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Mark Hamill: The Best Star Wars Fans Are ‘U-P-Fs’

Mark Hamill: The Best Star Wars Fans Are ‘U-P-Fs’


MY FIRST GUEST IS AN ICONIC
ACTOR WHOSE CAREER SPANS OVER FOUR DECADES AND IS THE GUEST
I’M LOOKING FOR. PLEASE WELCOME MARK HAMILL! ♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: LOOK AT THAT! YOU KNOW, IT’S NICE TO HAVE YOU
HERE.>>OH, MY GOSH. I’M OUT HERE PROMOTING A MOVIE
WE’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: WE DON’T HAVE TO
TALK ABOUT IT, IF YOU DON’T WANT. WE DON’T HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OF YOU AS
LUKE SKYWALKER. BUT TO ME YOU WILL ALWAYS BE
GORDON MILLER FROM “ROOM SERVICE.>>YOU SAW THAT!>>Stephen: IN 1986, YOU WERE
ON BROADWAY–>>IT WAS IN THE ROUNDABOUT
THEATER, DIRECT BY ALAN ARKIN. HE HAD ALL HIS SECOND CITY
BUDDIES I IDOLIZED FOR YEARS. I JUST DON’T WANT TO START IN. THEY WERE ALL FANTASTIC.>>Stephen: I WAS A SENIOR IN
COLLEGE AND I HAD COME TO NEW YORK TO ACTUALLY INTERVIEW TO BE
AN INTERN ON DAVID LETTERMAN’S SHOW, AND A FRIEND OF MINE SAID,
“I CAN GET US A JOB AS USHERS FOR ONE NIGHT TO SEE THIS PLAY.” AND I SAID, SURE, THAT WILL BE
FUN. AND I WALKED IN, AND YOU WERE ON
THE STAGE DOING THE GROUCHO MARK.>>THE CRITICS CAME IN THINKING
I WOULD PLAY THE INNOCENT MIDWESTERN PLAYWRIGHT– “GOLEE. I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THE CITY
BEFORE.” AND INSTEAD WAS A SLEAZY GORDON
MILLER. THEY WERE SHOCKED. PLUT OF PLUS IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE
ME. I HAD PANTS UP TO HERE, A HALF
JAR OF POMAID AND THE BRILLIANTINE MISTASH, AND PEOPLE
SAID THAT’S NOT MARK. THAT’S GORDON MILLER. THAT’S WHY WHATI LIKE ABOUT
CHARACTER ACTORS. IF IN VOICEOVERS THEY CAST WITH
THE EARS AND NOT THE EYES AND YOU GET A LOT OF PARTS YOU
WOULDN’T GET ON CAMERA.>>Stephen: MANY HAVE SAID OF
ALL THE JOCKERS, YOURSELF IS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. ( APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: THERE WAS A RECENT
RANKING. THERE WAS A RECENT RANKING. YOU COME IN NUMBER ONE.>>I HAVE FUN. I LOVE THE JOKER! BECAUSE, I MEAN, TO GET BEHIND
THE WHEEL OF THAT CRAZY CAR. I MEAN, YOU’RE NOT IN EVERY
EPISODE, BUT WHEN YOU SHOW UP, YOU JUST CREATE CHAOS, AND IT’S
A FANTASTIC CAST. KEVIN CONROY’S BEEN MY BATMAN
SINCE ’92. WE’RE CELEBRATING OUR 25th
YEAR. AND YOU KNOW, I HAVE MY BATMAN
FAMILY, I HAVE MY “STAR WARS” FAMILY. I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE HOW MUCH
FUN I’M ZG ALL THIS. YOU GUYS, I’M TELLING YOU, I
NEVER EXPECTED THAT WE’D COME BACK. IF THEY DID ANOTHER TRILOGY THAT
THEY WOULD BRING BACK OUR CHARACTERS. AND IT WAS REALLY INTIMIDATING
AND SCARY. BUT I’M REALLY APPRECIATING IT
NOW BECAUSE IN YOUR 20s YOU SORT OF TAKE IT FOR GRANTED, AND
IT’S SO MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE NOW THAT I’M IN MY EARLY 80s. ( LAUGHTER )
