Any “Star Wars” fan would be disappointed to know that Carrie Fisher herself doesn’t yet have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Well, her co-star Mark Hamill is trying to change that…and soon.
Hamill, also known as Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, recently started a campaign to convince the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to install a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that honors Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films and passed away in December 2016. Hamill urged fans to take part in his campaign in a post to Twitter this morning, writing, “Carrie WILL get her well-deserved Star on the Walk of Fame, it’s only a matter of when. The rule is a 5-year wait when awarded posthumously. A letter to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce wouldn’t hurt, urging them to time it to the release of #EpIX #AlwaysWithUs.”
Carrie WILL get her well-deserved Star on the Walk of Fame, it's only a matter of when. The rule is a 5-year wait when awarded posthumously. A letter to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce wouldn't hurt, urging them to time it to the release of #EpIX⭐️#AlwaysWithUs pic.twitter.com/CVMX1csDwJ
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) October 9, 2018
As SyFy points out, it’s not uncommon for celebrities to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after they have passed away (people like Steve Irwin and John Denver received stars after their passing). But like Hamill says, there is generally a five-year wait period between the time of a celebrity’s passing and the awarding of the star. Hamill’s campaign urges the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to make an exception to that rule and honor Fisher with the star he and so many “Star Wars” fans believe she deserves. Hamill received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March of this year, and both Harrison Ford (otherwise known as Han Solo) and “Star Wars” creator George Lucas attended his ceremony. Awarding Fisher with a star would be a fantastic way to honor the actress, who will still appear in the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” as General Leia Organa via unused footage of her from “The Last Jedi.”
Several fans responded to Hamill’s Tweet, sharing comments like, “Should have had a star years ago” and “Okay, time to write letters for Carrie. Who’s with me?” Others started to share the campaign with the hashtag #AStarforCarrie and even posted the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce mailing address to spread the word. It’s too soon to tell whether Hamill will be successful in persuading the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, but we commend him for trying. After all, “Star Wars” would have been entirely different without Fisher.
What do you think of Mark Hamill’s campaign to get Carrie Fisher her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Let us know in the comments!