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Mark Hamill Delights 'Star Wars' Fans in Recalling Alec Guinness' Birthday Celebration

Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in 'Star Wars.'
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The sci-fi actor responded to a Twitter user who asked about an old set photo.

Mark Hamill made the day for Star Wars fans when he explained the backstory to a behind-the-scenes picture from the set of A New Hope.

On Tuesday, a Twitter user asked the iconic sci-fi actor whose birthday a small group was celebrating on what appears to be the Mos Eisley location. Hamill broke it all down for his 4.5 million followers.

"While shooting on location for the original #StarWars in Tunisia-North Africa, Gary Kurtz, George Lucas [and] I raised a styrofoam cup half-filled with warm champagne to toast Alec Guinness on his 62nd birthday. That was on Friday, April 2nd 1976. (I Googled it)," Hamill said via Twitter.

The late, beloved Guinness noted in several interviews that he did not really understand the film when it was in production, but was greatly pleased with the end result.

And, funny enough, he once noted that some people really believed he had special abilities a la the Force and said he received some "very strange" letters after playing Obi-Wan Kenobi.

"My wife and I've got problems, would you mind coming over and living with us for a few months?" Guinness said one of the letters read.

Guinness died Aug. 5, 2000, at the age of 86.

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