Mark Hamill recently sat down with Yahoo Movies to discuss his return to the Star Wars franchise and getting giddy on seeing the new trailer.

On talking about his newly added manly facial hair.

“That is what I call my contractually obligated beard. I never got used to it. But face foliage is almost a part of the costume. And it does bring a gravitas, perhaps unearned, but nevertheless, it makes a statement that they wanted to make, and I’m more than happy to oblige them.”

While returning to the franchise that made him a star seemed like an easy choice to make, there was far more questions to be answered. What if this story wasn’t right or not everyone returned liked planned?

“I said to George, ‘Have you really thought this through? Because maybe it’s not such a great idea,’” he admitted. “But I had a feeling, I said,  ‘You know what – if there’s a weak link, if Carrie [Fisher] or Harrison [Ford] decides they don’t want to do it, there’s an out. Because it’s all or nothing. It should be all of us or none of us.’ So I was ready to go either way. And now that we’re all in, we’ll see what happens.”

On watching the first teaser trailer.

 “The great thrill for me was watching the video of fans watching the trailer … I forget how happy this stuff makes a certain segment of our population. I mean, I really was moved to see these people that happy”.

But it felt like a millions of fans cried out in pain when the original cast didn’t feature in the trailer.

“This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing. It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling … When George said that they wanted to do more, I rightly assumed that it wouldn’t be our story, because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This must be our offspring and the current generation, with us there lending the kind of support that Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness did in the original.”

He seems to be just as excited as I am about this new trilogy, which just gets me more excited. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be huge, its just reinvigorating my love for everything Star Wars. Are you getting just as excited by this monster or did you just want it to all end with EP III? Comment below, let us know!



Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec. 17, 2015.

To read Yahoo Movies interview in full click here.