Star Wars’ Mark Hamill Praises ‘Joe-B-Wan Kenobi’ After White House Meeting | Marcos Hamill

“You will never find a more miserable hive of scum and villainy.” But enough about Washington. Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who once chased out gangsters at a fictional spaceport, arrived in the US capital on Friday to meet Joe Biden.

Why he was in the Oval Office and what was being talked about remained a mystery. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Biden was ranking high in opinion polls, but now, perhaps, he needs more star power.

The surprise appearance of the man who played Luke Skywalker excited Star Wars fans among the White House press corps, while leaving non-fans somewhat bewildered or bewildered.

“How many of you had ‘Mark Hamill will conduct the press conference’ in your hands on your bingo card?” the actor, dressed in a dark suit, blue tie and sunglasses, asked reporters at the beginning of a press conference. “Yeah, me neither. I just met the president and he gave me these aviator glasses.”

Hamill, 72, then pocketed the glasses and joked, “I love the merchandise.”

Hamill, who has more than 5 million followers on Xwhere he is a scathing critic of Biden’s election rival Donald Trump, said he was “honored” to be invited to meet with “the most legislatively successful president in my lifetime,” and reeled off a list of Biden’s accomplishments.

The actor told reporters that “this just shows that one person can be so influential and so positive in our lives” and said he would welcome questions, “although no questions about Star Wars, please.”

When asked about the meeting in the Oval Office, Hamill said: “I only expected to be there for five minutes. He showed us all the photographs of him.

“It was really surprising to me because I was invited to the Carter White House and I came. And then I came to the Obama White House, but I was never invited to the Oval Office and it was a big meeting. So this one was really very special.”

In the original box office hit Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), Hamill played farmer Luke learning Jedi mind tricks from Obi-Wan Kenobi, an elderly Jedi master who has seen better days. On Friday he apparently resumed the role of 81-year-old Biden’s young apprentice.

“I called him ‘Mr. President.’ He said, ‘You can call me Joe.’ I said, ‘Can I call you Joe-B-Wan Kenobi?’ “He liked that.”

Hamill left the podium to shouts and applause from some dazzled reporters. The first question to the press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, began: “May the Force be with you.” She responded: “May the Force be with you or tomorrow the 4th be with you, however you want to see it.”

One reporter said, “Hopefully we’re done with the Star Wars jokes for the rest of the briefing.”

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Jean-Pierre: “I doubt it. I feel like there is more to come.”

And he was later asked why Hamill, who has never held elected office, was in the Oval Office. CBS News’ Weijia Jiang pointedly asked, “What was Mark Hamill doing here today?”

Laughing, Jean-Pierre replied: “Didn’t you like having him here? …Mark Hamill was in town. They first met. I think he was important as someone – you all know Mark Hamill. He is someone who is very committed to our country, very committed to the direction of this country.”

As Jiang confessed his lack of familiarity with the movies, Jean-Pierre wondered, “You don’t like Star Wars? Haven’t you seen Star Wars?

Jiang promised, “I’ll do it now!” while some in the room groaned.

Hamill is one of numerous Hollywood stars the Biden campaign could try to deploy ahead of the presidential election now six months away. On Thursday, actor and director Robert De Niro spoke out against Trump and urged Biden to “continue the fight” against him and “hit him hard.”

Interviewed by Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC’s The 11th Hour, De Niro warned: “That guy is a monster. He is more than wrong. He’s almost like he wants to do the most horrible things he can think of to make us angry. I don’t know what he is, but he’s been doing it and doing it, and he’s fucking scary.”