A viral video of a canine’s frightened response to seeing Darth Vader on display for the primary time has prompted a response from Star Wars actor Mark Hamill.
The favored video exhibits a canine named Ellie watching an early scene from the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope that exhibits the villainous Darth Vader rising from a cloud of smoke. Ellie seems to be relaxed and sitting on a sofa instantly earlier than Vader’s introduction. When Vader seems, the canine visibly reacts and slowly strikes off the sofa. By the top of the 26-second clip she is seen cowering whereas peeking from behind the sofa as ominous music from the movie performs.
“Good canine,” tweeted Hamill, who—spoiler alert—performs Vader’s son Luke Skywalker within the movie. “I solely want I might considered hiding behind the sofa once I first met him.”
The clip was initially shared by TikTok person @rustymetalcreation and had amassed properly over Three million views on the platform as of Thursday evening. An early model of the video that included background music was posted on Sunday and had over 870,000 views. A model with the unique audio was uploaded on Tuesday and gained 3.1 million further views. Different movies on the channel establish the canine’s identify as Ellie, with one displaying her shocked response to a video of horses.
Hamill responded to a model of the video that was shared to Twitter and certain miscaptioned “Good boy is seeing Darth Vader for the primary time,” which had itself gathered at the least 3.2 million views. A number of different notable figures additionally reacted to the video on Twitter.
Actress Holly Robinson Peete commented “That Vader smoke,” whereas musician Richard Marx merely tweeted “Sweetheart!” Former Main League Baseball participant Jerry Hairston, Jr. echoed Hamill’s response by tweeting “Good Canine!”
The scene in query was the first-ever look of Vader, who was initially performed by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones. The character would go on to function in six further movies, whereas being referenced in others and showing in a number of further kinds of Star Wars media, changing into probably the most recognizable villains within the historical past of popular culture.
Hamill has 4.6 million followers on Twitter and feedback on Star Wars-related content material steadily, usually with tongue-in-cheek responses. His tweet previous to the canine response shared a New York Occasions article a few mysterious subatomic particle that apparently impacts the “nature and evolution of the universe” whereas being “influenced by types of matter and power that aren’t but identified to science.”
“Proof is mounting that The Pressure has been with us… ALWAYS,” tweeted Hamill.
Newsweek reached out to Hamill’s consultant for remark.