Luke Skywalker slimmed down for his secretive role in the highly anticipated new film

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated December 03, 2015 01:20 PM
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Carrie Fisher wasn’t the only Star Wars stalwart asked to slim down before reprising her role in the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Mark Hamill has reportedly lost around 50 lbs. to come back as Luke Skywalker – but does his slimdown has to do with a secretive new character turn for the former hero?

“I’m on the ‘if it tastes good, don’t eat it’ diet,” Hamill tells Rolling Stone.

While snacking on a plate of fruit and vegetables, Hamill exclaims, “Look at what I’m eating now instead of potato chips and bagels.”

Rolling Stone writer Brian Hiatt estimates that Hamill has lost around 50 lbs., but said that the actor, 64, doesn’t like hearing about it as a compliment.

“It implies that I looked so dreadful before!” the actor says.

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Fisher said she was told to lose over 35 lbs. to reprise her role as Princess Leia.

“They don’t want to hire all of me only about three-quarters!” Fisher told Good Housekeeping U.K. “Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.”

But Hamill’s weight loss may be related to a speculated dark character turn for Luke Skywalker. The character doesn’t appear on the film’s poster, and other than a brief shot of his hand, isn’t seen in trailers.

But Hamill appeared in a new Star Wars charity video Thursday, in one of his first public appearances in over a year.

Don’t expect any clues about Luke’s fate from Hamill, though. He tells Rolling Stone that he has “this massive, oppressive sword-of-Damocles NDA hanging over my head.”

Even if the anticipation is getting painful with just 15 days to go until the premiere, all this secrecy will make the movie even better – right?