Mark Hamill starred in his weight loss success for Star Wars, and now he’s ready to discuss how he succeeded and how much he lost. Although it’s been many moons since Mark played Luke Skywalker, Hamill revealed that he revived the role and slipped sleekly into the costumes by achieving a total weight loss of about 50 pounds, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Like Carrie Fisher, who also shed pounds for her portrayal of Princess-turned General Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mark isn’t trying to hide the fact that he had to diet to soar again. Still, at 64, Hamill is not thrilled at what weight loss involves.
“Look at what I’m eating now instead of potato chips and bagels,” said Hamill of a plate of fruit and veggies. “I’m on the ‘if it tastes good, don’t eat it’ diet.”
If you think you might pen Mark a compliment about his newly sleek physique, it’s not recommended.
“[A compliment] implies that I looked so dreadful before!” pointed out Hamill about his weight loss success.
“That’s our escape clause,” claimed Mark. “You know, if I’m the only one, I’ll look terrible — but if he doesn’t do it, I don’t have to do it.”
Despite that secret plot, you can look for Hamill and Harrison both to star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it soars into theaters December 18.
Their pal, Carrie Fisher, will be there too and 35 pounds lighter thanks to her own weight-loss regimen, reports the Chicago Tribune.
This is not the first time that Carrie has lost weight for Star Wars. Even though she only weighed 105 pounds in 1977, the actress was requested to shed even more weight to portray Princess Leia. At 19 and 5-foot-1, Fisher took it in stride. But then, decades later, came the invitation to play the same role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a new weight loss requirement of 35 pounds.
Carrie initially assumed that with the times a-changing and new awareness of issues such as body image and sexism in Hollywood, she would not be required to shed pounds. The role seemed to be hers; and, it was, as long as she shed the weight.
And yes, the actress was angry at the pressure to achieve a set weight loss goal.
“They don’t want to hire all of me — only about three-quarters!” declared Carrie. “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.”
This isn’t the first time that Carrie has been outspoken about her weight. She also was a Jenny Craig spokeswoman who was candid about how she struggled to be “good” on her diet.
“It was good that I had to be accountable, because I’m a big, childish, 54-year-old cheat,” admitted the actress. “I mean, everything I seem to start I end up abusing and have to stop it. There’s not much left, though.”
As to precisely how she lost those 35 pounds this time around, Fisher credits a strict diet and fitness plan, reported Business Insider.
Although Mark Hamill credited his own 50-pound weight loss to a strict diet that cut out foods he liked, Carrie believes that exercise trumps diet when it comes to her own weight loss success.
“I have a harder time eating properly than I do exercising. It’s easier for me to add an activity than to deny myself something,” explained the actress. “When I do lose the weight I don’t like that it makes me feel good about myself. It’s not who I am.”
Carrie blames Hollywood for maintaining the focus on weight.
“Everyone in LA says, ‘Oh you look good,’ and you listen for them to say you’ve lost weight. It’s never ‘How are you?’ or ‘You seem happy!'” the actress slammed of the entertainment industry’s preoccupation with weight loss.
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