Mark Hamill Talks Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the Schmoes Know’s Podcast.

Mark-HamillMark Hamill was on the Schmoes Know’s podcast last night answering questions about his latest movie “Kingsman” and The Force Awakens. He spoke about the differences between George Lucas and J.J. Abrams. Hamill also revealed that he is unfamiliar with the new Star Wars canon and that he would have never accepted to come back as Luke if Harrison and Carrie refused to do so.



From Schmoes Know:


(Hamill’s interview starts at 1:02.26)



Congrats to Schmoes Know for the great interview. Greay job guys!


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45 thoughts on “Mark Hamill Talks Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the Schmoes Know’s Podcast.

  • February 13, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Holy moly… That’s my morning sorted.

  • February 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Mark Hamill is just super cool…great interview.

    • February 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      He’s only featured for a small part of the show.

      • February 13, 2015 at 4:20 pm

        Well, that was expected.

    • February 13, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Nicely Done Kristian Harloff and Schmoes Crew! If you guys aren’t listening to #far far away podcast or jedi alliance podcast, do it! do it now!

  • February 13, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Mark’s interview starts at 52:26…not 1:02:26

  • February 13, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    How can any fan NOT love this guy? He’s so down to earth.

    Great interview!

  • February 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    The clone wars and the new comics are not canon. Even if Lucasfilm is saying that to please the fans. Its a marketing trick imo, because saying it’s not canon would be bad for sales.

    • February 13, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Um, what?

      • February 13, 2015 at 5:39 pm

        Actually makes sense to me…..there are too many things that are fucked up in the clone wars that dirctly contradicts the movies….especially the lost missions where yoda follows qui-gon to dagobah…and Anakin helps yoda escape the temple to do so….considering in Episode 3 yoda was not even contacted by qui-gon for the first time until anakin was already Darth Vader and wiped out the jedi temple.i would say that the clone wars show dont mean shit as far as canon..god damn i hate Dave……if they want to say that the Prequels are NOT canon…then i will change my opinion of that peice of shit of a show clone wars….

        • February 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm

          To the guy that said Yoda was not contacted by Qui-Gon until episode III, you are mistaken. The first time it happened was when Anakin was slaughtering the Tusken Raiders in Episode II. It has been confirmed that was Qui-Gon yelling “Anakin, Anakin, NOOOOOO!” Then Yoda said “young Skywalker is in pain, terrible pain.” Clone wars started kinda slow, but in the end the series as a whole made the prequels so much better. They made Anakin’s fall so much more drawn out and tragic. Also, it really showed the extent of the reach of the separatists to be able to contend with the might of the Republic. Also, I loved how they were able to personalize the Clones and give better explanation to Order 66.

        • February 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm

          “considering in Episode 3 yoda was not even contacted by qui-gon for the first time until anakin was already Darth Vader and wiped out the jedi temple.”

          That’s in the old canon. In the new canon, Qui-Gon first contacts Yoda before ROTS. Though obviously Yoda can hear Qui-Gon in AOTC, but discounts it.

    • February 13, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Well they officially say that it is so it is until they say otherwise. You can’t say that its not canon. You aren’t Lucasfilm. Don’t presume something that totally contradicts the official statement. You aren’t an insider. You aren’t in their meetings. Just another person who can’t help but put a negative tone on everything new.

  • February 13, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Mark Hamil is just an awesome guy! I am so glad he is going to be back as Luke and was fantastic to hear him as the Joker again!!! That was epic!

  • February 13, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Seriously, its fiction. You don’t have to obey Disney and follow their canon. Believe whatever the hell you want to. Personally, only the original trilogy is canon to me, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the other stories out there. Yeesh.

