4:30pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Mark Hamill: Rumors Of My 'Star Wars' Near-Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
A great story about production on Star Wars: The Force Awakens emerged earlier this week: during shooting in Ireland, Mark Hamill almost fell to his death after losing his footing on the steps of Skellig Michael, and was saved by the fast reflexes of a local guide. There's only one problem: It didn't happen, according to Hamill.
The Sunday Times of London broke the story, which was quickly picked up by other outlets. Sourcing unnamed onlookers to the near-fall, it was suggested that the actor would have been "a goner" had he not be caught by the guide; the paper went on to link Hamill's accident with Harrison Ford's much-publicized injury on the set of the movie.
Thursday morning, however, Hamill poured cold water on those who wished to create a myth of The Force Awakens being a dangerous movie to make:
This story is completely untrue. Don't know how this story got started, but filming went splendidly, thanks. https://t.co/xwoliRV51L— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 17, 2015
Fabricated stories usually contain a seed of truth. Didn't so much as stub a toe on Skellig Michael. But thanks for your concern! #FalseNews— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 16, 2015
Clearly, the Force was with Hamill during filming, but that hasn't stopped the Sunday Times from sticking to its guns (or laser blasters, in this case). A spokesperson for the newspaper said: "We stand by our story, which asserted that Mark Hamill was saved from a dangerous fall while on Skellig Micheal. This was corroborated by an eyewitness who was present at the time. Contrary to other media reports following our story we did not assert or report that Hamill was injured."
Given that the Internet has a true story about Ford's injury and a fake story about Hamill's near-death experience, it's surely time for some half-truth about Carrie Fisher's experience during filming to show up, just to complete the set.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18.