It has been revealed that took the bizarre decision to reveal his actual telephone number during a scene in the now-iconic film Star Wars: A New Hope.
The film, originally released in 1977 and directed by George Lucas, famously starred Hamill in the lead role of Luke Skywalker and arrived as the first instalment what was to become one of the most celebrated film franchises of all time.
Knowing that the project was destined for critical acclaim, Hamill hatched a plan which would preserve his status in the history of Star Wars forever. During a planned scene, the actor altered the scipt ever so slightly to include his very own personal telephone number.
The story has been uncovered by Marvel editor Jordan D. White who managed to pick up an old article detailing Hamill’s plan: “In the scene where we’re trying to get out of the garbage masher, I was supposed to say, ‘Threepio, open the…’ and give this long serial number. So I had planned all along to say, ‘2-,’ so my own number would be forever preserved on film.”
However, Hamill’s idea was scuppered when the line in question was switched to the character of Han Solo, a role played by Harrison Ford who was ready to hijack the move: “But the way the scene was blocked the day of, I wasn’t near the door – so Harrison got to say the line and he started doing his number and that really burned me up.”
An off-set debate rumbled on before Hamill was able to convince Ford to allow him this moment, an incident which ruffled a few feathers: “Finally, Harrison read my number and said, ‘Happy now, you big baby?’” he recalled. “And I laughed because I felt busted ’cause I’d been acting like a two-year-old.”
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