Image of the Day: Mark Hamill shares rare Luke Skywalker pic

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Mar 20, 2017

Of the thousands of BTS Star Wars pics I've spied over the decades, I can honestly say that this awesome shot of Luke Skywalker on the Tatooine set of Star Wars: A New Hope is virgin to my eyes.

Mark Hamill recently shared this contemplative image via Twitter, which might be one of the rarest photos of the young moisture farmer and future heroic Jedi. Hamill furthers this claim by stating in his Tweet that this gem could be the very first shot of Skywalker in the desert sands of Tunisia in 1976. Captured just before George Lucas ordered the Panavision cameras to roll, it's a crisp, clear morning with a pale blue sky and a cluster of costumed Jawas in the background.

Friend and colleague WB Animation publicist Gary Miereanu‏ fired off a note and wondered, "At that very moment, were you thinking 'This is gonna be my big break' or 'Crap, it's early, dusty and way too bright?'"

Hamill responded with "Judging by my clueless expression, probably both. Crew was kind but thought #SW was 'rubbish'-I kept telling them 'We're on a winner!'"

I guess Hamill was right!

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(via CBM)