Although none of this was expected at the time, Star Wars became a great success when it was released in 1977, producing one of the largest media empires ever. After three films as Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill had achieved what many actors had in mind. It should come as no surprise that Arnold Schwarzenegger, a fresh-faced man, asked Hamill for advice on how to make it as an actor. Well, Hamill must have lost his game that day because he gave Schwarzenegger advice that he thought was terrible to him.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is known for many things (let's not forget his tenure as governor), but perhaps most prominent for his iconic accent and an impossible-to-spell surname. There are an unlimited number of actors who can set accents and hide their real voice, which Schwarzenegger has never done – regardless of his characters over the years. Conversely, his voice and name became his trademark and he became one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. If he had listened to Mark Hamill, it could have been very different.
On Twitter Mark Hamill remembers how Arnold Schwarzenegger had asked for advice early in his career. Hamill gives no data, but Schwarzenegger's first starring role was Conan the Barbarian 1982, a year before the release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi so we're probably somewhere in the late seventies to early the eighties. Hamill suggested that Schwarzenegger should throw away his accent and his name because he thought that nobody would hire a man whose name they could not spell. Hamill did not think that wrong, as many actors adapt the stage names for their careers. But these aspects of his personality characterize Schwarzenegger, and along with his massive build, he eventually became one of the greatest action stars of all time. It could even be argued that his career overshadowed Hamill for a time.
And can you imagine saying a Schwarzenegger slogan without its accent? Say "I'll come back" as a normal person. It is impossible.
Schwarzenegger is still strong after decades in the industry. His next big movie is Terminator 6 where he will revive his legendary killer robot. The film is expected to hit theaters on November 22, 2019. You can find more films coming out this year in our movie release guide for 2018.