Why Mark Hamill was skeptical about returning to The Flash (and what changed his mind)

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Mar 31, 2015, 11:02 AM EDT (Updated)

Considering Mark Hamill will go on to star in what is almost guaranteed to be one of the biggest movies of 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you wouldn’t think he’d be intimidated signing on for a cameo in a CW television series. Well, then you’d be wrong.

Turns out Hamill is a huge fan of The CW’s Flash series (as he should be, it rocks) and was elated when he got the call to pop in for a cameo to reprise his role of the Trickster, originated in the 1990 TV version of The Flash. He might be Luke Skywalker, but Hamill still gets a bit nervous when stepping into the frame for a series he adores.

In a chat with IGN, Hamill said he didn’t want to "show up and ruin the series," but after settling in, it was like “slipping into a comfy old pair of tennis shoes.” The early footage of Hamill back as a seasoned version of the Trickster, who is drawn out when a young copycat (Devon Graye) takes up his mantle, looks deliciously fun. Here's how Hamill explained the process:

"My daughter Chelsea is a big fan, and I watched it from the very first episode. In fact, I even thought, since they were doing Mirror Master and Weather Wizard and various other Rogues’ Gallery characters, I wonder if they’re going to do the Trickster. And then I got a call from my business people saying, 'They want you to do something on The Flash.' And I was thinking [I would be] like a colleague of John Wesley Shipp's, a professor, something age-appropriate -- I'm not getting back in that one-piece jumpsuit, spandex deal. So I said, 'Well, who do they want me to play?' And they said, 'The Trickster.' I just couldn’t believe it, because I couldn't figure out how that could be, unless it’s some kind of weird time travel episode. I don’t know. But I was very skeptical. But then, I called Andrew. One thing that impressed me about the show is how smart the writing is. I mean, it's got the fantasy element, the comic book elements, but it's really strong in characters.

I shouldn’t have been surprised when they had such an ingenious idea as having Devon Graye play a new Trickster. When I read the script, I said, 'Who’s this punk getting all my stuff?' I reacted just like I was in character. Because he really gets to do all the fun, Trickstery things with the parachute bombs and whatnot … I just am so enamored of this young actor, Devon Graye. I just think he’s so vulnerable. I'd seen Devon working, and I thought he was very, very good, but there was a take where he confesses his devotion for me and he was so real. It was astonishing how troubled a kid this was. I'm just doing my crazy comic book guy. It's just not tethered to reality in my mind. And he brought it so close to home in terms of how emotionally damaged he was. I’m telling you, it just moved me beyond words."

After seeing how the producers have guided this series through some major twists during its first season, we have to agree with Hamill. They’ve taken a series that could’ve been beyond corny and turned it into one of the best comic-book shows ever to grace the small screen. If any show can pull this off, it’s The Flash.

Hamill’s version of “The Trickster” is set to debut in tonight’s episode of The Flash on The CW. Will you be checking it out?

(Via IGN)