  • February 13, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Since GL isn’t writing the new SW movies they aren’t canon anymore, just fan fiction. If they want to not use GL for his scripts then they might as well concider the PT not canon either, which they might. I don’t like this, if they used GL’s script for episode 7, but changed some parts then that would have been fine, but to completely dismiss it all, this won’t keep it inline with canon (so a fake canon is basically being created). GL created SW and if you sold someone your creation and they changed becomes no longer the original creation. I am no Lucas loyalist, I think the man has lied too many times, so does Abrams for that matter. In my opinion and in some others I have came across these new movies will be fan fiction, though Mark Hamill (awesome guy) made a point of not returning if the original cast were not involved, shows loyalty but it’s still going to be some fan (Abrams and co minus Kasdan. Lucas and Kasdan again, could you imagine?) fiction and that’s a shame. GL is an idea man and he just needs others to add to what he thinks up, and the draft of his episode 7 script I would have preferred to something totally new and basically a new car at this point, or spaceship with the same name. It’s all in the SW brand now to sell it as it being the same thing. Just my opinion and a few others and I hope people who watch the movie do enjoy it, but the thought of the possibilities of what GL had in mind will be talked about and discussed for sure. The what if. We know GL wanted to keep it a Skywalker saga and that would be fine, his co writers could have said, “well, let’s go somewhere else with this then, somewhere new and unexplored”. That would have been majorly interesting. Instead we know there will be a lot of pandering in this new movie, since that is what happens with movies with a built in audiance, but do enjoy it if that is your thing or if you can look passed it being not very original. A new thing on an old thing is okay, but not as good as something more creative. With all the spoilers I have read it sounds like they want to be creative, but also want to please old fans at the same time. GL obviously did what he wanted no matter what, he just needed others to help him with it.

    • February 13, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Paragraphs, man…

    • February 13, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Maybe try the return key once in a while. I know it diminishes the rant effect, but it might inspire people to actually read it.

    • February 13, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      I’ve gotten a good taste of Lucas’ vision for Star Wars with the Prequels and TCW. No, thanks. That stuff drove me away from Star Wars – so boring and illogical. The promise of what Disney offered as the start of a new era brought me back.

      The obvious answer was for Disney to take Lucas’ treatments and spin gold, but they were bold enough to reject them entirely. Impressive. I look forward with great interest at what they’ll give us in the Sequels.

    • February 13, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Lucas only wrote treatments for the ST, not scripts.

    • February 13, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Soooo…..are you not interested in more Star Wars?

      Oh, you’re here, so…hmmm

    • February 13, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      So that means Empire and Return of the Jedi aren’t cannon because GL didn’t write scripts those….. LOL

      • February 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

        in fact he did write the scripts, together with larry kasdan

    • February 13, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      “I find your lack of faith disturbing…”

      The statement of SW no longer being an original property and that it consequently makes TFA a “Fan Film” is absolutely superfluous and suggests that you may have a problem with honestly perceiving reality. Therefore we see your tendency to distort reality to your own liking, which really comes across as a lame attempt to actually appear “intelligent”.

      Or you’re simply an anonymous troll.

      If I were to sell you a 1975 Chevy Nova, it would simply mean that 1975 Chevy Nova is no longer mine but yours. (No Shit). It would STILL BE THE SAME 1975 Chevy Nova. Just because you replaced the tires, or a cracked windshield, or painted it, souped up the engine, etc. IT IS STILL THE SAME 1975 Chevy Nova that once belonged to me!

      Star Wars is an intellectual property that was SOLD to a new owner. It is still Star Wars!!! With the new owner hedging their bets on a newly acquired franchise, you can be sure that the smartest of people have been enlisted to make sure that $4 BILLLLLLION investment will be profitable.

      If Star Wars was a car, it would still be the same car, replacement parts don’t make it something else. New actors and directors don’t make it something else. The crowns on my teeth don’t make me any different than the ball of flesh that dropped out of my mom 40 years ago!!!

      Rationalize that!

      • February 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm

        Amen! George Lucas didn’t have to sell the Star Wars franchise, but he did, and when he did, he also granted the new owners the right to take it where they see fit. If anything, it is LUCAS’ ideas that would be “fan fiction” from that point on.

        If it was vitally important to Lucas to preserve his supposed “vision” (which incidentally seems to change more often than he changes his shirt), he should have written into the contract with Disney that they HAD to base the new trilogy on his treatments. Clearly the contract contained no such paragraph.

        After the enormous investment, we can be absolutely sure that Disney executives are truly desperate to make a movie that will be well received.

        Indeed, I suspect there is still a lot of Lucas’ treatment in the script, but obviously everything has been revised and greatly refined by other minds (i.e., what should have happened but failed to occur in the prequels). Now Lucas is sore because he doesn’t have the last word anymore — an unfamiliar situation. Hey, George, why did you sell the franchise in the first place, if preserving the integrity of your supposed “vision” is what counts?

