What did R2-D2 think of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer? How about Lando? Because we already know that George Lucas hasn’t bothered to watch the first promo reel for J.J. Abrams’ new Star Wars movie, and now Luke Skywalker himself has weighed in with a bit of commentary.
Mark Hamill was speaking with IGN about NBC’s stop-motion animation special Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, but he commented on the trailer for the hugely-anticipated sequel. "It’s hard to believe it’s a whole year away that we have to wait," Hamill joked, "but I’m practicing my phrase, ‘You have to wait and see.’" Speaking of seeing, Hamill said that there was something OUTSIDE of the trailer that really moved him the most. He says:
I’ll tell you, the most moving aspect of them releasing that trailer was watching a [video] of other people watching it. My daughter put it on for me. It was all these people watching the trailer. Sometimes you get sort of isolated and disconnected because I don’t really follow it as closely as, say, [my son] Nathan does, but to see those people that thrilled, it was moving to me. I actually got a lump in my throat watching that. To see so many people that happy was a thrill."
He must mean videos like this one:
Hardcore fan. Mark Hamill certainly knows. He has been dealing with Star Wars fanatics for the bulk of his adult life. And on the topic of dealing with fan reaction and intense feedback, Hamill had advice for his younger The Force Awakens co-stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. He also praised them all up and down (as you might expect), stating:
They’re all wonderful actors. I think they’ve done such a great job of not only the characters themselves, but the people they’ve picked to play them. … This [movie] is in very, very good hands. I’m vicariously very proud of them even though I have no justification for being able to be proud."
Go ahead. Give the trailer one more spin:
After all, it has Luke Skywalker’s seal of approval.