Mark Hamill Weight Loss: Actor Sheds Pounds For New Movie
Mark Hamill achieved his weight loss goal by avoiding everything that tastes good, according to a new interview. Hamill said that he lost over 50 pounds for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but hates the vegetables and fruits he is forced to eat and dislikes being complimented on his new body.
Mark Hamill‘s weight loss story is making headlines, but the actor is not in a rush to talk about his achievement. The world was aware that Carrie Fisher, who plays Princess Leia, had to reluctantly shed few pounds to appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but as it turned out Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, had to do the same – and he too was angry to stop eating his favorite foods.
To promote the movie, director, producer and writer J. J. Abrams, and Hamill sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, and they tackled a very long list of topics. Believe it or not, Hamil did not want to return to the billion dollar franchise, in fact, he hoped and prayed that Harrison Ford, aka Han Solo, would refuse to reprise his role so that he could do the same. He said:
“I initially hoped Harrison Ford would refuse to sign on as cover. That’s our escape clause. You know, if I’m the only one, I’ll look terrible — but if he doesn’t do it, I don’t have to do it.”
Seeing that that Ford said yes, he signed the contract and understood or was told that he had to lose weight because he was doing more than just being the voice of the famous and cult character. To shed about 50 pounds, he had to change his diet, and he hates it. Mr. Hamil claimed he is on “the nothing fun diet” and he is forced to consume strange things like apples, bananas, kale, and tomatoes every day. The 64-year-old actor, who appeared genuinely upset over his new diet, shared:
“I seem to have lost a good 50 pounds. Look at what I’m eating now instead of potato chips and bagels. I’m on the ‘if it tastes good, don’t eat it’ diet.”
Hamill went on to make yet another surprising confession by saying he hates when people compliment him on his healthy looking body. He stated:
“I’m not looking to be praised for my new look, because it implies that I looked so dreadful before!”
Other than the fact that Skywalker will be thin, Hamill explained to Rolling Stone that he can not reveal much about the plot line because he has a “massive, oppressive sword-of-Damocles NDA (non-disclosure agreement) hanging over my head.” It has been confirmed that the story is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983). Hamill is not the only original Star Wars actor forced to slim down before filming began.
Carrie Fisher told a British magazine that she was pressured to lose weight too, and she completed her weight loss goal of 35lbs through dieting, but mainly by exercising to play Princess Leia, who is now a General. She angrily told Good Housekeeping UK.
“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters. Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.”
“We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane. Everyone in L.A. says, ‘Oh you look good,’ and you listen for them to say you’ve lost weight. It’s never ‘How are you?’ or ‘You seem happy!’ “
Actor Peter Mayhew will be back inside the Chewbacca suit for The Force Awakens; it is not known if he had to also had to lose weight for the gig. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which features Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Anthony Daniels, opens in theaters on December 18,
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: Mark Hamill had to lose weight too, he looks pretty trim (like old Luke). For comparison, an old photo from Chuck pic.twitter.com/Rcu1RuyISY
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