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Mark Hamill sets the record straight about landing dream role of Luke Skywalker, and what Robert Englund had to do with it

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Oct 22, 2018

Mark Hamill's Twitter account is the gift that keeps on giving. After letting fans in on the fact that Luke Skywalker will indeed be returning for Episode IX, despite the character's surprising demise in the The Last Jedicampaigning for Carrie Fisher to get a much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; and giving a shout-out to a bullied kid, the actor's latest deed is setting the record straight about his own origin story.

For years, legend has told that prior to his Freddy Krueger days Robert Englund was up for the role of Han Solo and it was he who told Mark Hamill, who was sleeping on his couch at the time, about Star Wars and convinced him to audition. While it's true the actors, who would both go on to become screen legends, were close friends, Robert was one of several actors who told Hamill about Star Wars.

And as for sleeping on the future dream master's couch? Hamill had over two dozen TV credits to his name before landing the role of a lifetime, and as he tweets below, had his own apartment.

Mark Hamill will next be seen in the History channel series Knightfall, and the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX next year.

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