Mark Hamill sells signed Star Wars items for the first time in years to raise money for Ukraine

Mark Hamill has been best known as Luke Skywalker since the original Star Wars was released in 1977, and he has never shied away from the fandom. Besides attending conventions, the actor is also very active on social media and regularly shares hilarious jokes about the franchise and posts interesting behind-the-scenes information. However, it’s been a while since Hamill sold Star Wars memorabilia. In a new interview with Politicsthe actor revealed that he will be selling autographed posters to raise money for the Ukrainian army’s drone stockpile during their ongoing war against Russia.

“We decided to sign Star Wars posters, a limited number,” Hamill explains. “For real hardcore collectors – especially those with disposable income – you can get a lot more money … than you might think.” It’s currently unclear how many posters will be for sale, but Hamill said the idea of ​​”letting hundreds and thousands of people in [a competition or auction]that’s smart.”

Hamill revealed that he has not sold any signed items since Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released in 2017. “It’s just not something I do,” he explained. The actor said he is happy to sell some items to support Ukraine, whose fight against Russia is “downright inspiring”.

Hamill explained that he learned one thing from his time making Star Wars movies is doing the “right thing for the good of everyone, rather than just being about self-interest.” However, he made it clear that comparing the fictional universe to the war in real life should not downplay “the true horrors faced by Ukrainians”. He clarified, “One is really a children’s fairy tale, that’s what Star Wars was originally. And the reality, the stark reality of what’s going on in Ukraine, is gripping.”

Politics has revealed that poster sales will begin next week, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine. The money raised from the sale will go to the Ukrainian fundraising platform United24. Hamill added that he is “excited” that the fundraising project has become a “huge, global event”. He added, “Anything I can do, no matter how small it is, is something I feel obligated to do.”

“The light will triumph over the darkness. I believe in this, our people believe in this,” President Volodymyr Zelensky told Hamill last year during a video call. You can read more about United24 here.

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