Last week, The Sunday Times reported that Mark Hamill fell while climbing on the Irish island of Skellig Micheal while filming for Star Wars: Episode VII -The Force Awakens. They also claimed that the fall in question could have been extremely dangerous had a guide not caught him in time. Other news sources apparently reported that Hamill had, in fact, been injured. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that story was false. Mark Hamill tweeted that stories of the fall were exaggerated, if not made up completely. Mark Hamill tweeted “Fabricated stories usually contain a seed of truth. Didn’t so much as stub a toe on Skellig Michael. But thanks for your concern! #FalseNews.”
The Sunday Times is sticking to the story that it initially reported. A spokesman for The Sunday Times said “We stand by our story, which asserted that Mark Hamill was saved from a dangerous fall while on Skellig Micheal. This was corroborated by an eyewitness who was present at the time. Contrary to other media reports following our story we did not assert or report that Hamill was injured.” This means that it’s likely that Hamill may have actually fallen, but he may have just not been hurt.
This story has been linked to a similar story from a few months ago. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in mid June. The linking of these two stories was meant to imply that the set of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens was cursed, which would have looked bad for the project. However, since the story is not true, we can ignore all possibility of negative superstition with regard to the project.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be in theaters on December 18th.