Freddy Krueger Convinced Mark Hamill To Audition For Starwars
The release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977 became the turning point for the careers of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. However, Hamill would not have been given the role of Luke Skywalker if not for the man who played Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street horror movies.
During the Oz Comic Con in Brisbane, Robert Englund influenced Mark Hamill into auditioning for Star Wars: A New Hope without telling him that he had also auditioned for the role of Han Solo. Some fans might have already read about this in Englund’s book, Hollywood Monster.
According to an interview with Englund conducted by Forced Material, Englund thought that he had already bagged the role of the surfer in Apocalypse Now but he found out that he did not pass the audition. Then, as he was leaving, somebody told him about that there was something going on involving George Lucas. And since Englund was such a great fan of Lucas, he went on and auditioned for the role of Hans solo. However, the casting staff were looking for an older artist to play the role. He said that people only took pictures of him, which just indicated that he was just not fit for the role of Han Solo.
Then, he managed to goad Mark Hamill to audition for the Star Wars movie. He related that during that time, Mark Hamill was already a star and was shooting for a certain TV series. In addition, Hamill was always staying at his place. So, soon as he got inside his place, Englund told about George Lucas’ latest project and asked him audition. Afterward, Mark got in touch with his agent and bagged the role Luke Skywalker.