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Mark Hamill 'Can't Watch' Luke's Goodbye to Carrie Fisher's Leia in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' (Exclusive)

In Star War: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker is reunited with his sister, Princess Leia Organa, for a deeply touching scene that was one of the emotional highlights of the action-packed sci-fi epic.

As it turns out, the scene was nearly as emotional for stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, who shared the screen for the first time as their characters since Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in 1983. 

The 66-year-old actor sat down with ET’s Ash Crossan and opened up about the delicate scene, which saw Luke sweetly kiss his estranged sister — now general of the Resistance — on the forehead, and how the gesture came about organically.

“I didn’t decide it and say, ‘Can I do this?’ I mean, in the take — I don’t know if we rehearsed it or not, but it just happened,” Hamill recalled. “I was standing up and they weren’t ready for it. They said, ‘No, do that again.’ And we did it for a second take, and like I said, it was just spontaneous.”

Hamill explained that now, in light of Fisher’s untimely death, the scene was “really momentous” for him at the time, because Luke “was saying goodbye to his sister forever,” and soon after Hamill had to say goodbye to Fisher as well.

“I can’t watch that scene. It’s just, you know, takes me out of the movie completely,” he shared. “I’ll get over it, but she’ll be forever missed and she’s irreplaceable.”

Fisher died in December 2016 after a brief hospitalization following a heart attack. In the days following Fisher’s death, Hamill paid an emotional tribute to the icon, sharing, “It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking.”

“She was OUR Princess, damn it, & the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent & ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away, determined & tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her & want her to succeed & be happy… I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness & even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years,” Hamill continued. “Thanks, Carrie. I love you.”

Earlier this month, Hamill received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where he was joined by Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford, the franchise’s creator, George Lucas, as well Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, who also appeared in both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi as Lieutenant Connix, a member of the Resistance.

“I see so much of Carrie in Billie,” Hamill told ET at the ceremony. “I adore her. She’s my pretend space niece, since her mom was my pretend space sister… I’m very protective of her.”

Check out the video below to hear more.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available on digital now and on Blu-ray Mar. 27.


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Britney Spears Shows Off Her Singing Chops With Stirring Rendition of Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling in Love'

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Britney Spears just did something she’s wanted to do for a long time. Inspired by Madonna’s soulful “Toxic” tribute on Friday, the pop superstar kicked off her birthday by belting out the first few lines of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” at her home in Thousand Oaks, California. While showing off her trademark pipes, Spears wore her long blonde locks in a chic topknot that complemented her backless lace mini dress. She shared the 360-degree singing clip Saturday night, adding that…

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Read Chester Bennington's Heartbreaking Letter to Chris Cornell: 'Can't Imagine A World Without You'

Chester Bennington was found dead at the age of 41 from an apparent suicide on Thursday. The Linkin Park frontman’s passing came as a surprise to many, but another death that also shocked the music world was that of rocker Chris Cornell.

Bennington and the Soundgarden frontman were very close, and following Cornell’s tragic death in May, the “Numb” singer penned a heartbreaking letter to his dear friend.

WATCH: Hear Chester Bennington’s Emotional Tribute at Chris Cornell’s Funeral

“I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look my wife’s face. She told me my friend had just passed away. Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept,” Bennington wrote at the time, in a letter shared via social media. “I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family. You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that.”

“I just watched a video of you singing ‘A Day in the Life’ by the Beatles and thought of my dream,” he continued. “I’d like to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your life. With all my love. Your friend, Chester.”

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Coincidentally, Bennington died on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. The Audioslave singer committed suicide on May 18, following a performance at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Bennington, along with Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson, performed an emotional rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s May 26 funeral service.

The two toured together in 2007 and 2008, at times taking the stage together to give their dedicated fans a special treat.

On Friday, Linkin Park canceled the remainder of their North American tour. No word on the band’s future following the beloved musician’s sudden death.

For more on Bennington, watch below.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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