Mark Hamill reviews the 1976 audition with Carrie Fisher

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Mark Hamill looks back at the 1976 audition with Carrie Fisher as he thanks Star Wars fans for “an amazing trip”

Mark Hamill wrote a thank you letter to Star Wars fans.

The 68-year-old actor shared a touching note on Twitter by saying his last goodbye to his character Luke Skywalker, which he last played in Rise of Skywalker in 2019.

He captioned the special letter, which is part of the Complete Skywalker Saga Blu-ray, with the words: “Some thoughts at the end of one era and the beginning of another … #StarWars. “

Mark Hamill looks back on the 1976 audition with Carrie Fisher as he thanks the Star Wars fans for

Mark Hamill looks back on the 1976 audition with Carrie Fisher as he thanks Star Wars fans for “an amazing trip”; he is seen in january

Mark – who was first tested for the role in 1976 – admitted that he and his original co-stars Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford had no idea that Star Wars would continue to be so popular with fans.

He wrote, “What an amazing trip it was. In 1976, when Carrie, Harrison and I were testing our roles in what was then called The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars, there was no way we could have knowing what an incredibly rich and imaginative set of adventures this obscure little space movie would launch would inspire eight more chapters to tell the whole story of Skywalker.

As they were: Mark, left, plays Luke Skywalker in 1977 alongside Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Hans Solo

As they were: Mark, left, plays Luke Skywalker in 1977 alongside Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Hans Solo

Praising the fans who are new to the franchise and those who have been there from the start, Mark added, “As Carrie once said, Star Wars is a family affair, and that’s what we’ve all become – a giant community that shares the experience of these stories and the fundamental value they instill in us.

“I am deeply grateful for all your enthusiasm and dedication to the distant galaxy of George Lucas, who will continue to grow with new storytellers building an even larger gallery, filled with heroes, villains, action, romance and, of course, from The Force. ‘

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