On Saturday, February 27, 2016, a week before he visited Oxford, Mark Hamill came to Cambridge for a Q&A session hosted by The Cambridge Union Society. The event, which began at 5 p.m., is now available for viewing here:
Uploaded March 12, 2016.
Afterward, The Cambridge News posted their report, “Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is ‘honoured’ to speak at Cambridge Union,” which can be read here.
One fan gave a chocolate Darth Vader head to eat on the way home.
On Facebook, The Cambridge Union Society posted,
To the person who gave Mark Hamill a chocolate Darth Vader,
Mark wanted to tell you thank you but that he tends not to eat chocolate anymore. He really did like the gift and he has signed it and asked us to return it to you if we can find you.
Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to reclaim it if you are that person x
Read the comments section for the response.
Update, March 27, 2016:
In transcribing Mark Hamill’s talk at Cambridge I came across this tidbit:
“After we finished filming in Africa and London they took me out to Death Valley in the United States. You’ve seen it in a lot of John Ford Westerns and so forth. And we had a skeleton crew. And it was just me, Threepio, and nobody was inside R2-D2. They just needed a shot of me going along [in the landspeeder]. What’s funny was, Anthony Daniels was back here in England so they had to find somebody who could fit into his costume. It didn’t matter who; just so they could articulate the arms and turn the head. And it was a young ballet dancer, this young girl. Teenaged, maybe 19 or 20. That was always the problem. They’d say, ‘So what’s the story of this movie?’ And you’d think, ‘Wow, can you say in 25 words or less what it’s about?’ I said, ‘It’s a bunch of crazy nonsense but you’ll enjoy it. Just move your arms and shut up.’”
Wait a minute. Mark never went to Death Valley for that long distance shot of the landspeeder. He was at the hospital recovering from his car accident.
Rinzler quotes Lucas in The Making of Star Wars, page 250, that a double was used for Luke.
Who was the double? Or did Hamill heal sufficiently to do the long shot in Death Valley a few days later?