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Mark Hamill: The Best Star Wars Fans Are 'U-P-Fs'

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  • MY FIRST GUEST IS AN ICONIC ACTOR WHOSE CAREER SPANS OVER
  • FOUR DECADES AND IS THE GUEST I'M LOOKING FOR.
  • PLEASE WELCOME MARK HAMILL!
  • ♪ ♪ ♪ ( APPLAUSE )
  • >> Stephen: LOOK AT THAT!
  • YOU KNOW, IT'S NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.
  • >> OH, MY GOSH.
  • I'M OUT HERE PROMOTING A MOVIE WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TALK
  • ABOUT.
  • ( LAUGHTER ).
  • >> Stephen: WE DON'T HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT, IF YOU DON'T
  • WANT.
  • WE DON'T HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT.
  • A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OF YOU AS LUKE SKYWALKER.
  • BUT TO ME YOU WILL ALWAYS BE GORDON MILLER FROM "ROOM
  • SERVICE.
  • >> YOU SAW THAT!
  • >> Stephen: IN 1986, YOU WERE ON BROADWAY--
  • >> IT WAS IN THE ROUNDABOUT THEATER, DIRECT BY ALAN ARKIN.
  • HE HAD ALL HIS SECOND CITY BUDDIES I IDOLIZED FOR YEARS.
  • I JUST DON'T WANT TO START IN.
  • THEY WERE ALL FANTASTIC.
  • >> Stephen: I WAS A SENIOR IN COLLEGE AND I HAD COME TO NEW
  • YORK TO ACTUALLY INTERVIEW TO BE AN INTERN ON DAVID LETTERMAN'S
  • SHOW, AND A FRIEND OF MINE SAID, "I CAN GET US A JOB AS USHERS
  • FOR ONE NIGHT TO SEE THIS PLAY."
  • AND I SAID, SURE, THAT WILL BE FUN.
  • AND I WALKED IN, AND YOU WERE ON THE STAGE DOING THE GROUCHO
  • MARK.
  • >> THE CRITICS CAME IN THINKING I WOULD PLAY THE INNOCENT
  • MIDWESTERN PLAYWRIGHT-- "GOLEE.
  • I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THE CITY BEFORE."
  • AND INSTEAD WAS A SLEAZY GORDON MILLER.
  • THEY WERE SHOCKED.
  • PLUT OF PLUS IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE ME.
  • I HAD PANTS UP TO HERE, A HALF JAR OF POMAID AND THE
  • BRILLIANTINE MISTASH, AND PEOPLE SAID THAT'S NOT MARK.
  • THAT'S GORDON MILLER.
  • THAT'S WHY WHATI LIKE ABOUT CHARACTER ACTORS.
  • IF IN VOICEOVERS THEY CAST WITH THE EARS AND NOT THE EYES AND
  • YOU GET A LOT OF PARTS YOU WOULDN'T GET ON CAMERA.
  • >> Stephen: MANY HAVE SAID OF ALL THE JOCKERS, YOURSELF IS THE
  • GREATEST OF ALL TIME.
  • ( APPLAUSE ).
  • >> Stephen: THERE WAS A RECENT RANKING.
  • THERE WAS A RECENT RANKING.
  • YOU COME IN NUMBER ONE.
  • >> I HAVE FUN.
  • I LOVE THE JOKER!
  • BECAUSE, I MEAN, TO GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THAT CRAZY CAR.
  • I MEAN, YOU'RE NOT IN EVERY EPISODE, BUT WHEN YOU SHOW UP,
  • YOU JUST CREATE CHAOS, AND IT'S A FANTASTIC CAST.
  • KEVIN CONROY'S BEEN MY BATMAN SINCE '92.
  • WE'RE CELEBRATING OUR 25th YEAR.
  • AND YOU KNOW, I HAVE MY BATMAN FAMILY, I HAVE MY "STAR WARS"
  • FAMILY.
  • I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH FUN I'M ZG ALL THIS.
  • YOU GUYS, I'M TELLING YOU, I NEVER EXPECTED THAT WE'D COME
  • BACK.
  • IF THEY DID ANOTHER TRILOGY THAT THEY WOULD BRING BACK OUR
  • CHARACTERS.
