Mark Hamill Wields Sword Instead of Lightsaber in ‘Knightfall’

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Mark Hamill on New Role in Knightfall

Mark Hamill has become a pop culture icon for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the classic Star Wars trilogy. Hamill has also gone on to become an accomplished voice and character actor spanning both television and film projects. The actor has now taken on a new, and some might say slightly-familiar role for the United Kingdom History Channel’s series on the Knights Templar, ‘Knightfall’.

Hamill appears in this season of ‘Knightfall’ as Templar Master, Talus. The new character is a weathered and worn knight tasked with training the Knights Templar in their brutal duties. The announcement of Hamill’s new role brought on some comparison to the iconic Jedi Knight, by Star Wars fans, but the performer isn’t so sure. Speaking recently in an interview with Den of Geek, he remarked, “That didn’t even occur to me until I said yes! Then everyone on the internet was saying, oh, he’s doing a knight again. Obviously, George Lucas had so many influences, and certainly, knights were something he modeled his characters after. When I first read the script for Star Wars, I thought, oh my gosh, this is like a Western, a WWII movie, it’s swashbuckling, it’s like pirate movies. It’s all these genres mixed up so that everything old is new again. He was definitely influenced by that sense of purpose and valor and doing the right thing for a great cause, there’s no question about it. Other than that, I don’t see a lot of similarities between Luke and Talus.”

‘Knightfall’ enters its second season this summer on the History Channel in the United Kingdom. It follows a fictional retelling of the Knights Templar, a group of warrior monks in France during the 14th century. Although Hamill wasn’t familiar with the show when approached for the role, he quickly became a fan saying, “They sent over a couple of screeners. I’d never heard of this show, but don’t go by me. My kids always say, ‘You’ve never heard of that?!’. For me, at my age, a day spent in your pajamas is a win, puttering around the garden with your dogs and telling kids to get off your lawn. I started watching this thing, and I was riveted. It just transports you into another time and another place. I’d seen Camelot and the sort of movies you see on Turner Classic Movies. This was just so gritty and harrowing, really, to think of a time when the mortality rate was so high. Old age was considered 40. After about 20 minutes, I thought, ‘Oh no – I have to do this.’ I don’t get offered things like this, historical dramas with a British cast!”

Source: Den of Geek

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