Before Mark Hamill was able to return as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” he had to train for two years.
According to Rolling Stone, Hamill went through a “brutal training regime” to shape up for his iconic character. The actor lost a reported 50 pounds before embodying Luke Skywalker in the upcoming Disney production that is setting pre-sale box office records. At the age of 64 it was no easy task for the actor to get into the best physical shape after such a long absence from the role.
It turns out Hamill wasn’t the only one needing to shape up. Disney expected actress Carrie Fisher, who plays Princess Leia, to lose weight for her comeback to the screen. She was critical of how Hollywood was obsessed with body image but didn’t direct her anger directly towards Disney despite the regimen she had to adopt to prepare for the Star Wars production.
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Hamill certainly looks in top physical form after all the hard work. Recently Harrison Ford was shown the final cut and felt that it was a “wonderful movie.” Will it live up to the hype? There are just over 10 days to go.