National Trivia Day has come and gone, but with it comes the knowledge that the Rebel pilots blew up the first Death Star in the original Star Wars while wearing shorts.
The shorts-wearing Rebel pilots tidbit comes from none other than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, who revealed the fun fact in a response to a fan on Twitter. "Because of a record heatwave in England when we filmed the original #StarWars, most of the pilots wore only the top-half of their costume, attacking the Death Star wearing shorts. #TrueStory," wrote Hamill in his response.
Because of a record heatwave in England when we filmed the original #StarWars, most of the pilots wore only the top-half of their costume, attacking the Death Star wearing shorts. #TrueStory https://t.co/RSgZRneft9— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 5, 2019
While the Rebel pilots were able to keep their lower halves cool by wearing shorts, Hamill also revealed in a further response that there were constant mop-downs between takes to minimize any appearance of sweat marks on the upper halves of the pilots while filming the iconic sequence.
Mark Hamill is set to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams. Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and the late Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant also joining the cast. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.