Mark Hamill Clarifies his Disagreement with 'The Last Jedi' Portrayal of Luke
While nearly everyone's excited for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to come out this December, Mark Hamill made some headlines last month suggesting otherwise. Specifically, he claimed he "fundamentally disagrees" with everything director Rian Johnson is doing with his character, Luke Skywalker.
Now Hamill is walking back that claim, saying he didn't mean for it to come off so harshly and that he still had an amazing time filming The Last Jedi. Speaking to Variety at the Tony Awards, he first gave a brief and heartfelt statement about Adam West's passing, before the interviewer asked him about the upcoming Star Wars film - Hamill said the following:
While we've never met Hamill personally, he often comes off as a really friendly guy in his public appearances, so it makes sense that he didn't want to disparage Johnson or his vision for Luke. And beyond that, Luke Skywalker himself being unhappy with the film wouldn't be a good look for Star Wars, so Lucasfilm and Hamill both are likely happy that he got a chance to clarify his statements.
As for what about Johnson's plans for Luke surprised Hamill, both the recent trailer and some recent comments from Hamill suggest that the galaxy's last Jedi may be flirting with the Dark Side. Or at least, he disapproves of the whole concept of Jedis, as the teaser trailer ominously ended with Luke Skywalker saying "It's time for the Jedi to end." While a franchise like Star Wars isn't likely to make Luke a villain necessarily, having Luke turn into his father is something the series has hinted at since Empire Strikes Back, so it's possible.
Either way, whatever happens in the movie, Hamill's onboard with it now. Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15, 2017.