Mark Hamill on His Chuck Cameo & Discovering the Show

AOL TV caught up with Mark Hamill recently and got the scoop on his cameo in the Chuck season premiere plus how he became a fan of this show that’s “so hard to categorize.” Warning: minor spoilers ahead!

I am so excited to see you on ‘Chuck’!
Thank you! I mean, I thought that since it was sort of a cameo that it’d be nice to keep it secret.

Well there are no secrets at Comic-Con …
I know — I was shocked! I didn’t say anything, but when they announced it at the panel, Twitter and all the different new media went on alert. I was surprised … I’m only in one scene. It’s a dream come true because not only is it a really delightful show, but the scene I’m in is like a James Bond scene. I’ve seen these spy things before, but I never thought I’d be a part of one. I’m playing this arch-villain holding these two young people hostage, forcing them to jump off a cliff. It’s wonderful. I had a great time.

Do you realize that when you sign up for something so steeped in geek culture that it’s a huge deal, even for just a cameo?
No! It always surprises me. The thing is, I knew of ‘Chuck”s reputation, that it’s a very sort of cult show that people just absolutely adore, but it was my kids that said, “You’ve gotta do this!” [Laughs] So I said, “I really don’t know the show that well,” so they sent me a package of all these DVDs and we just had a ‘Chuck’ marathon and watched five, six, seven in a row and it was just an astonishing revelation to me. I said, “Where has this show been?” I mean, it’s so hard to categorize … it’s so unique, there’s really nothing else like it on television.

And the cast — they’re all so much fun.
The cast is just tremendous. I have to tell you, you know, you can tell when you go on set … I’ve been in very high-tension situations where this one’s not talking to that one, etc. But the crew, the cast, all of them are just like one big happy family, so it was a lot of fun.

And this being their last season, you’re sort of the guest star pinnacle for their final hurrah.
Well, we’ll see what happens. I did say to them, “Isn’t it odd that I’m just doing a cameo?” And … I don’t want to say anything, but who knows what’ll happen.

So it leaves it open to maybe have you back for more?
Yes, that’s what they said … we’ll see. Please, I don’t want to get anybody started! [Laughs]

(Read more from Mark about his voice work as the Joker and in Sushi Girl…)

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  1. I’m such a geek over Mark. I can’t wait to see that episode!

  2. Sounds like Mark’s kids are pretty serious Chuck fans. Too bad that so many people still haven’t heard about Chuck after the past four seasons. I guess it is better late than never. Hopefully the fan base will grow even more as season five progresses and Chuck moves to syndication.