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It's been a long time since Mark Hamill filmed the original Star Wars: A New Hope. A lot has happened to the actor since then, but there's one thing he remembers about filming that movie that came back while making the newest entry in the saga. Hamill says the desert of Tunisia and the Island of Skellig Michael have something in common. In both places, you can actually forget you're making a movie, as the environments were both so foreign to him that he really felt like he was in a galaxy, far, far away. According to Hamill...
While Mark Hamill filmed two more Star Wars movies after the first, which were also set in unique locations, he tells JOE that those movies never gave him that same feeling of being someplace else. They were environments he was familiar with, even if he'd never been in that particular place before. However, the wide-open desert, and the view from the top of Skellig Michael, were unlike anything he'd seen before...
In the age of digital effects, it's easy to create an alien world on a movie screen. However, since so much of that is added in post-production, it makes it harder for the actors themselves to believe that they're really on another planet, as they never see much of what ends up on screen during filming. Apparently, the trick is just to find those places in the world that are so unlike what the actors are used to, that they feel truly alien. If Star Wars: A New Hope had never been able to convince its audience that they were seeing another galaxy, it's unlikely the franchise would have captured the imaginations of so many people. If Star Wars: The Last Jedi is able to make Star Wars fans feel the way they did when they saw A New Hope for the first time, then the new film could be something truly special.
We'll find out when we finally get to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it arrives December 15.
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