The Beatles are a cultural phenomenon that bled into every part of the world over the decades. This meant that, when Star Wars came out in 1977 and its two sequels hit cinemas in the 1980s, the actors were massive fans.
So then, when George Harrison was on a flight he was spotted by none other than the actor who plays Luke Skywalker: Mark Hamill.
At the time, Hamill was exceedingly famous because of Star Wars’ success, but Harrison was a legend who had been playing music for decades.
When Hamill spotted him across the aisle, he knew he had to make contact, otherwise, he would regret it forever.
Hamill confirmed this story in a Tweet: “I was sitting in the airplane and George Harrison was across the way from me, so I sent a little note over,” before noting how he didn’t usually like asking famous people for autographs. Instead, he would ask questions about their projects.
Hamill continued: “So I sent the note over. It just said: ‘Dear Mr Harrison, thank you so much for supplying the soundtrack of a lifetime,’ and so forth.”
Before too long, a stewardess came over to Hamill and said: “George Harrison would like to meet you.”
The man who played the son of Darth Vader instantly started panicking. “I didn’t know what to do with myself,” he recalled. “I was walking over there, I got a lump in my throat. Like if I open my mouth I’m going to cry like a little girl.”
@MarkHamill, who played Luke Skywalker, is also a huge Beatles fan.
He was once star-struck when he met George Harrison in an airplane: pic.twitter.com/SkEed47l4y
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When Hamill sat down next to Harrison, he began spouting endless praise for the star: “Gosh, Mr Harrison, I just want to tell you that your music is so meaningful to me in my life, and I don’t know what my life would’ve been without your music.”
Harrison looked at Hamill coolly and replied: “You’re not so bad yourself.”
Hamill ecstatically remembered: “I could die and go to heaven right now!”
Harrison was reportedly particularly fond of the Star Wars series because he saw parallels between the idea of the Force and his own Hare Krishna beliefs.
The Quiet Beatle apparently thought the Force was a good metaphor for spirituality and God.
Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison, later compared the Beatle to Obi-Wan Kenobi, before noting that his track, That Which I Have Lost, was “a lot like Star Wars”.