  • AND IT WAS REALLY INTIMIDATING AND SCARY.
  • BUT I'M REALLY APPRECIATING IT NOW BECAUSE IN YOUR 20s YOU
  • SORT OF TAKE IT FOR GRANTED, AND IT'S SO MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE NOW
  • THAT I'M IN MY EARLY 80s.
  • ( LAUGHTER ) AND THAT'S A TIP, BY THE WAY--
  • IF YOU'RE GOING TO FUDGE YOUR AGE, LIE UP, BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL
  • SAY, "BOY, HE REALLY LOOKS GOOD FOR 83!"
  • >> Stephen: YOU DO.
  • >> "HE REALLY TOOK CARE OF HIMSELF."
  • >> Stephen: YOU REALLY LOOK GREAT FOR 83.
  • >> I DO.
  • THANK YOU.
  • >> Stephen: I CAN BE IN YOUR "STAR WARS" FAMILY?
  • >>, OF COURSE,.
  • >> Stephen: THE 13-YEAR-OLD IN ME IS GOING INSANE RIGHT NOW.
  • AND PLEASE FORGIVE-- THIS IS 40 YEARS COMING THIS CONVERSATION
  • WITH YOU, BECAUSE-- AND I'VE TOLD PEOPLE SOME OF THIS AND I
  • DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THIS-- BUT THREE WEEKS BEFORE THIS
  • MOVIE WAS RELEASED ANYWHERE AROUND THE COUNTRY, FOR WHATEVER
  • REASON, MY OWN STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA WAS A TEST MARKET, AND
  • I WON TICKETS FROM WTMA-- >> AND SAW IT BEFORE ANYBODY
  • ELSE.
  • >> Stephen: THREE WEEKS BEFORE ANY OF MY FRIENDS AND HOW DO YOU
  • EXPLAIN THAT EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT NOW.
  • >> YEAH.
  • >> Stephen: DID YOU GUYS WHO WERE MAKING THE FILM, DID YOU
  • KNOW IT WAS REALLY GOING TO CHANGE EVERYTHING?
  • >> OH, OF COURSE, NOT.
  • I THOUGHT IT WAS UNIQUE IN THE SENSE THAT IT HAD GREAT HUMOR.
  • AND IT HAD SUCH-- AS FANTASTIC AS ALL THE SITUATIONS AND
  • CHARACTERS WERE, IT WAS SO RELATABLE.
  • I MEAN, HERE WE RISK OUR LIVES TO SAVE THE PRINCESS, THE FIRST
  • THING SHE COMPLAINS ABOUT IS, "YOU CAME IN THAT?"
  • >> Stephen: "AREN'T YOU KIND OF SHORT FOR A STORMTROOPER."
  • EXACTLY.
  • >> ALL OF THAT STUFF.
  • THAT WAS JUST SO RELATABLE AND HUMAN.
  • AND, YOU KNOW, I KNEW IT WASN'T SCIENCE FICTION.
  • I GOT THE PART FROM A SCREEN TEST.
  • I DIDN'T READ THE WHOLE SCRIPT UNTIL THEY SAID, "YOU'RE GOING
  • TO BE LUKE."
  • AND WHEN I-- I STILL REMEMBER THE CHAIR I WAS SITTING IN AND
  • WHERE I WAS WHEN I STARTED READING THIS THING.
  • I GO, "OH, MY GOSH.
  • THIS IS MORE LIKE 'WIZARD OF OZ' WITH A GENDER SWITCH, WHERE LUKE
  • GETS SWEPT OFF INTO THIS FANTASTIC ADVENTURE.
  • BUT I COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EYES.
  • BECAUSE I WAS A FAN AS A KID.
  • I READ "FAMOUS MONSTERS" MAGAZINES AND BUILT THE MONSTER
  • MODEL KITS.
  • I WAS THE BIGGEST ENTHUSIAST.
  • I REMEMBER I WOULD GET REALLY EXCITED AND GO, "HARRISON!
  • WE'RE A PEZ DISPENSER NOW."
  • AND HE'S LIKE, "WHATEVER FLOAS FLOETS YOUR BOAT."
  • ( LAUGHTER ) ( APPLAUSE )
  • >> Stephen: THAT'S JUST LIKE HIM.
  • I'VE INTERVIEWED HIM.
