Comic-Con International attendees may have walked past Mark Hamill without ever realizing it. The Star Wars icon walked the floor of the San Diego convention center in two costumes that paid homage to the blockbuster franchise.
Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy of Star Wars movies and returned to reprise the role for 2015's The Force Awakens and 2017's The Last Jedi, revealed his costumed identities on Twitter -- after the convention, of course.
In on tweet, he used a quote from The Force Awakens -- "It's true ... ALL of it" -- to confirm that was indeed him dressed as "Orange Vader," which consisted of a painted Darth Vader and golf club, plus a wig that bore a certain resemblance to the hair of President Donald Trump, often mocked for the orange tinge to his skin. To drive home the target of the joke, the back of Hamill's shirt read, "Make the Death Star Great Again," playing on Trump's election slogan.
The other costume was also Star Wars-inspired, but much more straightforward: film-accurate Stormtrooper armor and helmet. That choice also showed his sense of humor, though, as Luke disguised himself as a Stormtrooper in the original film to free an imprisoned Princess Leia from the Death Star.
#SDCC DAY 3 WISH LIST: A) Don't arouse any suspicions it's me because I'm too short for this costume B) Find that ultra-rare comic book I need to complete my collection C) Get @NathanHamill's autograph (if I can find Booth #1415) D) Find the perfect nacho 👍 pic.twitter.com/xXsViybWwc— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 21, 2018
The "wish list" that Hamill posted with his photos included a reference to the classic scene, in which Leia comments that he isn't too short to be a Stormtrooper. "Don't arouse any suspicions it's me because I'm too short for this costume," he wrote in his tweet.
With thousands of cosplayers wandering through the halls of the convetion, few attendees were likely to question the Stormtrooper in their midst. It looks like this time, he might have gotten away with it.