Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has been a geek culture icon for upwards of 40 years. The man who brought Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker to life was a relative unknown in Hollywood prior to appearing in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) — long before it received its Episode IV distinction.
Hamill, alongside Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo), became the stuff of cinematic legend in the Star Wars original trilogy, which also included Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).
He has now been synonymous with the name “Luke Skywalker” for upwards of four decades, even reprising his role in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and, shockingly, in Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s Disney+ hit, The Mandalorian.
Through the years, Hamill has embraced the Star Wars fan community, frequently interacting with fans and engaging with his followers on social media. Today, Hamill hilariously confirmed that — while he might be a nerd icon now — he has always been a little on the dorky side.
He re-Tweeted a post from a fan about his high school Student Council days:
mark being a student council nerd with a goofy comb-over is legit the most mark hamill thing ever #MayTheDorkBeWithYou
Hamill’s loyal followers immediately starting reacting to the photos, taken not too long before Hamill was cast in George Lucas’s first Star Wars movie at age 26, and they can’t get enough of dorky teenage Mark.
Educator Carol D. Voight wrote:
As a Student Council Advisor AND Mark Hamill fan, this picture is EPIC! Thank you @HamillHimself!
— Carol D. Voight (@voightNCScience) March 6, 2021
Alyson Pike Tweeted:
Mark Hamill re-tweeting someone about being a student council president nerd with a goofy comb-over is the most Mark Hamill thing ever
Mark Hamill re-tweeting someone about being a student council president nerd with a goofy comb-over is the most Mark Hamill thing ever https://t.co/BzenScYV0M
— Alyson Pike (@Puppy_lover2245) March 6, 2021
Hamill follower Dennis Farkas impressively animated one of the photos of young Hamill and wrote:
What was that young man thinking at the time?
What was that young man thinking at the time?😁😁 pic.twitter.com/Dd3wUqKEVt
— Dennis Farkas🎞️📽️🌊 (@Cheeks1128) March 6, 2021
Some fans had a blast imagining hilarious platforms Hamill might have run on. Jason Ford posted:
“You specifically ran on the promise of including more vending machines in the lunchroom. When can we expect action on this? And follow-up, will there be a dedicated “Yoo-Hoo” machine?”
“You specifically ran on the promise of including more vending machines in the lunchroom. When can we expect action on this? And follow-up, will there be a dedicated “Yoo-Hoo” machine?”🙂
— Jason Ford (@jason_ford) March 6, 2021
Finally, the original poster even chimed in:
considering that you had already liked this day four days ago mister hamill, did you go back to it just because you thought of a funny caption to drag me? if so, thank you very much sir
considering that you had already liked this day four days ago mister hamill, did you go back to it just because you thought of a funny caption to drag me?
if so, thank you very much sir
— bea (@worshipfuIness) March 6, 2021
To see all of the responses, visit Mark Hamill’s official Twitter account.
Will Mark Hamill return to Star Wars?
Hamill’s beloved Star Wars character became one with the Force in Rian Johnson’s controversial Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017).
Then, following the release of Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019), Hamill expressed that he had no intention of returning to the Star Wars franchise and, essentially, was passing the lightsaber to a new generation.
Then, of course, The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode happened and the possibility for Hamill to continue playing Skywalker in one form or another — CGI was used to de-age the actor for his Disney+ cameo — once again existed.
At this time, Hamill has not confirmed if he has any intention of reprising his role as Grogu’s new Jedi Master again, but he has shared great gratitude toward Mandalorian director Peyton Reed and the rest of the creative team behind the series.
The Mandalorian cast, including Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin), Rosario Dawson (Ahsoka Tano), Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Krzye), and Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), were beside themselves with excitement to work with a Star Wars legend.
What do you think about Hamill’s high school self? Do you hope he returns to the Star Wars galaxy again?