Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has attacked the sci-fi franchise's mastermind George Lucas for ignoring him, describing the director as a "sad" man who "just doesn't get it".

Hamill gained worldwide fame as Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy - released between 1977 and 1983 - but while saw co-stars including Harrison Ford went on to become superstars, he appeared in a string of flops.

And the 52-year-old blames his withering career on Lucas' decision not to cast him in any of his other movies.

Hamill says, "George is very unemotional. He is not someone who says, 'Hey, let's get together and have a barbecue to salute the old talent.' I never hear from any of them.

"I loved all those people, but have not seen them in years. George could have made it happen, if he wanted to."

And Hamill isn't a fan of Lucas' current Star Wars prequels either - of which THE PHANTOM MENACE and ATTACK OF THE CLONES have so far been released.

He blasts, "My message to him is, 'Get out more, pal. You are surrounded by an army of sycophants who say that, even when you blow your nose, you are brilliant.'

"How sad is that? It's not as if he's making Ten Commandments, Part Two.

"Everything in his new Star Wars movies seems so important now. Ours were much funnier. I am not speaking out of school here, but he just doesn't get it. He thinks some of this new stuff is funny."

21/06/2004 15:02