Mark Hamill "Fundamentally Disagrees" With Luke Skywalker's Portrayal in 'The Last Jedi'

Friday, 26 May 2017 - 10:56AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Friday, 26 May 2017 - 10:56AM
Mark Hamill "Fundamentally Disagrees" With Luke Skywalker's Portrayal in 'The Last Jedi'
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Poor Mark Hamill. It sounds like the filming of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was probably a pretty disheartening experience for him.

Imagine the scenario: Hamill has had thirty years to prepare for returning to his most famous role. Every sci-fi convention he attended, every Batman voiceover gig he worked, always, in the back of his mind, was the notion that one day, when the time was right, he'd become Luke Skywalker again. As early as filming for The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas has been talking about this movie with Mark.

Then, finally, it happens. By this time good old George has sold the franchise, and a new, young director named Rian Johnson has a script for Mark that shows him what will happen next to the character that has defined his entire life. Mark reads on, excitedly, and quietly, his head droops. This is not the movie he's been dreaming about for all these years. This is not the Luke Skywalker he wants to be.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Hamill has, in no uncertain terms, stated that he's not in favor of Rian Johnson's story:

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"I at one point had to say to Rian, 'I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you've made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you've created and do my best to realize your vision.'"
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Ouch. Whatever Luke Skywalker gets up to in Episode VIII, Mark Hamill is not on board with it. Sure, he's being professional about the whole thing and doing his best to keep the movie's secrets, but it's clear that he, like many longtime Star Wars fans, had always imagined that Luke would be a little different than he appears in the first trailer for The Last Jedi.

There's been rumors bouncing around since before The Force Awakens debuted that Luke might turn to the Dark Side (spread not least by Hamill himself, although this seems like the actor having fun more than a serious suggestion), but based on the footage we've seen, it seems like this version of the character isn't evil, so much as he is tired. Speaking about how the Jedi should end, this new Luke is a far cry from the heroic savior of the galaxy that appears in the Legends canon that Disney has swept aside.

If you were hoping for a powerful, wise, benevolent hero, you might want to steel yourself for the possibility that, like Mark Hamill, you won't like what you see.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi hits US theaters on December 15th, 2017.
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