Last night Mark Hamill stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers, ostensibly to promote his appearance in the latest season of the History Channel series Knightfall. Of course what that REALLY means is we were treated to another installment of Mark Hamill’s patented Star Wars Story Time, where he regales us with his on-set memories because Luke’s gotta Luke, y’all. But what makes this interview extra-adorable is that he combined his Jedi nostalgia with his other go-to talent: his voice acting skills. And the end result is a damn fine bit of Harrison Ford mimicry…
Hamill gets so into it! He’s got the voice, the inflection, the facial expression — all of it is pitch perfect, like you’re actually witnessing an exchange between the two of them outside of that trash compactor 40 years ago. And it’s nice to hear another co-star confirm what Ryan Gosling already knows (i.e. that Ford is “a cool motherf*cker”).
But when you combine it with Hamill’s observation about Ford’s, uh, general energy level (“I think he’d make a really good director if he weren’t so lazy”), it opens up a whole world of possibilities. Because here’s the thing: stories about Harrison Ford straight-up not giving a sh*t are a dime a dozen. It’s an essential part of his indisputable charm! But what if you could combine Ford’s whole “phoning it in for a paycheck” vibe with Hamill’s indefatigable thirst for performance?
What if you could hire just Mark Hamill to… BE Harrison Ford?
Hear me out! Sure, maybe it would only work in cartoons, or in darkly-lit movies where Hamill could stand on a box in a wide-brimmed hat and let his Ford-voice shine. And yes, they’d definitely need to arrange some sort of fee-split for the performance rights. But I think it would be more than worth it, to maximize our ability to enjoy Harrison Ford on-screen without having to bother him while he plans his next Halloween costume or whatever. If anything, I think we, and Hamill, would be doing the poor man a favor. Because I bet you anything if he could find a way to make money without having to show up, he’d say yes. At the very least, it would add to the pile of dough he’s already buried his soul under.
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