        This is the man who for years insisted that there was NO story after Return of the Jedi. If so, he can’t have had that much faith in whatever treatments for a Sequel Trilogy he did produce.

  • February 13, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Wow that was way better than I was expecting. Plus their reactions afterwards… can’t believe he did the voice for them. Awesome stuff.

  • February 13, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    This was great, and now I have a new podcast to listen to. These guys are fun.

  • February 13, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    You what I’m reminded of when people say: “Oh, this is just fan fiction”, or “How can they erase this or change that”….


    **P.S. The Schmoes are awesome**

  • February 13, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    ahhh what a bunch of fanboys, everyone here hate the prequels ane says that GL is a bad director and ruined sw with the special edition, but now you want him back? and you say that ep7 is fan fiction? ahhh c’mon when i think sw fanboys can create more ridiculous arguments they do this! KOTOR ain’t George’s creation but is better than many of the movies, but i bet the guys don’t even know what kotor is because the only thing they do is watch these 3 ot movies and don’t read any comic or play any game about star wars! I grew up with the ot and pt, and i love both ane i will love the st and everything in this fantastic universe, 2 hell all the haters, only because you born with the ot and only like it, that don’t mean you are more fan of sw than anybody, because instead of enjoying star wars the only thing you do is try to flaws and criticise the movie you suposed to love!
    I bet that if ep7 is great and you enjoy you will still dislike it only because its “fan fiction”.

    • February 13, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Right, because grown ups spend part of their day insulting strangers on geek movie sites.

    • February 14, 2015 at 1:07 am

      That may be the most inarticulate, logical fallacy ridden, infantile BITCH-FIT i have ever seen on the internet.


      Most impressive.

  • February 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    The Schmoes Know youtube channel uploaded the Mark Hamill interview by itself in this 22-minute segment from their podcast.

  • February 13, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Mark is a nice guy indeed
    And down to earth

  • February 14, 2015 at 2:25 am

    SW at its best was always better without Lucas or with him in a background role in the productions. This is no different. Tons of other people made SW great, they’ll do it again.

    • February 14, 2015 at 4:00 am

      Utter, utter nonsense. The only time thus far we’ve experienced Star Wars without Lucas, or with Lucas in a “background role” are (1) the Holiday Special; (2) Ewoks and droids cartoons and TV movies; (3) Clone Wars microseries; (4) Legends EU; (5) “new canon,” including the Rebels animated show.

      • February 15, 2015 at 6:20 pm

        None of those are major motion pictures.

  • February 14, 2015 at 3:26 am

    lol I so feel like the Emperor as he makes his way up the conveyor walkway in robot chicken wars, Stormtrooper! Stormtrooper! Stormertrooper! Yo! Stormtrooper! Stormtrooper! Get f***end Stormtrooper! F***k off! Oh Stormtrooper Oh blah lah lah lah blah lah lah. Wazzzzzz up! hahaha it still cracks me up watching that but gotta tell you folk’s, many of you sound just like that on here aye this n that, what’s cannon in what’s not. Let’s draw a line in the sand and give those who have little understanding some clarity. Firstly! GL always maintained that the Skywalker story has been told, do not have great expectations where Luke is concerned, his character will be supportive in passing on the torch and breaking into new story ground although and like you I haven’t seen the movie but hey! you all claim to be Jedi masters wtf search your feelings lol Secondly! ok so the franchise has been sold to Disney and is now their baby, So What! appreciate that Disney will finance the projects and look after distribution, they have little to do with anything else including this n that and everything else, bleat bleat n beep beep haha haha. I not going to claim to be a true star wars fan (even if its true) the fact that I was 13 yes old in 1977 and experienced star wars like many of you couldn’t have possibly of imagined lol Oh yeah Oh yeah! before many of you weren’t even thought about lol Every generation has a story hmmmm where I heard that before, anyhow, the thought of turning around to you lot and saying ‘your our only hope’ would be like grabbing the mirror and shaking it silly Please! Please! help me through this day. geeeezzzz to heck n hell Oh My! as far as directors and production is concerned, Star Wars in the hands of Peter Jackson would be sweeter than sweet I say, I know many either hate or love the guy because of his style or whatever however, let me not remind some of you, that his style as a film maker, did something with LOTR that no other film has ever done in the history of Oscar film awards, it was a clean sweep! Now this even surprised me lol not because Jackson either deserved it or not but because of the American patriotic mentally of Win, Win, with us or against us and if you don’t agree, kiss your ass goodbye. Anyhow, not my intention to go off subject, the thing is people, have something to look forward to ok and in conclusion, May the Joy be with you all…. Always

  • February 14, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I agree, without Lucas’ original storyline and his support, TFA is mere Fan Fiction.
    Maybe young people still do not realize the importance of this.

