Mark Hamill Casts the Candidates as Star Wars Characters

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There’s a little less than a month until voters finally cast a ballot on November 6th. Which means there’s still time to just reflect on the latest ephemeral Election 2012 news starring Obama, Biden, and Romney. Today, they get a Star Wars comparison from none other than Luke Skywalker himself.

On Wednesday, Mark Hamill, aka the Original Trilogy’s heroic Jedi-in-training, appeared on Current TV’s Young Turks and had a joking conversation with Cenk Uygur where he compared a few bold-faced politicos to characters in George Lucas’s universe. Sure, there’s the automatic late-night comedy punchline (see: the Cheney-Vader cliché), but Hamill otherwise delivered a few fun answers:

  • Dick Cheney = Darth Vader. “I don’t think it’s fair to compare Dick Cheney to Darth Vader–it’s unfair to Vader,” he joked. “Because Vader was redeemed, he saw the evil of his ways and redeemed himself.”
  • Barack Obama = Obi Wan Kenobi. “Well he’s very wise…he’s probably a cross between Obi Wan and Yoda,” he said. “I so revere him, I’m going to have to go with the Sir Alec Guinness character of Obi Wan.”
  • Joe Biden = Uncle Owen. “Probably Uncle Owen,” he said. “[He] was my surrogate father when you first saw me on the farm. He was supportive, he was a little surly, but certainly somebody that you felt comfortable with and was very supportive.”

Obama as the heroic cross between Yoda and Obi Wan! Joe Biden as, uh, the bit character of Luke’s uncle from Tatooine! Maybe we’d have to reconsider after Biden’s powerful debate performance Thursday night. But in keeping with the 2012 theme, notably absent is Mitt Romney’s comparison to a character in the beloved sci-fi universe. Politico has hypothesized about why that could be: Hamill has previously commented that the Republican is “not actually human.” So, perhaps as a Star Wars character, Romney could be, say, a droid? Or is that too obvious?

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