Mark Hamill who played Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is a warrior in real life as well. Rather than attending a promo for the blockbuster movie, he instead opted to visit sick children in a hospital.
The actor was conspicuously absent on The Graham Norton Show where he was supposed to make an appearance with co-stars Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. The reason for his disappearance was his much-needed appearance at London’s famous Great Ormond Street Hospital. The 64-year old actor was quite moved as he met the hospital’s patients and staff and formed a bond with some of its pint-sized occupants.
As expected, the Star Wars fans loved his act of goodness. One Twitter user claimed his visit to the hospital to help boost up ailing kids made her cry.
This is not the first incident where the philanthropist has taken out time for people in need. Earlier this month, the actor dressed up as a Stormtrooper to raise funds for the Omaze charity which was giving away a trip to the premiere of Star Wars 7. Soon after that, Hamill visited the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles as a part of the Star Wars Force for Change initiative.
“One of the greatest things I am given because of the profession I am in is the ability to give back. It feels wonderful,” the actor said. “It can be harrowing emotionally because your heart goes out to these children but it’s also very uplifting. You walk away thinking being an actor is so trivial compared to helping needy children.”