AND THAT’S A TIP, BY THE WAY– IF YOU’RE GOING TO FUDGE YOUR
AGE, LIE UP, BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL SAY, “BOY, HE REALLY LOOKS GOOD
FOR 83!”>>Stephen: YOU DO.>>”HE REALLY TOOK CARE OF
HIMSELF.”>>Stephen: YOU REALLY LOOK
GREAT FOR 83.>>I DO. THANK YOU.>>Stephen: I CAN BE IN YOUR
“STAR WARS” FAMILY?>>, OF COURSE,.>>Stephen: THE 13-YEAR-OLD IN
ME IS GOING INSANE RIGHT NOW. AND PLEASE FORGIVE– THIS IS 40
YEARS COMING THIS CONVERSATION WITH YOU, BECAUSE– AND I’VE
TOLD PEOPLE SOME OF THIS AND I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THIS–
BUT THREE WEEKS BEFORE THIS MOVIE WAS RELEASED ANYWHERE
AROUND THE COUNTRY, FOR WHATEVER REASON, MY OWN STATE OF SOUTH
CAROLINA WAS A TEST MARKET, AND I WON TICKETS FROM WTMA–
>>AND SAW IT BEFORE ANYBODY ELSE.>>Stephen: THREE WEEKS BEFORE
ANY OF MY FRIENDS AND HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT EVERYTHING IS
DIFFERENT NOW.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: DID YOU GUYS WHO
WERE MAKING THE FILM, DID YOU KNOW IT WAS REALLY GOING TO
CHANGE EVERYTHING?>>OH, OF COURSE, NOT. I THOUGHT IT WAS UNIQUE IN THE
SENSE THAT IT HAD GREAT HUMOR. AND IT HAD SUCH– AS FANTASTIC
AS ALL THE SITUATIONS AND CHARACTERS WERE, IT WAS SO
RELATABLE. I MEAN, HERE WE RISK OUR LIVES
TO SAVE THE PRINCESS, THE FIRST THING SHE COMPLAINS ABOUT IS,
“YOU CAME IN THAT?”>>Stephen: “AREN’T YOU KIND
OF SHORT FOR A STORMTROOPER.” EXACTLY.>>ALL OF THAT STUFF. THAT WAS JUST SO RELATABLE AND
HUMAN. AND, YOU KNOW, I KNEW IT WASN’T
SCIENCE FICTION. I GOT THE PART FROM A SCREEN
TEST. I DIDN’T READ THE WHOLE SCRIPT
UNTIL THEY SAID, “YOU’RE GOING TO BE LUKE.” AND WHEN I– I STILL REMEMBER
THE CHAIR I WAS SITTING IN AND WHERE I WAS WHEN I STARTED
READING THIS THING. I GO, “OH, MY GOSH. THIS IS MORE LIKE ‘WIZARD OF OZ’
WITH A GENDER SWITCH, WHERE LUKE GETS SWEPT OFF INTO THIS
FANTASTIC ADVENTURE. BUT I COULDN’T BELIEVE MY EYES. BECAUSE I WAS A FAN AS A KID. I READ “FAMOUS MONSTERS”
MAGAZINES AND BUILT THE MONSTER MODEL KITS. I WAS THE BIGGEST ENTHUSIAST. I REMEMBER I WOULD GET REALLY
EXCITED AND GO, “HARRISON! WE’RE A PEZ DISPENSER NOW.” AND HE’S LIKE, “WHATEVER FLOAS
FLOETS YOUR BOAT.” ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: THAT’S JUST LIKE
HIM. I’VE INTERVIEWED HIM.>>YEAH, YOU KNOW. THAT’S THE PERFECT SORT OF– I
DON’T KNOW, WE JUST HAD A –>>Stephen: WHEN DID YOU KNOW
IT WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL?>>WELL, LISTEN, IT WAS SO
INTERESTING, BECAUSE WE WENT OFF IT’S THREE OF US– I CALL THEM
CARISON AND HARRY– ANDY WE WOULD GET ON THE PLANE INGE VAN
TIEWFER, FIRST. AND THE MOVIE OPENED WHEN WE
WERE ON TOUR, AND BY THE TIME WE GOT TO, WHICH I LOOKED OUT THE
WINDOW AS WE LANDED AND THERE WERE MOBS OF PEOPLE.>>Stephen: AT THE AIRPORT?>>AT THE AIRPORT! I SAID, “HEY, YOU GUYS, I THINK
