Star Wars has always been a franchise that keeps plot details shrouded in secrecy. For example, back in the early 1980s, the production on Return of the Jedi was carried out under the false title “Blue Harvest” in order to prevent any leaks to the public. Now, with the internet able to spread leaks like wildfire, Disney has taken even more drastic steps to prevent story details from leaking out in the new era of Star Wars films.
While last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens ultimately benefited from Disney’s ability to stop too many details from being revealed leading up to the film’s release, the process of keeping such a tight lid on things can be frustrating for those working on the film itself, as actor Mark Hamill revealed today at the Star Wars Celebration event in London.
Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker and just recently finished his scenes for Star Wars Episode VIII, argues that a lot of the frustration stems from how scripts are handled/
“It can be annoying and intrusive,” Hamill said. “You get call sheets, there’s no names, everybody’s got a number! You’re number 11. You’re 33. You’re looking at the call sheets wondering who’s working today, and it’s like oh I loved 22’s work. She’s twice as good as 11.”
Ever his self-deprecating self, Hamill joked that most of the struggle stems from being older now (he’s 64 years old), and needing to make notes in the margins to stay on top of everything.
“I understand why they’re doing it, but it can get really out of control with the pages that get shredded every day,” Hamill said. “I’m in the elderly recluse stage of my career, I have to write cartoons in the margins to make me remember these lines. need a script you can write on and take home and look and read! So they let me have one scene, and I keep it on my person.”
Despite his frustrations with the process itself, Hamill is convinced it’s all for the best and that ultimately, preserving the experience for fans is what’s important.
“They’re not doing it to annoy you, it’s just that they want the surprise to be in the movie theaters, not the internet,” he explained. “You don’t want to know what you’re getting for your birthday! I had two sisters who used to go up and look at my parent’s closet and tell me, ‘You’re getting a Beanie and Cecil board game for your birthday.’ I was like, ‘Why did you tell me!’ Now I have to act surprised.”
(Source: The Wrap)