It’s been more than 40 years since Mark Hamill made his debut in the Star Wars saga. The actor is earning a star of his own now, by being honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. Hamill will be the 2,630th celebrity to have his star inducted into the Walk of Fame. The ceremony will take place on March 8th in honor of his accomplishments.
Ana Martinez, the producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, declared in a statement. “Star Wars fans will be over the moon that hearing their idol Mark Hamill is going to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We are proud to add this extraordinary actor to our historic Walk of Fame,”
The actor became a heartthrob in the ’80s, after playing Luke Skywalker, and during the ’90s played a range of voice roles, most famously as the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Hamill’s portrayal of the DC Comics villain cemented the actor’s legacy which was as strong as his role as Luke Skywalker.
Ushering Hamill into the Hollywood Walk of Fame is good news for Hamill, who has been through a lot of criticism in the months since The Last Jedi debuted.
During the promotional tour, Hamill regularly stated that he was surprised at first by the Luke Skywalker storyline, but eventually came around to appreciate Johnson’s vision. Fans that were unhappy with Luke’s backstory, since Return of the Jedi then manipulated Hamill’s interviews and spread rumors that the actor reluctantly took part in the film, while passionately opposing the narrative.
When questioned about the disagreements at a BAFTA Q&A, Hamill responded saying, “Well, you have to trust someone, As long as I was able to express my reservations about Luke — because you can’t help but feel some measure of ownership like ‘Luke wouldn’t say that,’ or ‘Luke wouldn’t do this,’ — but once we had that conversation, my job was to wipe out what Mark Hamill wants and do my best to realize Rian’s vision.”
Hamill had always been supportive of Johnson’s vision for many months before the release, in hopes of surprising other critics of the film.
The Last Jedi will be released on March 13th in Digital HD and on Blu-ray and DVD on March 27th.