    There is no Guernica without Picasso, there is no original John William score without John Williams, there is no Inferno 2 without Dante Alighieri, there is no another Cappella Sistina without Michelangelo, there is no Star Wars without George Lucas.

    An IP, a work of art, is not simply defined by its name.
    There is a Star Wars label on it. So this is Star Wars. No.
    Or worse, in this movie there are lightsabres, wookies, and a character named Han Solo.
    This is enough for being call it Star Wars?!?!?
    Maybe this is ok for young people or for the one that still are not able to see the greatness of PT ( with all its faults) and its role in the SW saga.

    Lucas was there since the beginning, he create this saga from zero, and from ep. 1 to 6 everything we have got were GL approved, i.e. approved by the Creator of Star Wars.

    Who cares about the characters, the plot, the planets create by JJ ? His vision of Star Wars is more authentic then mine, yours or Timothy Zahn? I really do not think so.

    why you people are still excited about TFA and not angry as hell with Disney and JJ ?

    Do you realize that Disney and JJ have deprived the history of Cinema of the ORIGINAL sequel trilogy and of the original plan of a trilogy of trilogies that was born almost 40 years ago!

    But I am sure that many people will enjoy the new Marvel – Disney Wars. This will be’ a good movie at first sight.
    Enjoy TFA, then go home and play the Phantom Menace. Then, I hope for you, you will understand what Star Wars really means and used to be.

    • February 14, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      A good movie is a good movie no matter who wrote it. The only thing that really matters is whether or not this will in fact be a good movie.

      • February 15, 2015 at 1:30 am

        Retrotek I suspect you do not understand what FL has said..

        • February 15, 2015 at 3:36 am

          Retrotek is right, who cares who is involved. Kids don’t care, why should I care.

          • February 15, 2015 at 3:51 am

            Yes, any vision that involves a queen being ordered to clean a droid out of gratitude needs serious major adjustment from anyone, no matter who.

  • February 14, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    What Star Wars really means? Please elaborate on your vague platitude oh wise one, because the only thing that seems to be inferred by your rant is your stupidity. Anyone waxing reminiscent about Star Wars life between 1997 and 2005 likely has no more than 2 brain cells to rub together and at best probably operates a forklift at Walmart after midnight.

    No one ever seems to mention what really went wrong with the special editions and what really sucked about the PT, everyone bashes Lucas and his “weakened vision” but they always fail to mention his goddamned butt-buddy Rick McCallum.

    McCallum’s involvement in the SE’s and PT is what made it turn out to be a disgraceful, high budget cartoon with poorly motivated live actors.

    Anyone else notice how McCallum’s name is NOWHERE to be found in all the talk about TFA? (Now he probably roams the halls of his house late at night, in his bathrobe, drunk and unshaven, clutching a bottle of bourbon, having conversations with the portaits of Watto and Jar Jar on his walls, speaking ill of Kennedy and Abrams…)

    Your attempt to assert the thought that it’s no longer ‘Star Wars’ because GL sold it and is no longer involved is inane and unfounded in facts of reality.

    You probably cheered at lines like “You didn’t build that”, or better yet, “Today Germany, tomorrow the world”.

  • February 14, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Really cool dude, he has my exact attitude towards SW that I do, to the T.

  • February 14, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    My oldest son is 6 years old and guess what he asked Santa for Christmas? An X-wing fighter. I don’t remember even talking to him about the X-wing. He has seen the original movies and plays Lego Star Wars…so has a great foundation.

    Words cannot express how excited I am to share Episode 7 with my son.

    G. Lucas created the Star Wars universe…thank you George and thank you for passing it on to capable hands. CAN’T F-ING WAIT!!!

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