THERE’S SOMEBODY FAMOUS ON THE PLANE.” AND I’M LOOKING AROUND FAIR
CELEBRITY. AND AS WE GOT CLOSER, I WENT,
“CARRIE, THERE’S A LITTLE GIRL OUT THERE WITH YOUR FURRY
HEADPHONES. AND HARRISON, THERE’S A GUY WITH
YOUR VEST.” THERE WERE KIDS OUT THERE WITH
SIGNS “MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.” THEY WERE DRESSED LIKE US. AND WE WERE LIKE —
>>Stephen: IT WAS ME. ( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) IT WAS– IT WAS KIND OF ME. I WAS ONE OF THOSE KIDS– I WAS
ONE OF THOSE KIDS WHO, LIKE, AT NIGHT, WHEN NO ONE WAS AROUND
WOULD DO THIS… THINKING IF I COULD JUST CONCENTRATE ENOUGH.>>I STILL DO IT AT
SUPERMARKETS.>>Stephen: REALLY?>>YEAH, WHEN THE DOORS OPEN. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: OH REALLY!>>WELL, YOU KNOW, IT’S ONE OF
THOSE THINGS. I MEAN, I’M ENJOYING– LIKE I
SAY, IT’S JUST SO WONDERFUL TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH SOMETHING
THAT MAKES PEOPLE SO HAPPY. THIS COP STOPPED ME TO SAY, “DO
YOU KNOW HOW FAST YOU WERE GOING?”
I’M SO SCARED OF THE COPS YOU KNOW, LIKE THE MIRRORED GLASSES
IN “PSYCHO.” I SAID, “NO, OFFICER.” I’M ALWAYS REALLY POLITE. “I’M SORRY.” YOU TRY TO TALK YEARS OUT. “I’M GOING TO LET YOU GO WITH A
WARNING. WHEN LIGHT CYBER DO YOU USE IN
THE MOVIE, GREEN OR BLUE.” AND YOU SEE THIS 40-YEAR-OLD GUY
TURN INTO AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD RIGHT BEFORE YOUR PIPES WHAT A
TREAT IT’S BEEN.>>Stephen: WHICH COLOR
LIGHTSABER. I KNOW YOU CAN’T TELL US
ANYTHING SO TELL US EVERYTHING! IN “THE FORCE AWAKENS” YOU SHOW
UP AT THE LAST MINUTE IN THERE.>>THE MOST ELABORATE ENTRANCE
IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: IT’S A
TWO-AND-A-HALF-HOUR FORPLAY.>>AND EVERYBODY IS TALKING
ABOUT ME FOR TWO HOURS.>>Stephen: YEAH.>>”THE SWORD OF SKYWALKER IS
TOO POWERFUL. SKYWALKER MUST BE STOPPED.” I’M GOING, “OH, GOOD.” I’M WRITING ALL THIS STUFF DOWN. I REMEMBER THINKING WHEN I GOT
TO THE SCENE– I HOPE EVERYBODY HAS SEEN IT– WHEN THE LIGHT
SABER JIGGLES IN THE FOREST AND FLIES OUT OF THE SNOW, I’M LIKE,
“OH, BABY, HERE I AM!” IT GOES TO REY. I SAID SHE DIDN’T GONE FN DO ANY
TRAINING. WHAT’S GOING ON HERE.>>Stephen: WHAT IS GOING ON. SHE DIDN’T DO TRAINING. HOW CAN SHE STAND UP.>>FANS POINT OUT, “YOU QUIT
YOUR TRAINING, YOUNG MAN. DON’T GET SO MOUTHY.” THERE WAS THE ORIGINAL, THERE
WAS THE PREQUEL, AND THIS IS THE NEXT GENERATION. LUKE IS NO LONGER THE
PROTAGONIST, IT’S REY, AND IT’S NOT MY STORY ANYMORE. IT’S JUST SO FUN TO BE INVITED
BACK TO THE PARTY, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DIDN’T THINK IT WAS
GOING TO HAPPEN.>>Stephen: I KNOW YOU CAN’T
CLEAR MUCH UP FOR US. BUT CAN WE– WHAT CAN WE INFER
FROM THE PHOTO I’M ABOUT TO SHOW? HAVE YOU SEEN THIS AT ALL. OKAY, SO, “STAR WARS–” YOU CAN
