On Twitter, actor Mark Hamill has been going by the handle @HamillHimself for a very long time now.
Someone else had managed to snap @MarkHamill before he did, which was frustrating, especially considering the other person did not use their account… at all. However, there has been a recent influx of people making fake pages and impersonating the real Mark Hamill, due to the confusion surrounding the usernames.
Fortunately, it looks like Twitter has decided to set matters straight and remind everyone that there is only one Mark Hamill that fans need to concern themselves with: the “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill.
Mark Hamill Celebrates Being Able To Claim His Name On Twitter: ‘Finally!’
After almost 10 years as @HamillHimself-@Twitter has finally allowed my account to use my own name. Welcome to @MarkHamill & I hope there’s no confusion or nostalgia for the loss of alliteration or any questions about why I don’t also use my middle name: Richard.
💖, Mar🐫 pic.twitter.com/TYuj4TKyMG
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) March 19, 2022
The prolific voice actor first joined Twitter in May 2011 and is just shy of having five million Twitter followers. His bio reads, “Believe in yourself! Work hard, never give up & anything’s possible! OR: Kick back, relax & aim low: You’ll never be disappointed… I IGNORE ALL DMs!”
On Saturday afternoon, Hamill took to Twitter to share the good news with his fans.
“After almost 10 years as @HamillHimself- @Twitter has finally allowed my account to use my own name,” he tweeted. “Welcome to @MarkHamill & I hope there’s no confusion or nostalgia for the loss of alliteration or any questions about why I don’t also use my middle name: Richard.”
Many fans took to the comments to share their support and love for the actor, although others couldn’t help but notice that there were still old fakes like @HamillHimself8 popping up, using Mark’s old profile picture.
Fans Are Glad Mark Hamill Got His Name Back!
I’ve known you as Luke for most of my life. But following you here over the years has shown me what a wonderful human being Mark is. Thank you for sharing so many powerful thoughts with us! It takes much more than a lightsaber the be a true Jedi!
— Jovem Nerd (@jovemnerd) March 19, 2022
“I’ve known you as Luke for most of my life. But following you here over the years has shown me what a wonderful human being Mark is,” a user name Jovem wrote. “Thank you for sharing so many powerful thoughts with us! It takes much more than a lightsaber the be a true Jedi!”
“Much appreciated, Jovem,” Hamill responded. “I try.”
“How did you get it? Did the other @MarkHamill have to expire?” another asked. “Genuinely, interested.”
Hamill replied, “Twitter took it away from whoever was using it because that wasn’t their real name.”
“I wonder how it took 10 years..? Or however many years for the process to get going…” another ventured.
Someone else asked, “They wouldn’t let you use your name?!” To which Hamill replied, “when I joined, someone else was already using @MarkHamill.”
Famous Friends Join In On The Fun!
Greg Miller commented, “Prove it’s really you.” Hamill replied, “My dad jokes will continue. Does that count as proof?”
The Peter Mayhew Foundation, run by the family of the late Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, tweeted, “If it helps, we were confused even before the change.” Mark just responded with a laughing face emoji.
“Modern Family” producer Danny Zuker commented, “Can I have @Hamillhimself since you’re not using it?” Hamill replied, “Be my guest, Danny… it’s all YOURS.”
Political leader Jon Cooper tweeted, “I love you WHATEVER your Twitter handle is, Mark! Please just never change who you are. You’ve always been — and will always be — the BEST!!”
Hamill replied, “Many thanks, Jon. And keep fighting the good fight, it much appreciated & much needed.” He later corrected himself to “’it’s much appreciated.”
Mark Hamill Continues To Prove He’s The BEST Celebrity By Responding To Fans
“What’s gonna happen to all the times you shamelessly plugged your Twitter handle in interviews?” another fan asked.
“I promise the shamelessness will continue,” Hamill replied.
“This has got to be the best day ever for you,” another joked.
“My children being born are a close second,” Hamill quipped.
“I like your middle name,” wrote Treat Williams. “My first name is Richard. I feel that much closer.”
“Now we all need to know how you became a Treat!” Hamill replied.
“Apparently I’m related to Robert Treat Paine who signed the Declaration of Independence,” he replied. “I am of course the black sheep as he despised actors.”
“Fascinating background story, but I’m still envious that millions of children don’t involve MY name on a regular basis every Halloween,” Hamill joked.
“I’ve known you as Luke, Joker, and also Buzz Buzzard,” said another. I hope one day to meet you in person to thank you properly for the joys given to me both here with your posts and for all your work that I was able to follow. May the force be with you, always, and a big hug!”
“Messages like this one makes it all worthwhile, William!” Hamill replied.
“I’m so confused right now…” said another fan.
“We all are,” Hamill replied.