Mark Hamill has said he still believes a deleted scene from the first Star Wars film, A New Hope, would have had a significant impact on Luke Skywalker's character.

The 68-year-old actor admits he felt pretty strongly about his character's original introduction scene being cut from the classic 1977 movie.

Speaking about the importance of the scene, the Star Wars icon told the Pizza Film School podcast: ''There are a couple of things that are good for the character.

"No. 1, he is ridiculed roundly by his peers. So he's not particularly cool or popular."

''Koo Stark is the only other female actor in the movie ... and she calls me 'Wormie.' So I am not popular, and then I bump into Biggs Darklighter, played by Garrick Hagon, and I go 'Wow!'

''You can see we're good friends. He's dressed in an Imperial uniform and I'm going, 'Wow! That's so great! I can't wait until I can get off the dump of a planet and join with you.'

''And he takes me outside and says, 'Luke, as soon as I get the chance, I am going to jump ship and join the Rebels.' ''

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Hamill, who played a Tatooine farmboy who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the greatest Jedi the galaxy has ever known in the hit series, reckons this would have added more depth to the character.

He explained: ''The only reason that is interesting to me is that Luke has no political persuasion. He thinks it's great he is in the Empire!

''Luke wants to be in the Empire if it will get him off the farm! So he is completely pure in that he is not politically motivated in any way, shape or form.''

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