Upon its release, Star Wars proved to be a genre-defining success. In its first year alone, the sci-fi film grossed an incredible $220 million. Indeed, to this day the film remains one of the highest earning movies of all time with a gross of $1.6 billion, adjusted for inflation.
Despite being dealt a huge blow by the accident, Hamill’s career perhaps received a boost from this exposure. On the back of his box office success, the actor starred in Corvette Summer the following year. Meanwhile, his recently roughened features made him a perfect fit for 1980’s gritty war film The Big Red One.