SELL ANYTHING WITH “STAR WARS,” INCLUDING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. AND IF YOU LOOK ON THIS PHOTO OF
DOLE PRODUCTS, YOU’VE GOT DARTH VADER ON APPLES, YODA ON
GRAPES– NATURALLY, GREEN. YOU’VE GOT R2-D2 ON A HEAD OF
CAULIFLOWER, AND LUKE IS ON A BAG OF ICEBERG LETTUCE. ( LAUGHTER )
DOES THAT MEAN YOU’RE GOING BACK TO THE ICE PLANET OF HOFF? WHAT CAN WE DISCERN FROM YOU
BEING ON ICEBERG LETTUCE?>>WELL, IF YOU GO TO @HAMILL–
SHAMELESSLY PANDERING FOR MORE FOLLOW EARS YOU CAN SEE MY
TWEETS ON THAT. I SAID WE LOVE “STAR WARS”
FRUITS AND VEGGIIES. BUT YODA AND VADER HAD IT MUCH
EASIER BECAUSE WHO DOESN’T LIKE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. LUKE HAD IT HARDER. POOR R2-D2, NO MATTER HOW
ADORABLE HE IS ON THAT COVER, IT’S STILL CAULIFLOWER! NO KID IS GOING TO BE FOOLED BY
THAT. THEY WANT IT TO BE M&Ms.>>Stephen: I THINK THIS MEANS
YOUR CHARACTER DIES AND I’LL TELL YOU WHY. BECAUSE IF YOU EAT ONLY ICEBERG
LETTUCE, YOU WILL DIE OF MALNUTRITION.>>I GOT A LOT OF BACKLASH FROM
PEOPLE WHO LOVE CAULIFLOWER, SO, PLEASE, NO MORE HATE TWEETS.>>Stephen: THERE ARE PEOPLE
WHO HATE TWEET OVER CAULIFLOWER?>>YES. NO, I’M NOT KIDDING. THEY SAID, “WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT ROASTED
WITH GARLIC?” I MEAN, IT’S ONLY A JOKE, YOU
KNOW. DON’T TAKE ME SERIOUSLY. I’M JUST ANOTHER CRANK ON
TWITTER. ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE ) ( CHEERS )
LISTEN, IF YOU’VE PLAYED THE TRICKSTER AND THE JOKER, AS I
HAVE, FOR SO MANY YEARS, THE UPSIDE IS NOBODY TAKES ANYTHING
YOU SAY SERIOUSLY, AND THAT’S A GOOD THING, BECAUSE IT’S
LIBERATING, YOU KNOW. YOU’RE JUST– YOU’RE A JESTER. YOU’RE THERE FOR FUN. I’M HAVING SO MUCH FUN, AND TO
ME, THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, YOU KNOW. I’M IN THE BUSINESS OF ESCAPISM. AND EVERYBODY WANTS TO GO TO
HOGWARTS OR MIDDLE EARTH, OR WHEREVER– OZ, THE LAND OF OZ,
OR TO A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY– BECAUSE IT’S THERAPEUTIC. REAL LIFE IS REALLY UNPLEASANT
AT TIMES. AND THIS IS A GOOD WAY FOR YOU
TO, YOU KNOW, FORGET ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS FOR TWO HOURS. OH, IN THIS CASE, THIS IS THE
LONGEST “STAR WARS” FILM. THIS IS TWO AND A HALF HOURS,
WHICH YOU’LL FIND OUT IN ABOUT A WEEK. ( APPLAUSE )
I KNOW, I KNOW.>>Stephen: QUICK QUESTION
ABOUT ESCAPING. DO YOU EVER WISH YOU COULD HAVE
SEEN “STAR WARS”?>>I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENED WAS WHEN I
KNEW IT WAS GEORGE LUKAS WHO HAD DONE “AMERICAN GRAFFITI” AND
EVEN FROM THAT ONE SCENE I SAID, “I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THIS. I WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE FIRST
DAY, FIRST SHOW, REGARDLESS OF —
>>Stephen: AGAIN, LITTLE ME.>>YEAH, YEAH.>>Stephen: TOTALLY CHANGED
MY– WHAT I WANTED FOR MY ENTERTAINMENT.>>SO MANY PEOPLE COME TO ME AND
SAY, “I BECAME THIS OR THAT BECAUSE OF THE FILM.” PEOPLE IN THE BUSINESS, LIGHTING
