Jeff Jensen
February 06, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Jedi Knight makes his directorial debut with Comic Book: The Movie (PG-13, 107 mins., 2004, Buena Vista), an improvised mockumentary shot at the 2002 San Diego comic-book convention. Hamill, 52, also stars as Don Swan, a middle-aged fanboy way too knowledgeable about funny books. Kinda like himself.

Those who know their ”mint” from ”near mint” should find your film painfully familiar.

Hopefully we’ve put a new spin on fandom.

But even the Comic-Con had concerns.

I know! They wanted script approval. They said, ”We don’t want it to be snarky, like Trekkies.”

Your character meets F/X legend Ray Harryhausen, and marvels at how many people revere him.

Ironic? People get the wrong idea. They say, ”I know you don’t want to talk about Star Wars.” It’s tough to not insult the property, but not use it as your calling card.

Was it difficult avoiding Star Wars fans?

That’s part of the reason I had the beard! I said, ”Call me Mark or Luke, I can’t use the footage. Call me Don, you can be a star.”

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