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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been decades since The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters. It stands as perhaps the best received Star Wars film to date, but that’s not to say it was devoid of problems.

Taking to Twitter, actor Mark Hamill expressed his discontentment over one scene in particular. Fans will recall early on in the film when Luke was attacked by the Wampa creature. He wakes up in his icy cave with his feet frozen to the ceiling. Luke frees himself, but not without getting noticed by the Wampa. When the Wampa reaches out to grab Luke, Luke swings his lightsaber, cutting off the Wampa’s arm.

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According to Hamill, that wasn’t the scene he was pitched on set.

“When filming scene I was assured my lightsaber swipe toward camera (creature not on set) would simply singe fur 2 scare him off-Horrified to later see amputation & unnecessary cruelty-Wampa was HUNGRY (not EVIL)-Luke would never do this! #StillAngry2017”

Honestly, this is something that’s never crossed my mind. In all my years, I never thought about the fact that this was Luke killing an innocent creature. Sure the creature was about to eat him, but at the end of the day, it was more of an instinctual thing than one of malice.

This brings forth the question: would a pure Jedi actually kill an animal like that? One could argue that he wasn’t even a Jedi by that point, and therefore his code of honor wasn’t firmly established, but we can definitely see it from Hamill’s perspective.

What are your thoughts?

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SOURCE: Mark Hamill

  • Moby85

    If we’re gonna go full nerd here. 1.) It was in self-defence 2.) lightsabers cauterize wounds. The Wampa probably lived, yes, amputated. But forget the speculation over a creature that doesn’t exist. Did Luke pull a Sith or “Dark side” move? No, again I defer to #1. His response was justified and in self-defence. He could have sliced it in half.

  • Mad Barchetta

    From a character standpoint, Luke was disoriented, possibly suffering from shock, crapping his pants with fear, and an untrained non-Jedi hanging upside down. Perhaps we can look at it as being thankful he didn’t accidentally decapitate the thing.

    And, I watched Obi-wan and Anakin both maim and kill beasties in the colosseum during the finale of Attack of the Clones. So, seems like Jedi aren’t necessarily against pissing off PETA to save their skins.

  • Victor Roa

    trying to imagine hamill’s voice saying that, and his arms waving around….. let him have what he wants, he’s just one nerd on his own little rant. Kinda would agree with him but Empire Luke isn’t even nice to Yoda or R2 he’s a bit more selfish jerk.

  • Jason Tyler

    mark hamil isn’t being serious. if you followed him, you would know this. what a waste of internet space

  • Ryan Fink

    Yes, this is Hamill having fun. But even if seriously debating this point, the Wampa isn’t “innocent”. It hunted down and killed Luke’s tautaun and was planning to finish off Luke next. It’s self defense. He didn’t just walk into a Wampa cave and take sabre to arm.
    Wampa had it coming!

    • Lenin1959

      So you counter a #WampaLivesMatter with a #TaunTaunLivesMatter? I feel a twitter war coming up… And yes, Hamill is just trolling his fans a bit and I think it IS funny.

  • Jesus’s Best Friend Floyd

    Luke would have sliced and diced and eaten the fucker.

  • Sy Burr

    I hope this isn’t why Luke became a hermit…Wampa guilt is a serious syndrome.

  • jonathing

    and thats why luke started a Wampa sanctuary so please send donations to lrm who will pass on the money to skywalker Wampa sanctuary

  • Smerdyakov

    Don’t be a pussy, Mark.

  • Kronx

    Since when is a Wampa an innocent animal?

    Wampa seem to have some degree of intelligence. It didn’t kill Luke, opting to freeze him upside down and wait until he woke up to try and kill him. To me that puts him in the range of a slightly dumber Leatherface or at least a smarter bear.

    Regardless, when anything is trying to kill you, it’s okay to kill it and survive. That’s how life has worked since the beginning.

    The only mistake Luke made was not skinning it and wearing its fur for protection in the cold.

  • Cincinasty

    Huh. So I guess we won’t be seeing Skywalker roaming Skellig Michael, casually kicking porgs into the ocean. Got it.

  • TheOct8pus

    Oh man….you’re making me reference the prequels….

    In Attack of the Clones, Obi Wan chops the legs off one of the beasts in the arenas. He was a full blown Jedi master at the time, so I guess maiming animals is fine in Jedi society

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  • Momitchell

    That’s about the dumbest thing I’ve read in a while…

  • Rad4Cap

    “innocent creature”

    What EXACTLY would make a creature “guilty” as opposed to “innocent”?

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.