then gave Hamill a hilarious back-handed compliment about his naivety.
Lucas also described the chemistry between Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in the original Star Wars as “kind of a high school chemistry…something goes off in the background, and people are trying to hide the flames.”
Still, despite the ribbing, Lucas said that he believes Hamill is “still old enough to do a lot more movies.” Hamill kindly touched Lucas and said “you too.” But Lucas dismissed that idea with a wave of his hand, just like a Jedi, saying “Nah. I’m out of the game.”
Though Lucas claims to be “out of the game,” he nonetheless collaborated with Ron Howard for at least one scene in the upcoming standalone Star Wars film; Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Since selling Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, George Lucas’s public persona has become significantly looser than the buttoned-up guy we all remember from the special features on the prequel DVDs. Back when The Force Awakens came out in 2015, Lucas famously told interviewers that his favorite Star Wars character is “Jar Jar Binks.”
In related teasing, William Shatner tweeted at Mark Hamill saying “Congratulations! BTW ask for a star on the south side of the street. I’m on the north side and don’t want to devalue the neighborhood.” Hamill responded in kind tweeting: “Thanks, Bill. It wouldn’t be as special without a classic Shatner-burn from you!Live Long, But Get Lost.”
Either way, it looks like Mark Hamill has emerged as the classiest science fiction icon of all time, but hey, we already knew that.