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Mark Hamill finally gets his star




Mark Hamill attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England.
Mark Hamill attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England.
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....Star Wars burst on to the big screen. That "long time ago," by the way, was 1977. 

Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker  -- they're all household names at this point. Huge, huge stars. But it was only yesterday that the actor who played Luke Skywalker -- Mark Hamill -- got a star to match his status on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

"Words truly fail me," Hamill told the crowd. "It's hard to convey my gratitude, the joy, my exhiliration of being recognized this way. I haven't been this speechless since 'Force Awakens.'"

If you're wondering why it took so long for him o get a star, a method to the madness, there is. It's not the Jedi but the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that oversees the process. 

An honoree has to be nominated -- anyone can do that, by the way -- and once the Chamber approves of the star, whomever made the nomination needs to kick in $30,000. Half of that is to actually make the star. The rest is for maintenance.

So finally, the force seemed to be with the 66-year-old actor, who had some friends along for the occasion. R2D2 was there. So was his equally legendary co star, Harrison Ford, who got his star on the Walk of Fame 15 years ago. 

"There's a lot more people than showed up for my star," Ford said. "A lot more."

Star Wars creator George Lucas was there too. 

"Mark Hamill is a character that cannot be written," he said.

If you want to visit Hamill's new cement-framed star, it's got some pretty prime placement. It's near the intersection of Hollywood and Highland.



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