Obi-Wan Kenobi was a mentor to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, where he introduced the farm boy to the Force and set him on the path to becoming a hero. Now, 40 years later, as Luke guides Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, actor Mark Hamill turned to Alec Guinness’ Oscar-nominated performance to inform his own.
“I was completely in awe of this man,” Hamill told Yahoo! Movies, “but in terms of studying him for this film, I channeled his dignity and his composure.”
However, the 65-year-old actor noted Luke won’t be an Obi-Wan clone. “But Obi-Wan has a much different back story than Luke,” he said, “so although there are many similarities, you have to really sort of take ownership of your own character.”
Hamill recalled how the knighted actor once slapped him for his use of “Sir Alec,” explaining that he’d prefer to be known by his name rather than his accolade.
Arriving Dec. 15, director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke.
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