- Mark is a huge fan of comic
- He collects comic books, model
cereal boxes ("I'm a cereal fanatic, but I'm not going
to pay $700 for
a Snagglepuss Cocoa Krispies box").
- From early on in Mark's career,
given time and talent to work with various charitable
Many of them are directly related to children or issues
- Mark worked for free on
- He admires the works of Stan
Hitchcock and Ray Harryhausen.
- Though in the "Star Wars"
trilogy he shoots
a pistol and swings a light saber right-handed, he eats
- He did all his own stunts in
Strikes Back" (1980), except in the scene in Cloud city
where he is
sucked out of a window.
- He also did all his own stunts
of the Jedi" (1983), except two places: where "Luke
off the plank into the Sarlaac, turns, and flips back
onto the plank
and on the Death Star when Vader throws his saber at the
- For months, Mark was literally
human actor on call for the scenes on Dagobah in "The
Back". He had to act with a puppet, a robot, and an
lizards and snakes (one of which bit him).
- He kept his Luke Skywalker
boots, from the
first "Star Wars" movie. When the movie was re-released
to theaters in
the late 1990s, his son asked if he could wear the boots
to a showing.
Mark said no, telling him he didn't think the boy would
alive" if fans knew his boots were the originals.
- He also kept the Stormtrooper
wore in the first "Star Wars" movie.
- "You know how there are some
who know how to market themselves? I don't have that."
- "I never saw myself so much as
an actor. I
wanted to be a cartoonist like Charles M. Schulz and
create my own
world and be able to have a studio at home and not
commute and be able
to be with my family. I just didn't have the skills to
pull that off
and so I've gravitated toward theater because I like all
- "You know where [the pride]
not so much from the industry ... but the 9-year-old kid
who looks at
you like a cross between Superman and Santa Claus. And
you'd have to be
a really, really hardened cynic not to be moved by that.
Not only that,
but just doing the interviews for this animation series,
I can't tell
you how many people have said, 'I got into the business
because of that
movie.' ... I totally understand that because I remember
walking out of
'Jason and the Argonauts' (1963) and saying, 'I don't
know how they got
those skeletons to fight, but someday I want that to be
my job. To make
- "I have a sneaking suspicion
that if there
were a way to make movies without actors, George (Lucas)
would do it."
- "If I were to talk to George
and I will - I'd say to him, 'One of the greatest
advantages that the
earlier pictures had, which the new picture [The Phantom
not have, was a voice of skepticism. We had someone in
Force, are you kidding me? I'm just here for the money."
serious. I mean, sheesh! Lighten up!"
- "You don't want to be some
old guy shuffling around in his slippers going, 'Yeah, I
used to have
Force. The Force was with me, dang it!'" [on watching