Yahoo Movies has a new interview with Mark Hamill and the Star Wars icon revealed a couple of little bits of info that might interest fans of that galaxy far, far away.
Asked specifically about his own reaction to parts of the Star Wars: The Force Awaken trailer, Hamill revealed that the new droid, that we now know is named BB-8 (the interview was conducted before his name was revealed), is not CGI, but according to Jedi Master Skywalker is a live prop.
“They never cease to amaze me with what they’re able to come up with, you know? I said, ‘How are you ever gonna top R2-D2, the most adorable droid in movie history?’ And then they have this new one,” Hamill said. “I can’t even tell you his name, but you saw it in the trailer. And when they were demonstrating how they did this thing, live on set — because it’s not CGI, that’s a live prop — I was just amazed. They let me play around with it. [Laughs] I was running it all around at the creature shop up in Pinewood. I’m telling you, it’s an absolute delight. And not having thought that I’d ever go back there, to go back into that world, is just – I get the chills. It’s just so much fun. “
Asked if he was surprised that he wasn’t in the trailer himself, Hamill was characteristically diplomatic, but may have offered one bit of pertinent info considering none of the new characters' last names were revealed.
“Not really, Hamill replied. “This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing. It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling. So I never thought that the stories would be – first of all, I never thought I’d be involved in it again, period. And then when George [Lucas] said that they wanted to do more, I rightly assumed that it wouldn’t beour story, because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This must be our offspring and the current generation, with us there lending the kind of support that Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness did in the original.”