Mark Hammill explains what he told George Lucas immediately after seeing The Force Awakens

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The actor who plays Luke Skywalker has been speaking about his initial impression of the newest movie in the Star Wars series.

This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars actor Mark Hammill has been speaking to the Sun about what he did directly after seeing the latest film in the series.

The Force Awakens was a superb return to form for a franchise that had been severely damaged by the ill-judged prequels, and director J. J. Abrams proved it was in safe hands with a film that finally showed a generation what all the fuss was about while reminding so many others of the magic of the initial movies.

Hammill had a small part in Episode VII and is set to play a significantly larger role in the next film, so what did he think when he saw Abrams’ addition to the canon?

Speaking to the Sun, the actor who plays Luke Skywalker said, “As the lights came up, the first thing I did was look over to George and gave him a hug and whispered in his ear: ‘It’s not the same without you’.

It certainly isn’t, and the majority of fans will be grateful for that having sat through The Phantom Menace and the woeful Attack of the Clones.

The last film introduced two new stars in the form of Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and with the next instalment set for a 2017 release, with the superb Rian Johnson in the director’s chair, fans can surely expect more of the same.

Hammil was talking to the Sun following the launch of Force for Change, a charity supporting a number of children's hospitals, and you can find more details here.