Mark Hamill stops traffic with Hollywood star

Hundreds gathered in Hollywood to watch Star Wars actor Mark Hamill get his Walk of Fame star, causing Hollywood Boulevard to be temporarily shut down.

UNITED STATES (REUTERS) - Hollywood Boulevard, also known as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was shut down temporarily on Thursday (March 8) when fans gathered outside the El Capitan Theatre to see Star Wars' protagonist Mark Hamill get his own star.

Hamill, best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the ongoing franchise, received the 2,630th star and in Star Wars style, he was joined at the ceremony by the franchise's creator George Lucas, his co-star Harrison Ford as well as the droid R2D2 and two Stormtroopers.

Ford paid homage to the late Carrie Fisher in his speech before honoring his Star Wars co-star and embracing him on stage.

Lucas also celebrated Hamill on stage but towards the end of his speech he hit a wistful tone, saying, "I mean, for us it's kind of getting toward the end of the road. We're talking about the beginning of the road and this is sort of capping the whole experience in between, so that's all I can say."

Hamill, who joked on stage that he had not been this speechless since Star Wars: The Force Awakens where he did not appear until the final shot, spoke to Reuters after the unveiling and said he was not going to let the experience go to his head.

"Oh you put it in perspective, you know," he said.

"Within two hours, I'll be home with my wife telling me to pick up my dirty clothes and to take the trash out to the curb. It's all relative and it's so nice and I really appreciate it but you've got to make sure it doesn't change who you are and it doesn't change who I am. I got it mostly because I hung around long enough. Who knows?"

He also addressed the fact that out of the three original leads in Star Wars, the late Carrie Fisher is the only one not to have a star on the Walk of Fame.

"I was surprised to find out she didn't. I'm sure she will. I'll be the first in line to be at her ceremony. I don't know if it's being arranged now but I can't imagine it not happening. I look forward to that day. She deserves one," he said.