In case you didn't know, Mark Hamill — aka Luke Skywalker, Hero of the Frickin' Rebellion — is on Twitter, and he's amazing. He interacts with fans, cracks jokes, and drops the occasional bit of Star Wars behind-the-scenes trivia.
Here are some of the most interesting little Star Wars facts that Mark has tweeted out over the years:
1.According to Mark, the original title for A New Hope was: The Adventures of Luke Starkiller As Taken From the Journal of the Whills Saga Number One: The Star Wars.
2.Sir Alec Guinness didn't like it when people addressed him with his title, and even gave Mark a "fairly firm" slap in the face after he called him "Sir Alec" too many times.
3.Mark would tease Carrie Fisher about how Luke should be considered royalty as well...which Carrie VEHEMENTLY disagreed with.
4.The reveals concerning Vader/Luke and Luke/Leia weren't written in the script in order to keep them a secret. The cast (including Mark) were told just a few days before filming those scenes.
5.In fact, during filming, the line in The Empire Strikes Back was "Obi Wan killed your father." Mark, George Lucas, and director Irvin Kershner were the only ones who knew what the real line would be when James Earl Jones recorded it later on.
6.George Lucas reportedly claimed "there's no underwear in space" to explain Mark's wardrobe.
7.Mark once made a pun so terrible that George pushed him into the trash compactor water.
8.Mark idolized Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) and would hang out on set even when he wasn't on the call sheet.
9.Mark had to provide his actual face for this shot from ESB because the prop head they made wasn't convincing enough.
Here's a photo of that prop head, in case you're curious:
10.The blue milk in ANH was so gross it made Mark gag.
11.However, the green milk in The Last Jedi was just delicious coconut water!
12.Mark wore an earpiece in order to properly hear Frank Oz's lines during his scenes with Yoda. According to Mark, his earpiece would sometimes pick up radio signals.
13.Speaking of Frank Oz, he was not a fan of the cast and crew doing Yoda impressions (which apparently they did often), as he was afraid it would influence his version of the voice.
14.Most of the actors playing X-wing pilots in the Death Star attack in ANH were wearing shorts to keep cool.
15.Mark didn't get to read the full script for A New Hope until after he was cast, and had a little regret that he couldn't play Darth Vader.
16.George Lucas would say "it's only a movie" to quell arguments among the actors about scene choices.
17.Mark popped a blood vessel in his eye while shooting the trash compactor scene.
18.Mark once flunked a Star Wars trivia quiz.
19.Mark's son, Nathan, was born the same day Mark shot the AT-AT scene in ESB. He also sprained his thumb that day, which delayed shooting the big lightsaber duel with Vader.
20.Mark had to take scuba lessons at a nearby all-girls school to prepare for the Bacta tank scene.
21.Carrie Fisher loved her iconic Hoth jacket.
22.And she had a floral-print robe to wear over her metal bikini that she forced Mark to wear.
23.Carrie rentedMonty Python star Eric Idle's house while filming ESB, and the gang got to hang out with Idle. Mark claims he'd never seen Harrison Ford laugh as hard before or since.
24.Mark still remembers his lines from the screen test (part of the audition process)...even the lines that got cut from the final script.
25.Mark has spoken out about animal rights and wildlife conservation, and was upset to see that Luke injured the Wampa in ESB. During filming, he thought he was just scaring it off!
26.And finally, Luke's kiss on Leia's forehead in their final scene together in The Last Jedi was unscripted and just happened in the moment ❤️.