Mark Hoppus has received international acclaim as the bassist and vocalist of the popular band Blink-182. As a part of one of the most beloved musical groups at the turn of the millennium, Hoppus’ work influenced the likes of FIDLAR, Wavves and Joyce Manor, among many others. Described as the “most influential pop-punk band ever”, Blink-182 perfectly captured and even contributed to the cultural phenomenons that American teenagers were experiencing.
In June of 2021, Hoppus revealed that he had been fighting a tough battle against cancer: “I have cancer,” he said. “It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time, I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this. I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive.” Fortunately, he has reported that the chemotherapy is working for now.
Hoppus has been asked about elements of popular culture in multiple interviews, and in many of those, he has always maintained that he absolutely loves the popular sci-fi franchise Star Wars. He compared the popularity of Star Wars to Twilight, stating: “I have not seen the new Twilight. I don’t know, I suppose for this generation that’s like somebody coming up to me and saying [they] never saw Star Wars.”
Out of all the Star Wars films, there is one that Hoppus considers to be his favourite film of all time. It is the 1980 sequel to the original George Lucas masterpiece, The Empire Strikes Back. Hoppus explained: “This is the darkest of the Star Wars franchises, it’s the best of the films, it has the best vehicles, the best planets, the best characters.”
Set three years later, The Empire Strikes Back provides some of the most iconic moments in the history of Star Wars. The film is not only considered by critics to be better than the original but is also known for having one of the greatest plot twists in cinematic history: Luke Skywalker finds out that his father is his greatest enemy – Darth Vader.
Hoppus elaborated: “I think that this movie has a longevity because it kicks so much ass, and it’s definitely my favourite movie of all time. And I think that it … has a really amazing second-act feel to it,” he said. “It’s really dark. It’s moody. It’s not just an action/adventure. There’s all these different elements that come into it. There’s betrayal and there’s discovery. It’s a really great movie.”