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Brian Niemietz

Mark Hamill’s decadelong battle to secure Twitter account in his name finally pays off

He blew up the Death Star in an instant, but it took nearly a decade to get a verified Twitter account in his own name.

Mark Hamill, famous for playing “Star Wars” hero Luke Skywalker, celebrated securing the handle @MarkHamill over the weekend.

“After almost 10 years as @HamillHimself-@Twitter has finally allowed my account to use my own name,” he said Saturday. “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.”

Hamill’s very popular account may have a new name, but he was able to carry over his nearly 5 million followers, including “Modern Family” producer Danny Zuker, who asked if he could use the 70-year-old actor’s old account name.

“Be my guest, Danny,” Hamill said. “It’s all YOURS.”

Another follower asked Hamill to explain the long saga that led to his reclaiming his name. According to Hamill, when he joined Twitter in May 2011, someone not named Mark Hamill was already using his name.

“Twitter took it away from whoever was using it because that wasn’t their real name,” he claimed.

In addition to chatting about “Star Wars” with fans in cyberspace, Hamill uses his Twitter feed to sarcastically share his thoughts on people and events in politics. In recent weeks, he’s celebrated Ukraine’s resilience in defending itself against Russian president Vladimir Putin, whom he seems to see as the emperor of The Dark Side.

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