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Mark Hamill spills behind the scenes secrets of the original Star Wars trilogy

As well as a totally necessary F-bomb, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill dropped some curious details about the production of the original trilogy on a recent episode of The Graham Norton Show.

Arguably, the reveal of Darth Vader as Luke’s father in The Empire Strikes Back is one of the most iconic moments in cinema history.

During the episode of The Graham Norton Show aired December 15, the lauded host asked Luke Skywalker himself how he managed to safeguard such a secret before release, and it turns out director Irvin Kershner deployed some serious mafia tactics on him.

“In that scene, the way we filmed it, Vader said ‘You don’t know the truth, Obi-wan killed your father’ and the idea of Alec Guinness being the real villain, I thought wow what a spectacular twist,” said Hamill.

“Director Irvin Kershner took me aside, came to my dress room actually, and he said, ‘I’m going to tell you something, I know it, George Lucas knows it, and when I tell you, you’ll know it, but if it leaks, we’ll know it was you.’”

The beloved actor managed to keep the secret for over a year until the unexpected ending was revealed at the world premiere.

“At the screening, when that happened, Harrison turned to me and said, ‘Hey, kid, you didn’t fucking tell me that.’ I apologise for the f-bomb, I only use it for historical accuracy!” Hamill joked. “I was so thrilled, because I don’t like having the burden of that. I talk in my sleep, I’m clearly dangerous.”

The show also featured fellow Star Wars cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Gwendoline Christie along with musician Sam Smith.

In the episode, Hamill also hilariously recalls how he trained for a year before knowing his part in The Force Awakens was limited to a deep stare on the very last page of the script.

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