Back in 2012 George Lucas made the surprise move of selling his Star Wars rights to Disney.
With news of a third Star Wars trilogy on the horizon, fans were wondering if the original actors would be returning.
Now in a new interview, Hamill – who plays Luke Skywalker – has revealed his early reservations about a comeback.
Speaking with The New York Times, he said: “I was just really scared, I thought, why mess with it? The idea of catching lightning in a bottle twice was ridiculously remote.”
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It turns out he was going to turn down a return, but then Carrie Fisher showed immediate enthusiasm.
Hamill continued: “Carrie, not a minute went by — she slapped the table and goes, ‘I’m in!’”
However the 66-year-old admitted he was certain Harrison Ford would turn it down, assuming, “He’s too old and too rich and too cranky.”
But when he found out the Hollywood star had signed up to play Han Solo again, Hamill realised he had to say yes.
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The actor added: “Can you imagine if I was the only one to say no? I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom.”
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is released in UK cinemas on December 14, 2017.