Watch Mark Hamill Explain How He Was Cast In Star Wars VII. Back In 1983

TIME

Star Wars fans might feel like they’ve been waiting ages for the seventh episode of the sci-fi franchise to be made, but that’s nothing compared to star Mark Hamill.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals an old interview clip from 1983 in which Hamill describes how Star Wars creator George Lucas first predicted the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens decades ago. In the clip Hamill explains:

“He at one time asked, ‘Would you consider playing an Obi-Wan-type character handing Excalibur down to the next generation? I said, ‘When would that be?’ and at the time he said, ‘Aww, around 2011.’ I thought, gee, as much as I’d like to have a job lined up at the turn of the century, I was figuring out how old I would be at that point and I thought, well, I don’t know.”

Well, Lucas might have been off by four years, but that’s…

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