Pictured: Mark Hamill . CR: Russ Martin/FX
Mark Hamill is trading in his lightsaber for a pair of fangs in the first look at his role in What We Do In The Shadows. This episode is titled, “On The Run” and Hamill will play a bitter rival vampire of Laszlo (Matt Berry. Hamill’s character is so dark that Laszlo leaves home and goes into hiding. Sounds like a good time, right?
The news broke about Hamill’s cameo back in January. Hamill is a big fan of the What We Do In The Shadows movies starring show creator Jermaine Clement and jack of all trades Taika Waititi. He tells Entertainment Weekly that his son introduced him to the film on Father’s day. Hamill hadn’t heard of the film and says he was unprepared for what he saw. He found the film clever and compelling and says it’s one of his favorite movies.
Hamill had high hopes for the Shadows series because Clement and Waititi were involved. He was happily surprised calling the cast one of the best ensembles on television. So when the opportunity came to be a part of the vampire saga, Hamill jumped at the chance. “I expected the role to be like the next door neighbor or someone who works at the Department of Motor Vehicles. When I read I was going to play a vampire, I just about shot out of my chair. What a great honor!”
No doubt that this episode will have a great battle. Let’s just hope the rivals can make up without killing anyone. Especially since Hamill says he had a great experience filming the show. So does this mean we’ll see Hamill on Shadows again? I hope so.
Mark Hamill’s What We Do In The Shadows episode airs Wednesday, May 13 on FX.