Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford’s Star Wars screen test has been unearthed by a fan on Twitter – check it out below.
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The actors shot to fame after first portraying Luke Skywalker and Han Solo respectively in 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Both returned as the character’s in follow-up instalments of the hit franchise.
Now, Hamill has offered insight into how the pair landed the roles. Retweeting a snippet of grainy black and white footage of himself and Ford delivering a scene, the actor revealed that they had only met on that day and hadn’t received the full Star Wars script at that point.
“I asked George [Lucas, director] what kind of movie it was, [he said,] ‘Let’s just do it, we’ll talk about that later’,” Hamill posted. “We never did talk about it later – we just did it.”
My screen-test for @starwars w/ Harrison on the 1st day I ever met him. Neither 1 of us had read the script at this point, only this 1 scene. I asked George what kind of movie it was-"Let's just do it, we'll talk about that later" We never did talk about it later-we just did it. https://t.co/e7cHWoLmJk
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 28, 2019
In the clip, we see Luke Skywalker and Han Solo discussing why they can’t find Alderaan. “The empire must’ve gotten hear first,” says Hamill. Ford replies: “The planet’s totally blown away.”
Many fans in the comments section were quick to praise the actors, with one writing: “One of the best ever casting choices.” Another added: “Every time I watch this video, I’m in awe at how well you owned the character already.”
Speaking of the upcoming J. J. Abrams-directed film, he said: “There was this scuttlebutt about a set at Pinewood, a big set that [the crew] were like: ‘You have to see this. When you see it, it’ll melt your mind.’”