MARK HAMILL TALKS FAKE AUTOGRAPHS WITH BBC'S RIP OFF BRITAIN
Mark Hamill continued his fight against autograph forgeries in an interview with BBC One's Rip Off Britain. The interview features a still-bearded Hamill explaining the business of selling fake autographs to host Angela Rippon. "There are people out there...because it's a lucrative business, that are going to take advantage of fans."
"It just break your heart." Hamill tells Rippon. "The rate of fake autographs is in the 50-90 percentile."
Hamill's public crusade against fake autographs gained world-wide attention late last December when he took to Twitter to let collectors and fans know if they had his authentic autograph. Hamill explained how people sent him photographs of his signature for him to verify. "It's like homework, to sit down and go through 30, 40, 50 of these things and sometimes they're really close calls. It doesn't bring me any pleasure to disappoint someone and say 'That's a fake'."
His actions on Twitter led to California Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang introducing Assembly Bill 1570 in January, which sought to ammend the Civil Code as it pertained to collectibles, including increasing penalties to those selling fake autographs. The bill was recently passed by California Governor Jerry Brown.
Hamill's outlook on the selling of fake autographs remains grim. "It's just so pervasive...there are more fake autographs than there are real ones."