logo
Getty Images
Getty Images

Mark Hamill's Car Accident: Reason behind the Star's Aged Appearance in 2nd 'Star Wars' Film

Andile Mthimkhulu
Aug 23, 2022
10:15 P.M.

Mark Hamill has been in the entertainment industry since the late 1950s. Fame came for the veteran actor when he appeared in "Star Wars" in 1977. Mark Hamill's car accident took place that same year.

Advertisement

Mark Hamill has one of Hollywood's most extended lists of acting credits. Before he became well-known in the 70s, he was involved in a car accident.

On January 11, 1977, Hamill sustained a fractured left cheekbone and nose. Due to Hamill's injuries, his nose had to be reconstructed by taking cartilage from his ear.

Mark Hamill circa 1980 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Mark Hamill circa 1980 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

The accident occurred just months before his sci-fi film "Star Wars: A New Hope" was released. Hamill was not well-known then, so his accident didn't receive widespread media coverage.

It was only after his film's release that people noticed the actor. To this day, he's well-known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, earning him three Saturn Awards. But Mark Hamill looked older in his second "Star Wars" film; here's why.

Advertisement
American actor Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV - "A New Hope." | Source: Getty Images

American actor Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV - "A New Hope." | Source: Getty Images

DID MARK HAMILL'S CAR ACCIDENT CHANGE "STAR WARS?"

Before Hamill's breakthrough role in "Star Wars: A New Hope," he appeared in countless roles as an actor and a voice-over artist.

Some of the shows he featured the longest in include the soap opera "General Hospital" and "Eight Is Enough." He also did a voice-over in "The New Scooby-Doo Movies."

The success of "Star Wars" changed not only Hamill's career but also the movie business, as not many expected the film to become a smash hit.

Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars: Episode V - "The Empire Strikes Back". | Source: Getty Images

Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars: Episode V - "The Empire Strikes Back". | Source: Getty Images

Advertisement

After the first film's success, two more sequels were released, which Hamill also acted in. The actor also appeared in the war drama film "The Big Red One" in 1980.

The popularity of his co-star, Harrison Ford, grew during the "Star Wars" trilogy run; however, Hamill decided to stop acting in movies in 1983 after "Return Of The Jedi."

This was so that he could put distance between the character Luke and himself. He started appearing in stage productions and only returned to films in 1989 in the movie "Slipstream."

Mark Hamill arrives at the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" World Premiere on December 14, 2015, in Hollywood, California. | Shutterstock

Mark Hamill arrives at the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" World Premiere on December 14, 2015, in Hollywood, California. | Shutterstock

Many have wondered why Hamill's looks changed between the first "Star Wars" film and the 1980s "The Empire Strikes Back."

Advertisement

His character Luke looks younger in the 1977 movie, while appears older in the sequel filmed just three years later. The simple reason his looks changed is because of the car accident he had in 1977.

Mark Hamill attends the Premiere of Orion Pictures and United Artists Releasing's "Child's Play" on June 19, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Mark Hamill attends the Premiere of Orion Pictures and United Artists Releasing's "Child's Play" on June 19, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

MARK HAMILL ABOUT THE ACCIDENT

Mark Hamill opened up about the accident during an interview with Gossip Magazine in 1978. The actor spoke about what he recalled about the accident and his concern about how it could impact his acting career. Hamill said:

"I knew that I had hurt myself very, very, very badly... but I wasn't really sure. And then someone held a mirror up to my face and I just felt that my career was over."

Advertisement

According to reports, to explain why his character looked different in the second "Star Wars," Luke is attacked by a Wampa in "The Empire Strikes Back" opening scene. However, the actor has never made any comments on it.

Mark Hamill speaks onstage during The Game Awards 2015 on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Mark Hamill speaks onstage during The Game Awards 2015 on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

The legendary actor also recalled the details of his accident. He said he was driving on the wrong freeway at high speed and thinks he tried to negotiate an off-ramp. That was when he went off the road.

DELETED SCENE FROM "STAR WARS EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK" IN 1980

The much-talked-about opening scene of "The Empire Strikes Back" shows Hamill's character Luke Skywalker being knocked out by a large creature called a Wampa. He was injured on his face and was taken to a space hospital after being rescued by Han Solo.

Advertisement

Creator and director of "Star Wars," George Lucas, refuted claims that the deleted scene of Skywalker discussing "the scars" on his face was telling viewers that the actor's appearance had changed.

The creator Lucas said the scene was used to show a change in the character. He further explained that he thought since time had passed since the first film and the characters had been fighting, it made sense to make changes.

Whatever the reason for Mark Hamill's change in appearance, we are happy to enjoy his incredible talent as he continues to captivate us with his performances.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

‘General Hospital’ Star Johnny Wactor, 37, Lost His Life after Saving His Colleague: Tragic Details Revealed

May 27, 2024

Man Forbids His Son to Become a Dancer, Gets Sudden Call from Hospital Later — Story of the Day

March 14, 2024

'Rocky' Star Carl Weathers Dies at Home – Heartbroken Family & Co-stars Speak Out

February 03, 2024

7 Famous Kids from the '80s Who Are Now Parents Themselves – Photos

May 17, 2024

Jeff Bridges Fell for Waitress, Accepting Her with Facial Injuries — Years Later She Doesn’t Leave Him When Death Looms

May 29, 2024

‘General Hospital’ Actor Johnny Wactor Passes Away at 37 — Grieving Mom Reveals Tragic Details

May 27, 2024

7 Hollywood Heartthrobs' Sons Who Inherited Their Dads' Looks

April 10, 2024

Father Forbids His Son to Become a Dancer, Gets Sudden Call from Hospital Later — Story of the Day

May 12, 2024

Vin Diesel Defended His 'Dad Bod,' Facing Criticism of His Appearance – Photos of His Transformation

March 28, 2024

This '90s Teen Idol Received 4,000 Fan Letters a Week at the Peak of His Fame — His Tragic End Still Makes Fans 'Sad'

April 22, 2024

This Woman Is TV-Actor's Wife – To Stay Faithful to Her, He Became Jobless & Lost His Home

April 03, 2024

All About Elizabeth Hurley’s Lookalike Son, Damian, Whose Recent Collaboration With Mom Sparked Controversy

April 10, 2024

This 'Angelic' Child Star Stayed under the Radar — He Looks 'Unrecognizable' & Grew Beard to Hide from the Public

May 22, 2024

I Went on a Tinder Date with a 'Serial Killer'

March 12, 2024