ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

Reports have recently come to light that Star Wars and Batman: TAS alum Mark Hamill recently found his lack of balance very disturbing after nearly toppling to his death whilst filming Episode VIII on a remote Irish island.

Hamill was bravely treading the 600-odd steps of Skellig Michael, a 6th Century UNESCO World Heritage site off the coast of County Kerry in West Ireland, which over the last few years had claimed the lives of two American tourists in 2009.

Sky-walking here can be treacherous...
Sky-walking here can be treacherous...

UK tabloid The Mirror reports that an eyewitness saw the icon slip, and if it wasn't for the swift reactions of the Irish Office of Public Works guide who caught 63-year-old Hamill as he fell, we may have lost another legend way before their time.

After the deaths of the two tourists, a safety review into safeguarding the slippery and uneven stone steps of Skellig Michael was called into action. The review deemed that attaching safety railings to the archaic stairwell would tarnish the iconic aesthetics of the site of the ancient Christian monastery, so chains were attached to the site where the unfortunate pair perished.

The Mirror also reports that Lucasfilm's producers has raised concerns regarding their very bad feelings with filming on the island, especially towards Hamill's agility, in notes which read:

Our lead actor is in his 60s and less agile than most.

The event occurred weeks after Harrison Ford's unfortunate mishap on The Force Awaken's Pinewood Studios set, where an incident with an hydraulic door ended with 71 year old Ford breaking his ankle and being airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Check out the still healthy Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it flies into cinemas December 18th, 2015.


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