  • >> YEAH, YOU KNOW.
  • THAT'S THE PERFECT SORT OF-- I DON'T KNOW, WE JUST HAD A --
  • >> Stephen: WHEN DID YOU KNOW IT WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL?
  • >> WELL, LISTEN, IT WAS SO INTERESTING, BECAUSE WE WENT OFF
  • IT'S THREE OF US-- I CALL THEM CARISON AND HARRY-- ANDY WE
  • WOULD GET ON THE PLANE INGE VAN TIEWFER, FIRST.
  • AND THE MOVIE OPENED WHEN WE WERE ON TOUR, AND BY THE TIME WE
  • GOT TO, WHICH I LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AS WE LANDED AND THERE
  • WERE MOBS OF PEOPLE.
  • >> Stephen: AT THE AIRPORT?
  • >> AT THE AIRPORT!
  • I SAID, "HEY, YOU GUYS, I THINK THERE'S SOMEBODY FAMOUS ON THE
  • PLANE."
  • AND I'M LOOKING AROUND FAIR CELEBRITY.
  • AND AS WE GOT CLOSER, I WENT, "CARRIE, THERE'S A LITTLE GIRL
  • OUT THERE WITH YOUR FURRY HEADPHONES.
  • AND HARRISON, THERE'S A GUY WITH YOUR VEST."
  • THERE WERE KIDS OUT THERE WITH SIGNS "MAY THE FORCE BE WITH
  • YOU."
  • THEY WERE DRESSED LIKE US.
  • AND WE WERE LIKE -- >> Stephen: IT WAS ME.
  • ( LAUGHTER ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
  • IT WAS-- IT WAS KIND OF ME.
  • I WAS ONE OF THOSE KIDS-- I WAS ONE OF THOSE KIDS WHO, LIKE, AT
  • NIGHT, WHEN NO ONE WAS AROUND WOULD DO THIS... THINKING IF I
  • COULD JUST CONCENTRATE ENOUGH.
  • >> I STILL DO IT AT SUPERMARKETS.
  • >> Stephen: REALLY?
  • >> YEAH, WHEN THE DOORS OPEN.
  • ( LAUGHTER ) >> Stephen: OH REALLY!
  • >> WELL, YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS.
  • I MEAN, I'M ENJOYING-- LIKE I SAY, IT'S JUST SO WONDERFUL TO
  • BE ASSOCIATED WITH SOMETHING THAT MAKES PEOPLE SO HAPPY.
  • THIS COP STOPPED ME TO SAY, "DO YOU KNOW HOW FAST YOU WERE
  • GOING?" I'M SO SCARED OF THE COPS YOU
  • KNOW, LIKE THE MIRRORED GLASSES IN "PSYCHO."
  • I SAID, "NO, OFFICER."
  • I'M ALWAYS REALLY POLITE.
  • "I'M SORRY."
  • YOU TRY TO TALK YEARS OUT.
  • "I'M GOING TO LET YOU GO WITH A WARNING.
  • WHEN LIGHT CYBER DO YOU USE IN THE MOVIE, GREEN OR BLUE."
  • AND YOU SEE THIS 40-YEAR-OLD GUY TURN INTO AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD
  • RIGHT BEFORE YOUR PIPES WHAT A TREAT IT'S BEEN.
  • >> Stephen: WHICH COLOR LIGHTSABER.
  • I KNOW YOU CAN'T TELL US ANYTHING SO TELL US EVERYTHING!
  • IN "THE FORCE AWAKENS" YOU SHOW UP AT THE LAST MINUTE IN THERE.
  • >> THE MOST ELABORATE ENTRANCE IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA.
  • ( LAUGHTER ).
  • >> Stephen: IT'S A TWO-AND-A-HALF-HOUR FORPLAY.
  • >> AND EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT ME FOR TWO HOURS.
  • >> Stephen: YEAH.
  • >> "THE SWORD OF SKYWALKER IS TOO POWERFUL.
  • SKYWALKER MUST BE STOPPED."
  • I'M GOING, "OH, GOOD."
  • I'M WRITING ALL THIS STUFF DOWN.
