While Hamill couldn’t remember how the accident occurred, he knew for certain what happened next. Soon afterwards, the actor woke up in hospital to find that he’d fractured his nose and cheekbone. “Someone held a mirror up to my face and I just felt that my career was over,” he revealed.
At the time of the accident, Hamill’s co-star Carrie Fisher was still filming scenes for Star Wars. “It was a really bad accident,” she remembered years later on the 2011 Blu-Ray commentary for The Empire Strikes Back. “Miraculously his teeth didn’t shatter. But his nose did.”
With a body double standing in for his absence on set, Hamill remained in hospital. Due to the severity of the actor’s injuries, doctors had to repair the rising star’s nose using cartilage from his ear. And though the surgery restored his features, it still left noticeable scars.