Mark Hamill might largely be known for his time on screen as Star Wars' Luke Skywalker, or for his many balls-to-the-wall vocal performances like The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, but, lately, the actor has also become well-known for something else: tweeting about his favorite television shows. While you might think that Hamill would be too busy appearing on series like The Flash and Knightfall to indulge in the simple pleasures of getting immersed in a good TV show, he, like many of us, does have free time to spend on such pursuits. And, now we know why Hamill loves taking to social media to talk about his favorites so much.
Mark Hamill recently popped up on the FX vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows as an ancient vamp who reappears and causes one of the leading blood suckers to flee his old rival. Hamill was a big fan of the film of the same name which inspired the show, and has tweeted about his love of the series, which put him on the producer's radar and ended up getting him the part.
But, if you think Hamill only tweets about the shows he loves to watch to see if he can get work, you'd be wrong. It turns out he has a problem that many TV fans do, so all of this Twitter work is selfish in quite a different way. Here's what he told Entertainment Tonight about why he's been so vocal about What We Do in the Shadows and his other favorite television shows:
I was tweeting about it to try and tell my followers, ‘I love the show. You should watch this show,’ mostly from a selfish standpoint because everything I like seems to get canceled. It wasn’t like I was trying to offer myself to be on the show. I’m happy to just be in the audience.
Oh. My. Goodness! Doesn't this just make you love Mark Hamill even more? Not only is he not trolling for work when he tweets about shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore, but he's got a really simple goal that everyone can get behind and understand. All of us have been completely in love with a TV show, only to have it cut down in its prime because not enough folks are watching / talking about it. Hamill currently has 3.8 million followers on Twitter, so it makes complete sense that he'd use his platform for good and try to increase the eyeballs on shows he enjoys, and doesn't want to see cancelled.
In at least one case, it would seem that Mark Hamill's public love for a show may have helped it stick around a bit longer. When the aforementioned Brooklyn Nine-Nine was cancelled by Fox at the end of its fifth season (which was two years ago), Hamill posted about it on Twitter, and noted that he wasn't ready to say goodbye to the silly cop comedy with tons of heart.
He also admitted to holding long grudges when his favorites get axed and added #EverythingILikeGetsCancelled to his post, and, wouldn't you know it, just a few days later the show was picked up by NBC. It's no guarantee that Hamill's post helped the comedy out, but star Terry Crews certainly thought it did, and that's reason enough to keep on tweeting and trying.
We've already seen some cancellations this year, so maybe Mark Hamill will step up and extol the virtues of one of those gone-too-soon series before long and help grant it another life. At the very least, we can be thankful that his love of What We Do in the Shadows led to a cool guest appearance, and hope that there will be more where that came from.