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Mark Hamill Legit Thought Luke Skywalker Was Han Solo's Sidekick When He Auditioned

"I thought he was Captain America and I was Bucky!"

With the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker only weeks away, it would make sense that Mark Hamill might be feeling a little nostalgic.

In a video with Omaze, Hamill recently sat down to watch his screen test audition for Star Wars: A New Hope and his reaction to it is amazing.

As the video begins Hamill makes fun of his haircut all those years ago saying that was the most he contributed to Luke’s look, his “Beatles-esque haircut”.

Harrison Ford also appeared in the screen-test footage and Hamill didn’t hold back his praise for his co-star.

“This was the first day I ever met Harrison Ford, by the way. He’s always been one of my favorite people. I’m so lucky to have been able to work with him because he was the personification of cool. I mean, he was Han Solo. He’s better in the screen test than I am, and he’s off-camera, so that should give you some idea,” he joked.

At one point in the video, the actor is baffled as he watches his younger self calls Ford “Hans” instead of “Han”, reminding him of how the cast and crew were confused about how to pronounce Han and Chewbacca’s names. It turns out, George Lucas didn’t really care about how they said it.

While Carrie Fisher isn’t present in the footage, Hamill does remember how she would call one of his facial expressions his “freshly punched look”.

He added that she was the final piece in the Star Wars puzzle and how she surprised him, “She was effortlessly feminist, you know? She wasn’t some shrinking violet that needed a guy to come rescue her. In fact, she made Han and Luke look like chumps!

“She was anything but what I expected. I mean, I sort of thought, ‘Well, she’s 19, that’s barely out of high school. And in many ways, she was a lot older and wiser than I was.”

When the scene ended, Hamill revealed he thought Luke Skywalker would be Han Solo’s sidekick in the film, not the main character.

“When I did this scene, I thought Han Solo was the lead character and I was the sidekick. Harrison was a bonafide leading man. So I thought he was Captain America and I was Bucky!

“So, when I eventually got the script and I opened to the front page it said, ‘The Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Starkiller… I realised, ‘Oh my gosh! It’s through my eyes!'”

“Weeks later, I got a call from my agent and she said, ‘They want you for Star Wars.’ I couldn’t believe it.”

He finished by saying, “There wasn’t a day that we didn’t laugh a lot.”

The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas on December 19.

Johnny Depp Fans Are Trying Really Hard To Get Amber Heard Fired From 'Aquaman 2'

And it's all very messy.

It would seem as though the legal battle between Amber Heard and ex-husband Johnny Depp is never-ending and it’s beginning to affect their upcoming movie projects.

Fans of Depp have created a petition on Change.org titled “Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2” which is looking for 35,000 signatures.

Credit: Warner Bros.

Meanwhile, Heard recently requested her former husband submit a mental health assessment as part of the $50 million defamation lawsuit he has filed against the actress.

The lawsuit came after Heard wrote a Washington Post op-ed about being the victim of domestic abuse and while Depp wasn’t named in the piece, he claims the inferences were strong enough to defame him.

Depp alleges that the article made him lose the role of Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films – meanwhile, Disney has never publicly revealed the future of Depp in the franchise, though they do reportedly have plans for a reboot which wouldn’t include the actor.

In a different lawsuit that Depp filed against his former attorney, Heard came up again as it was alleged that Depp had personally requested former Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara to fire her from Aquaman and block her from getting any roles with Warner Bros. However, Tsujihara left Warner Bros on bad terms following a sexual misconduct casting couch scandal.

The Change.Org petition alleges Heard “has been exposed as a domestic abuser” and that is why she should be removed from Aquaman 2.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Warner Bros execs, who seem to be on Heard’s side, were worried about working with Depp on the Fantastic Beasts franchise following the legal battle between the pair.

Credit: Warner Bros.

Sources told The Post, “Executives at Warner Bros. are wondering how to deal with the backlash of the Depp matter on the Harry Potter franchise. High-level female execs at the studio are extremely worried about working with Depp and the message it sends to the public, especially after the recent sordid departure of CEO Kevin Tsujihara.”

“This is yet another blow to the morale of female employees at the studio. If Warner Bros. continues to stick by Depp, it would reveal a lot about the values the company holds,” they added.

As far as we can tell, neither parties have succeeded and Heard will continue as Mera in Aquaman 2 and Depp will still be playing Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

Plus, it would likely take a whole lot more than 35,000 people to get Warner Bros. to change their mind about Heard considering the first Aquaman movie made over $1 billion…

Aquaman 2 is set for release on December 2022.

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Peter Parker And Tony Stark's 'Endgame' Reunion Was Originally Very Different

And not in a good way.

When Peter Parker (Tom Holland) was dusted at the end of Avengers: Infinity War it was heartbreaking, but no one was more hurt than Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), so when the pair was finally reunited in Avengers: Endgame it was a pretty big deal.

But it turns out that their reunion was originally meant to go down very differently – and it would have made the scene far less emotional.

In the movie, Parker’s ‘death’ is the whole reason Stark decides to risk his life in the mission to bring back those who were dusted.

Credit: Marvel

Jeff Ford, the movie’s editor, has revealed the original reunion scene was going to be more funny than emotional.

In an interview with /Film, Ford revealed the scene was shot before Infinity War had even hit theatres so they didn’t realise how big of an emotional impact Parker’s death would have on audiences.

He said, “The first time we shot it, Peter and Tony reunite and Pepper’s nearby, and Tony goes, ‘Uh, Peter, do you know Pepper?’ ‘Nice to meet you!’ It’s one of those crazy meet-cutes in the middle of a fight. He hugs him and they have this thing, but it felt very incidental, like they ran into each other at an airport or something.

“We watched it, and they were both great in the scene, but it was like a comedy scene, so it had this schtick quality to it. By the way, we did not yet know how powerful Peter disappearing was (in Infinity War) when we shot that first version. We had shot it, I think, but we hadn’t tested it, we hadn’t lived with it and actually done the (effect) of (him) going away, so when the audience had that reaction, we’re like, this reunion is different now. It’s a different thing.”

He added, “I think we did five or six takes between the two, but those guys, their chemistry is so great and they’re so at ease with each other in that way, it was kind of effortless. That came together really easily.

Credit: Sony

“We did one loop in there, though, to explain something: Peter has a line about Doctor Strange ‘and then I got all dusty,’ that line was something we added because a couple people were confused about where he came from. So we thought let’s put a fine point on that, so we did that one adjustment. But for the most part, it was pretty easy to cut that.”

The MCU movies often cut tension with humour, especially with Stark, but in this scene we’re glad they didn’t go that way and went for the more emotional reunion.

In the scene we now have, Peter saves Tony and begin frantically recounting what had just happened to him. Tony uncharacteristically interrupts him with a hug. “What are you doing?” Peter says. “Oh, this is nice.”

It can’t get any better than that.

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