Star Wars actor Mark Hamill turned his back on Hollywood superstardom, because he wanted to be a character actor.

The LUKE SKYWALKER star, 52, preferred to consider himself just part of a popular film - rather than a big movie star in one of the biggest films ever made.

Hamill says, "I thought I was playing one character in one of the most popular movies of all time.

"I always wanted to be flexible enough to be a character actor.

"There were drawbacks and there were advantages but doing what I wanted allowed me to work so often in the theatre and get to where I am now - working on cartoons and video games and things that appeal to young people."

16/09/2004 17:19