PEOPLE, MAKEUP PEOPLE. YOU KNOW, THERE ARE CERTAIN
FILMS THAT JUST INSPIRE PEOPLE IN A WAY THAT THEY CAN’T
EXPLAIN.>>Stephen: HAS THE FILM DOES
DONE THAT FOR YOU?>>WELL, WHAT I FIND MORE
INSPIRING IS THE REACTION OF THE FANS, THE PEOPLE THAT LOVE IT. I MEAN, I– I—- STIPULATE THAT
IT’S NOT FOR EVERYBODY. NOT EVERYBODY LOVES “STAR WARS.” BUT THE PEOPLE WHO DO, I CALL
U.P.F.s– ULTRAPASSIONATE FANS. AND THEY LOVE THIS THING TO THE
POINT WHERE THEY RELATE STORIES OF HOW IT GOT THEM THROUGH THEIR
MOTHER’S ILLNESS OR THEY MET THEIR LIFE ONLINE OR THEY– IT
JUST– IT’S BECOME SUCH A FABRIC OF THEIR LIVES. IT’S TRULY MOVING. I DON’T SEE IT ON A DAY-TO-DAY
BASIS, BUT WHEN GIOUT IN PUBLIC OR TO THESE CELEBRATIONS AND SO
FORTH, IT’S JUST ASTONISHING HOW PASSIONATE THEY REALLY ARE. AND I DON’T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. AND, YOU KNOW, IF IT WEREN’T FOR
THE FANS, I WOULDN’T BE SITTING HERE TALKING TO STEPHEN COLBERT. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: FOR YOUR MOVIES. THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK TO DO
THIS. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.>>MY PLEASURE.>>Stephen: MARK HAMILL,
EVERYBODY. “THE LAST JEDI” IS IN THEATERS
DECEMBER 15.

15 comments on “Mark Hamill: The Best Star Wars Fans Are ‘U-P-Fs’

  1. What a nice guy. I was 7 in 1977 and that film had a far more positive and significant effect than catholic school. Every kid dreamed of being Luke so its perfect that Hamill is cool.

  2. I kinda lost my passion after Last Jedi. That movie is pure garbage. I was angry even after Force Awakens but in time I accepted the face that it was a cool start of a new story. Even though it ripped off the original trilogy. I liked the new characters, a lot of mystery about them and stuff… But then the Last Jedi came… I still don't understand what happened. Felt almost like a sabotage. The worst thing is I kind of stopped being angry. I just don't care anymore. I don't even know if I want to see the last of the three. And I am not just pretending. I genuinely lost interest. I was a huge Star Wars lover. I saw the New Hope in cinema when I was five. Rian Johnson is an egoistic prick. He was consumed by the idea of himself being a revolutionary director changing the course of the whole plot and being celebrated all around the globe. You all know how it turned out in the end… ego instead of a real vision. That can never end well.

  3. Imagine having a bad day and as you're walking into the supermarket the older guy in front of you pretends to use the force to open the automatic doors. You laugh, knowing youve done it more times than you can count. Looking back, you realize the older guy is Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.

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