Hollywood star Mark Hamill teamed up with a British bionics company to send a positive message to children and adults with limb differences around the world.
The actor, whose Star Wars character Luke Skywalker lost a hand in an epic lightsaber battle with nemesis Darth Vader, shared the message on social media on Monday.
The video was posted to both YouTube and Twitter.
Watch the video here.
Hamill says in the video:
“Now kids, be yourself. You can do anything. There are no barriers you can’t break, no challenges you can’t overcome.”
“Remember, Luke lost his hand to Vader, but that didn’t stop him from defeating the Empire.”
“So have courage, be determined, and always remember that your limb difference is your very own superpower. And may The Force be with you all.”
The message has been viewed thousands of times on Twitter and YouTube.
Mark Hamill, the actor behind the iconic role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, has a special message for kids with limb differences all around the world. Thanks @HamillHimself! https://t.co/0CNsSCi60H pic.twitter.com/QgS8ilEtWF
— Open Bionics (@openbionics) November 19, 2018
One Twitter user wrote:
“What a fantastic message and from a brilliant influential figure, who was dealing with a character with a prosthetic limb before it was even technically possible! Such a positive force!”
What a fantastic message and from a brilliant influential figure, who was dealing with a character with a prosthetic limb before it was even technically possible! Such a positive force!#prosthetics #StarWars
— Rob Currie #VR #AR #MR (@ImmersiveRobC) November 19, 2018
“This proves that Mr. @HamillHimself is just as much of a hero offscreen as he is on!”
“Thanks for this sweet message to the super Younglings that get to be like the one and only #LukeSkywalker.”
Yes mate! pic.twitter.com/0Bv5zShUC9
— Verity McIntosh (@veritymcintosh) November 19, 2018
I’ve always found that scene very satisfying
— riley???????? (@MRiJax) November 19, 2018
I just love this guy, could not have asked for a better hero growing up that proves to be a real one everyday. pic.twitter.com/XrndHprPO0
— John link (@LordAsphyxious) November 19, 2018
Thank you Mark for doing this. Open Bionics is truly one of the great innovators of today, bringing real technology to make people’s lives better. I’m sure Luke’s hand was OB (regardless of how far away that galaxy is)
— Forrest Rush (@ray64hh) November 19, 2018
Always a hero. You for your kindness and the children for their courage. Bless you all.
— Erica B. (@SaneDaysFan) November 19, 2018
What a beautiful message from such a beautiful man ❤️ loved it ☺️ And, I really admire that all of you use your knowledge in technology for making people’s lives better, great job ????
— Barbie Bustamante (@domokun_01) November 20, 2018
Yeah, it really is.
— Marlene Rådman (@radman_marlene) November 19, 2018
Mark Hamill continues to be the hero we need.
— Michael GG (@mgganimal) November 19, 2018
Thank you for making these innovations possible!!! And thank you to Mark Hamill for encouraging all who may need to make use of them now or in the future!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????????????❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
— Amy Stacy (@AmylStacy) November 19, 2018
This is pretty cool, and it means a lot to me as my sister was born with paralysis in her right hand due to oxygen deprivation. She still has a chicken wing hand that might one day be possible for her to replace. She’s happy with herself though, so we aren’t pushing her to change
— David Hendel (@DavidHendel) November 19, 2018
Top man ! That is such an inspirational, positive message and one which will resonate with children around the world and anyone who feels a little “different” to their peers. Well done @HamillHimself and @openbionics
— SEO Craig Handley (@cghandley) November 19, 2018
One of the most genuine people on this planet. God bless @HamillHimself
— Bill (@CultTVGuy) November 19, 2018
One YouTube user wrote:
“I am a 37 year old man and I have a 6 year old daughter with a limb difference. Thank you Mark.”
Open Bionics makes custom-built prosthetic limbs, or “hero arms”, for children and adults which are controlled by the user’s muscles.
A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.