  • I REMEMBER THINKING WHEN I GOT TO THE SCENE-- I HOPE EVERYBODY
  • HAS SEEN IT-- WHEN THE LIGHT SABER JIGGLES IN THE FOREST AND
  • FLIES OUT OF THE SNOW, I'M LIKE, "OH, BABY, HERE I AM!"
  • IT GOES TO REY.
  • I SAID SHE DIDN'T GONE FN DO ANY TRAINING.
  • WHAT'S GOING ON HERE.
  • >> Stephen: WHAT IS GOING ON.
  • SHE DIDN'T DO TRAINING.
  • HOW CAN SHE STAND UP.
  • >> FANS POINT OUT, "YOU QUIT YOUR TRAINING, YOUNG MAN.
  • DON'T GET SO MOUTHY."
  • THERE WAS THE ORIGINAL, THERE WAS THE PREQUEL, AND THIS IS THE
  • NEXT GENERATION.
  • LUKE IS NO LONGER THE PROTAGONIST, IT'S REY, AND IT'S
  • NOT MY STORY ANYMORE.
  • IT'S JUST SO FUN TO BE INVITED BACK TO THE PARTY, ESPECIALLY
  • WHEN YOU DIDN'T THINK IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.
  • >> Stephen: I KNOW YOU CAN'T CLEAR MUCH UP FOR US.
  • BUT CAN WE-- WHAT CAN WE INFER FROM THE PHOTO I'M ABOUT TO
  • SHOW?
  • HAVE YOU SEEN THIS AT ALL.
  • OKAY, SO, "STAR WARS--" YOU CAN SELL ANYTHING WITH "STAR WARS,"
  • INCLUDING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.
  • AND IF YOU LOOK ON THIS PHOTO OF DOLE PRODUCTS, YOU'VE GOT DARTH
  • VADER ON APPLES, YODA ON GRAPES-- NATURALLY, GREEN.
  • YOU'VE GOT R2-D2 ON A HEAD OF CAULIFLOWER, AND LUKE IS ON A
  • BAG OF ICEBERG LETTUCE.
  • ( LAUGHTER ) DOES THAT MEAN YOU'RE GOING BACK
  • TO THE ICE PLANET OF HOFF?
  • WHAT CAN WE DISCERN FROM YOU BEING ON ICEBERG LETTUCE?
  • >> WELL, IF YOU GO TO @HAMILL-- SHAMELESSLY PANDERING FOR MORE
  • FOLLOW EARS YOU CAN SEE MY TWEETS ON THAT.
  • I SAID WE LOVE "STAR WARS" FRUITS AND VEGGIIES.
  • BUT YODA AND VADER HAD IT MUCH EASIER BECAUSE WHO DOESN'T LIKE
  • FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.
  • LUKE HAD IT HARDER.
  • POOR R2-D2, NO MATTER HOW ADORABLE HE IS ON THAT COVER,
  • IT'S STILL CAULIFLOWER!
  • NO KID IS GOING TO BE FOOLED BY THAT.
  • THEY WANT IT TO BE M&Ms.
  • >> Stephen: I THINK THIS MEANS YOUR CHARACTER DIES AND I'LL
  • TELL YOU WHY.
  • BECAUSE IF YOU EAT ONLY ICEBERG LETTUCE, YOU WILL DIE OF
  • MALNUTRITION.
  • >> I GOT A LOT OF BACKLASH FROM PEOPLE WHO LOVE CAULIFLOWER, SO,
  • PLEASE, NO MORE HATE TWEETS.
  • >> Stephen: THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HATE TWEET OVER CAULIFLOWER?
  • >> YES.
  • NO, I'M NOT KIDDING.
  • THEY SAID, "WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?
  • HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT ROASTED WITH GARLIC?"
  • I MEAN, IT'S ONLY A JOKE, YOU KNOW.
  • DON'T TAKE ME SERIOUSLY.
  • I'M JUST ANOTHER CRANK ON TWITTER.
  • ( LAUGHTER ) ( APPLAUSE )
  • ( CHEERS ) LISTEN, IF YOU'VE PLAYED THE
  • TRICKSTER AND THE JOKER, AS I HAVE, FOR SO MANY YEARS, THE
  • UPSIDE IS NOBODY TAKES ANYTHING YOU SAY SERIOUSLY, AND THAT'S A
  • GOOD THING, BECAUSE IT'S LIBERATING, YOU KNOW.
