1:26pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Mark Hamill Describes Weight Loss Regimen for New 'Star Wars' Role
Carrie Fisher made headlines by talking about the weight loss deemed necessary for her to return to the role of Princess — now General — Leia in this month's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It turns out, she wasn't alone.
As part of the cover story in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Mark Hamill reveals that he, too, changed his diet to slip back into the character of Luke Skywalker decades later.
Even as the piece notes that Hamill "seems to have lost a good 50 pounds," the 64-year-old actor shared his current menu with disdain. "Look at what I'm eating now instead of potato chips and bagels," he said, displaying what's described by the magazine as a fruit and vegetable plate and adding, "I'm on the 'if it tastes good, don't eat it' diet." But he's not looking to be praised for his new look, saying that "implies that I looked so dreadful before!"
Hamill also admitted that he wasn't sure about returning to Star Wars after all these years, saying that he initially hoped Harrison Ford would refuse to sign on as cover. "That's our escape clause," he joked. "You know, if I'm the only one, I'll look terrible — but if he doesn't do it, I don't have to do it."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18, with both Ford and Hamill in tow.