"It's hard to convey my gratitude, my joy, the exhilaration of being recognized in this way", Hamill told the scores of fans who surrounded the unveiling of the emblematic terrazzo and brass star in front of El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood's heart.
Mark Hamill, a longtime star of the Star Wars franchise and defender of Star Wars fans everywhere, offered some advice for a young girl afraid to sport her fangirl pride at school. But it was the loss of Carrie Fisher that led him to reflect on a bittersweet moment amid the celebration.
"I'm very proud of Mark for getting this star", Lucas said.
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Hamill took to the podium at the end of the ceremony, joking that he hadn't "been this speechless since Force Awakens".
"If it wasn't for the genius of George Lucas, I wouldn't be standing here today", Hamill, 66, said. "They are with you in career highs and career lows", he said.
"If it weren't for the public, I'd be nowhere", said Hamill.
"I prepared myself for this experience by going back and looking at the screen test that I did with Mark".
"Star Wars is a big galaxy, and you can sort of find nearly anything you want to in Star Wars.", said J.J. Abrams, who is returning to helm Episode IX after directing The Force Awakens. "He is, as he always was, a quiet, sincere, honest person".