The recently released first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was emotional for Mark Hamill.
Yes, he "loved" what he saw, but…
"Best of all, even more than the trailer, I liked watching videos of people watching the trailer," Hamill told me earlier today while promoting his latest project, Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, the new animated adaptation of the Elf movie and Broadway musicial (premiering on Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. on NBC). "You know you sort of get isolated and you forget that to a certain segment of the population that this is very special to them and they love it at a level that most people don't understand. That was moving to me. I got choked up seeing how happy it made people."
As we know, Hamill reprises his role as Luke Skywalker in the first installment of the new trilogy. Harrison Ford is back as Han Solo and of course, Carrie Fisher returning as Princess Leia.
While we don't know exactly what they'll be doing in the movie, Hamill did reveal that the first time the famous trio reunited wasn't on set.
"They had a dinner at a restaurant for us," Hamill said. "They booked a room at a restaurant where we all met the new cast members. The three of us came together. In many ways, it was an out-of-body experience, but within the first five minutes, it felt like we had never been apart…We were all laughing and it was like we were on a break during The Empire Strikes Back."
As for plots or any other kinds of spoilers, don't expect Hamill to spill. "I don't understand why people would want to know what happens!" he said. "I love not knowing. It's a whole different world now where there's an industry whose entire goal is to leak—to leak the entire script. I don't understand it."
The trailer debuted online on Nov. 28 and features shots of new spacecrafts, at least one droid and actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac.
Andy Serkis provides the menacing voiceover. There's also footage of the Millennium Falcon in an air battle with what appears to be several TIE Fighters.
And of course, the trailer includes John Williams' iconic movie theme.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't set for release for about another year on Dec. 18, 2015.
Hamill never thought he'd be in another Star Wars film. "It was the last thing in the world that I ever expected to happen," he said. "We had a beginning, a middle and an end. I was able to let go.
"I was nervous when the prequels came out," Hamill continued. "Would it be like a bunch of strangers rummaging through my toy box? Like, 'Hey, that's my light saber, that's my droid, get away from my floating car.' But by the time the prequels came out I was surprisingly well-adjusted."