Watch: Mark Hamill’s Audition for ‘Star Wars’

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Happy belated 65th birthday, Mark Hamill! The man who will always be known as Luke Skywalker had never starred in a film before starring in 1977’s Star Wars, and his performance as the farm boy turned Jedi warrior would change the course of his entire career (and is a role he is still playing to this day). But before he was cast, Hamill was just another actor auditioning for a movie.

In this clip from his audition, an extremely young-looking Hamill is a little soft-spoken as he auditions opposite Harrison Ford with dialogue that was mostly cut from the script. His earnest portrayal while speaking the outlandish dialogue won him the role over actor William Katt, who nearly was cast.

Watch Hamill’s audition in the above video!

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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