‘Knightfall’ – Why Mark Hamill signed on

Hamill kills as ‘Knightfall’ character

Mark Hamill of ‘Knightfall’ Monday on History

Q: What was it about your role of Talus that made you want to do “Knightfall”?

A: Well, I first was given sample episodes to watch of “Knightfall” when they asked me to be a part of it. I had no real intention of doing anything like that, but I got hooked immediately, and it was riveting. I mean, it transports you into this whole other world, and it’s so relatable. I mean, it’s seen through Landry’s eyes. And I just thought, “I’ve never been offered anything like this before.” I mean, I’d never done a character quite like this before, a religious zealot, a man of deep convictions and, yet, such a paradox. I mean, I remember thinking (as) he’s lecturing the troops and he says, “Once you become a Templar knight you shall become God’s executioners.” How could there be such a thing? I thought, “Thou shalt not kill.”

But that’s the thing, I was flattered that they would think of me for such a diverse character part, and I thought, “Oh, I have to do this. I really do have to do this.” And so, to be part of a largely British cast and in a period drama like this, which I’d never done before … that’s what I look for, challenges to try not to repeat yourself, and this was certainly a challenge.

Q: Did the resemblance between the Knights Templar and the Jedi create any hesitancy for you?

A: I didn’t really think it through. But the truth of the matter is that I’m sure … George Lucas came from so many different inspirations of his own, both from the movies and literature. He was probably thinking more of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable because it was more idealized and glamorous, certainly, than the Templar Knights, but there’s no question that his inspiration was rooted, partially, in this mythology.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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