Star Wars’ Andy Serkis had an extensive chat with Mark Hamill without knowing who he was
Andy Serkis prepared the setting for dinner at The Ivy and recalled an atmosphere of excitement as new stars like Daisy Ridley and John Boyega walked in and were seated alongside old-guard ‘Star Wars’ actors like Harrison Ford. Then Mark Hamill started talking to Serkis. He didn’t say his name – thinking, with good reason, that he didn’t need to – but Serkis’s mistake in recognition caused a conversation to degenerate into mutual confusion.
Serkis asked Hamill who he was and why he was there. Apparently, Hamill replied that he was in the film. Serkis, still not getting it, asked him what his role in the production was. Hamill eventually introduced himself as “Mark”. According to Serkis, the conversation went as follows:
“I said, ‘Yeah, I know, but what are you actually doing in the movie?’ And he said, ‘No, no, I’m Mark.’ And I said, ‘I know, but what are you actually doing in the movie?’ He said, ‘I’m Luke Skywalker!’”
Serkis, obviously embarrassed, didn’t elaborate on what happened next. At the Star Wars celebration, Gwendoline Christie joked, “And that’s why Snoke died.” In fact, perhaps for the best part, Snoke and Luke never had a scene together.
However, Hamill has a good sense of humor – he’s the voice of the Joker after all – and comes off as so lovely in interviews and on social media in general. Since he was already a fan of Serkis, I doubt he held a grudge. ID definitive but would love to hear his side of this story.