In a long report devoted to the return of the Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker), the star reveals that he had to go under a strict diet regimen in order to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. According to a report from Daily Mail, citing an article from Rolling Stone, Carrie Fisher wasn’t the only Star Wars actor who had to lose weight for the the seventh installment in the film series. Hamill was reportedly put on an intense diet and training program, which resulted in him dropping 50 pounds off his frame.
“I’m on the “if it tastes good, don’t eat it” diet,” Hamill was quoted as saying in the December issue of Rolling Stone.
Although the 64-year-old “seems to have lost a good 50 pounds,” as he put it, it was obvious that Hamill wasn’t too thrilled with his current menu.
“Look at what I’m eating now instead of potato chips and bagels,” he said, as he showed off a fruit and vegetable plate.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hamill isn’t not looking to be praised for his new look, saying that “implies that I looked so dreadful before!”
As People magazine pointed out, Hamill’s weight loss may be related to a speculated dark character turn for Luke Skywalker. The character doesn’t appear on the film’s poster, and other than a brief shot of his hand, isn’t seen in trailers.
As mentioned above, at the request of producers, Fisher was also asked to lose weight in order to reprise her role as Princess Leia. Carrie revealed to Good Housekeeping U.K that she was pressured to lose more than 35 pounds for the highly-anticipated film.
“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher told Good Housekeeping U.K in a recent interview. “Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.”
It seems that the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is ready for the world premiere of the film, but meanwhile, they have not just been idly sitting around in the Millennium Falcon. Many of the film’s stars have been busy participating in charity events.
ABC News wrote that Hamill appears in a new Star Wars YouTube video to promote an Omaze fundraising campaign for 15 charities chosen by the cast of the new Star Wars movie. Hamill, who disguised himself as a stormtrooper before greeting fans on Hollywood Boulevard, participated in the event as a way to raise money for the Force for Change initiative, a collection of 15 different charities selected by members of the cast and crew of The Force Awakens.
“The last time anybody saw me in a stormtrooper outfit was when we rescued the princess on the Death Star,” Hamill says in the video.
A $10 donation to a charity via Omaze gives you the opportunity to either win a prize; in this case, a trip and four tickets to the premiere of the film. There is still the opportunity to participate through Omaze. However, it will be ending soon.
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