Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill is currently out on the press trail for uber-violent spy-flick Kingsman: Secret Service. But where the son of Darth goes, Star Wars questions are sure to follow. Speaking to the LA Times, Hamill has cautioned fans not to overly build their expectations for Episode VII: The Force Awakens in order to avoid inevitable disappointment.
"We’re not trying to play games with people," said Hamill.
"We just want to maximize their experience at the movies where it should be seen and not have it leaked over the Internet. Believe me, it will be here before you know it. Forget about it, that’s my advice. Look forward to all the summer movies. I’m telling you, it’s just a movie. These people that build it up in their minds like it’s going to be the second coming of, I don’t know what — they’re bound to be disappointed."
That leads, of course to security issues surrounding the shoot. It seems great efforts were made to avoid potential spoilers hitting the web:
"We had problems before with people leaking stuff, but I was saying to them, 'Is it really necessary to put on this giant robe with a hood that hangs down to your chest to go from my trailer to the soundstage?' They said, 'Drones.' I said, 'You’re kidding! Really?'… I wish people would just relax."
Though much has been made of the elder statesmen of the Star Wars universe returning for the new film, Hamill talked down his involvement in the next installment.
"I would have been completely OK with it not including us, but I do think having the original cast members there gives it a sense of continuity and scope," said Hamill.
"But mind you, it’s really about the new generation, it’s not about us."
Hamill did however express his relief and excitement at finding the new films helmed by a gang of true Star Wars fans.
"It’s exciting from the standpoint that it’s the first of the movies in that universe that’s conceived and directed by the fan generation. We’ve never had that before," explained Hamill.
"Now, Larry Kasdan is one of the old-timers like us, but the captain of the ship is J.J. Abrams and he was a fan of the series, which I find very interesting. "
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits cinemas on December 18th. For all those rumours and leaks that Hamill would rather you avoid, click here.