Mark Hamill ‘lost 50 lbs’ for Star Wars role

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    Actor exposes strict regimen days after his co-star Carrie Fisher claims she felt obliged to lose weight to play General Organa in The Force Awakens

    Mark Hamill has revealed that he went on a strict diet to prepare for his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    In an interview with Rolling Stone, the 64 -year-old actor spoke about how playing the character of Luke Skywalker again inspired a new weight loss regimen.

    Look at what Im eating now instead of potato chips and bagels, he said, while showing off a fruit and vegetable plate, Im on the if it savor good, dont eat it diet. The article remarks that Hamill seems to have lost a good 50 pounds[ 23 kg] while the actor says compliments on the transformation suggest that he seemed so dreadful before.

    The article comes just days after Carrie Fisher spoke about the pressure she felt to lose weight before returning to the role of Princess Leia.

    They dont want to hire all of me only about three-quarters !, she told Good Housekeeping magazine. Nothing changes, its an appearance-driven thing. Im 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 thats how easy it is.

    Hamill and Fisher join Harrison Ford as returning cast members with new stars including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac.

    The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just two weeks away and anticipation is so high that opening night tickets have been on sale for more than $1,000( PS669) each on sites including eBay and StubHub !.

    There are not many other movies that have this kind of crazy cult following, Jared Cutler, chief strategy officer of DTI Management, a ticketing software provider, told Variety. The hype around it is a big reason. As with any type of ticket, its all about scarcity and demand.

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in UK cinema on 17 December and in the US on the 18 December.

    Read more: www.theguardian.com

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