  • YOU'RE JUST-- YOU'RE A JESTER.
  • YOU'RE THERE FOR FUN.
  • I'M HAVING SO MUCH FUN, AND TO ME, THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT
  • THING, YOU KNOW.
  • I'M IN THE BUSINESS OF ESCAPISM.
  • AND EVERYBODY WANTS TO GO TO HOGWARTS OR MIDDLE EARTH, OR
  • WHEREVER-- OZ, THE LAND OF OZ, OR TO A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY--
  • BECAUSE IT'S THERAPEUTIC.
  • REAL LIFE IS REALLY UNPLEASANT AT TIMES.
  • AND THIS IS A GOOD WAY FOR YOU TO, YOU KNOW, FORGET ABOUT YOUR
  • PROBLEMS FOR TWO HOURS.
  • OH, IN THIS CASE, THIS IS THE LONGEST "STAR WARS" FILM.
  • THIS IS TWO AND A HALF HOURS, WHICH YOU'LL FIND OUT IN ABOUT A
  • WEEK.
  • ( APPLAUSE ) I KNOW, I KNOW.
  • >> Stephen: QUICK QUESTION ABOUT ESCAPING.
  • DO YOU EVER WISH YOU COULD HAVE SEEN "STAR WARS"?
  • >> I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN.
  • BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENED WAS WHEN I KNEW IT WAS GEORGE LUKAS WHO HAD
  • DONE "AMERICAN GRAFFITI" AND EVEN FROM THAT ONE SCENE I SAID,
  • "I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS.
  • I WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE FIRST DAY, FIRST SHOW, REGARDLESS OF
  • -- >> Stephen: AGAIN, LITTLE ME.
  • >> YEAH, YEAH.
  • >> Stephen: TOTALLY CHANGED MY-- WHAT I WANTED FOR MY
  • ENTERTAINMENT.
  • >> SO MANY PEOPLE COME TO ME AND SAY, "I BECAME THIS OR THAT
  • BECAUSE OF THE FILM."
  • PEOPLE IN THE BUSINESS, LIGHTING PEOPLE, MAKEUP PEOPLE.
  • YOU KNOW, THERE ARE CERTAIN FILMS THAT JUST INSPIRE PEOPLE
  • IN A WAY THAT THEY CAN'T EXPLAIN.
  • >> Stephen: HAS THE FILM DOES DONE THAT FOR YOU?
  • >> WELL, WHAT I FIND MORE INSPIRING IS THE REACTION OF THE
  • FANS, THE PEOPLE THAT LOVE IT.
  • I MEAN, I-- I---- STIPULATE THAT IT'S NOT FOR EVERYBODY.
  • NOT EVERYBODY LOVES "STAR WARS."
  • BUT THE PEOPLE WHO DO, I CALL U.P.F.s-- ULTRAPASSIONATE
  • FANS.
  • AND THEY LOVE THIS THING TO THE POINT WHERE THEY RELATE STORIES
  • OF HOW IT GOT THEM THROUGH THEIR MOTHER'S ILLNESS OR THEY MET
  • THEIR LIFE ONLINE OR THEY-- IT JUST-- IT'S BECOME SUCH A FABRIC
  • OF THEIR LIVES.
  • IT'S TRULY MOVING.
  • I DON'T SEE IT ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS, BUT WHEN GIOUT IN PUBLIC
  • OR TO THESE CELEBRATIONS AND SO FORTH, IT'S JUST ASTONISHING HOW
  • PASSIONATE THEY REALLY ARE.
  • AND I DON'T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.
  • AND, YOU KNOW, IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE FANS, I WOULDN'T BE SITTING
  • HERE TALKING TO STEPHEN COLBERT.
  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) >> Stephen: THANK YOU.
  • >> THANK YOU.
  • >> Stephen: FOR YOUR MOVIES.
  • THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK TO DO THIS.
  • THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.
  • >> MY PLEASURE.
  • >> Stephen: MARK HAMILL, EVERYBODY.
  • "THE LAST JEDI" IS IN THEATERS DECEMBER 15.

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Living legend Mark Hamill appreciates the loyal fanbase of Star Wars so much that he has given them a name.

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