The late, great Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia Organa may have famously quipped that her would-be white-armor-rocking jailbreaker, Luke Skywalker, was “a little short for a stormtrooper” (just to get that joke out of the way), but in the garrulously geeky ether of San Diego Comic-Con, there are no limitations on who can dress as the galaxy’s most terrible marksmen… including one Mark Hamill!
On Saturday at SDCC, Hamill continued a long tradition of celebrities walking the Comic-Con floor in costume, donning the iconic stormtrooper armor, and evoking the warm and fuzzy feelings we all got from the 1977 franchise-launcher, Star Wars: A New Hope.
In the film formerly known as just Star Wars, the Tatooine-displaced farmboy-turned-wannabe-Jedi donned the armor while infiltrating the Death Star. However, to mollify the nitpicky among us, we need to point out that this time around, Hamill wore the updated First Order stormtrooper version from the current sequel films, in which he reprised his Luke Skywalker role some 30 years later.
Hamill walked the floor fully incognito, shaking hands and posing for pictures, mirroring the typical experience of Comic-Con cosplayers. However, after the word got out that Hamill himself was among the white-rocking rovers, the Star Wars fans who snapped those photos were starting to wonder if they had unwittingly caught their hero in real life. The answer, in the case of some, was yes, evidenced by one particular floor interaction that Hamill later took the time to confirm.
Hamill also happens to be a fan of Fox's cancelled cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, standing as one of the loudest voices for its eventual rescue by NBC. Consequently, his first incognito appearance at this year's Comic-Con was at the panel for that series.
Interestingly, this latest Comic-Con exhibition is thematically akin to Hamill’s fourth-wall-riding starring/directorial project in 2004’s Comic-Con-set quasi-documentary, Comic Book: The Movie. However, it was not the first time since 1977’s original Star Wars that Hamill donned stormtrooper armor to tease fans.
The last time occurred rather recently, back in December of 2015, when the actor trolled passersby on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame for a video promoting the Charity site, Omaze, building to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He was even wearing the updated First Order stormtrooper outfit as well. That, claims Hamill, was the first time that he wore stormtrooper armor since the filming of A New Hope.
Regardless, SDCC 2018 attendees who interacted with a gaggle of First Order stormtroopers may want to go back and review their photos to check to see if one of those folks was a little short for… well, you know.
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