Luke Skywalker was the happiest man at the Dublin St. Patrick's Day parade and even turned up on RTE's Late Late.
It's doubtful that any of us enjoyed our St. Patrick’s Day the way Mark Hamill did. The Star Wars star headed to Dublin last week to be the “International Guest of Honor” for the city’s parade, and boy did he have a blast!
Hamill made the most of his few days in Ireland, which he’s well familiar with as the past two Star Wars films have been partly shot there, and he’s got a great granny from Co. Kilkenny. Luke Skywalker’s creator was a guest at a party hosted at the ambassador-less U.S. ambassador’s residence in Phoenix Park, and he also sat for an interview with Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show.
"I was the youngest of seven children, I went to nine schools in 12 years, I never really felt like I had a sense of community, so to be welcomed like this, pinch me! I can't believe it!" Hamill told Tubridy.
Star Wars filming on the remote Skellig Michael in Co. Kerry was magical but tough, Hamill said. At first he thought director JJ Abrams would be able to use some wizardry and impose Hamill on the island, instead of having to actually travel there.
"What a spectacular location that is,” Hamill said. "They make you work to get there, that climb is brutal. It's over 600 steps, your steps are kindly, these are big stone slabs … boy when you get up there, it's just breathtakingly beautiful and easy to believe that you're not on this earth because you've never seen anything like it in your life."
The cast was well behaved during their time in Kerry, he added. "I'm already in love with the country because the people are so wonderful, they make you feel like family. I love this country, I really didn't go out for the nightlife because of the hours on the film. You have to get up at six in the morning,” he said.
There are lots of photos of Hamill grinning and beaming at the Dublin parade, so it looks like he more than made up for the lack of socializing while in Kerry.
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