How Mark Hamill almost died during the shooting of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Sep 15, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT

Actor Harrison Ford wasn’t the only one who had a near-fatal brush with death while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

A report over at The Times (via Huffington Post) says that Mark Hamill, who plays a now-Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, was almost "a goner" last year after he slipped on the rocks of Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near County Kerry in Ireland. Two tourists have died in recent years on the rocky outcrop, but Hamill was saved from becoming the third fatality by a guide from the Irish Office of Public Works, who managed to catch him in time as Hamill lost his footing while climbing the treacherous steps that lead up to the ruins of a sixth-century monastery.

The 180-meter-high island boasts more than 600 steep and slippery steps that take tourists up to the ruins of the monastery, and the terrain has been described as being “unforgiving.” Take a look at the pic below to see what they mean. 

Another report over at The Mirror says that the Star Wars movie producers had already raised some concerns about Mark Hamill’s, erm, agility, prior to the shooting of The Force Awakens. Some film notes apparently read: "Our lead actor is in his 60s and less agile than most."

Mark Hamill’s near-fatal accident happened a few short weeks after Harrison Ford was airlifted to hospital after he broke his ankle on set in an accident that involved a hydraulic door at Pinewood Studios. Ford had an even more hair-raising accident when he crashed his plane in March of this year.

Looks like the Force is strong with those two.


(via Huffington Post)