Not too long ago during the mammoth Vanity Fair piece that we saw Mark Hamill give some choice words regarding his character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth chapter in the long-running franchise. It’s not uncommon for actors to have some off-color things to say here and there, but with what he said regarding director Rian Johnson’s interpretation of the character Luke Skywalker, it was hard not to raise an eyebrow.
Here was the original statement:
“I at one point had to say to [director Rian Johnson], ‘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.’”
Obviously, fans don’t’ like to hear stuff like this. Actors are generally pretty good about talking up their films, and only speak out against a project at their own peril. What did it mean for the quality of the film that he felt so strongly against his character’s actions that he had to speak up about it? It would seem to imply that we should be worried. Well, hold your horses for a second, as in a recent interview with Variety while on the Tonys red carpet, Hamill clarified his statement.
“I was quoted as saying to Rian that I fundamentally disagree with everything you decided about Luke, and it was inartfully phrased. What I was, was surprised at how he saw Luke. And it took me a while to get around to his way of thinking, but once I was there, it was a thrilling experience. I hope it will be for the audience too.”
So there you have it. What was left out of that first quote was the idea that Hamill INITIALLY felt that way. After expressing that to the director, he was able to understand the motivations behind Luke’s actions, and was ultimately thrilled with the results. This is definitely good news, as it indicates that Luke will be a bit of a wild card in terms of his personality, but when all said and done, it sounds like it’ll help the film to be a much more satisfying experience.
What do you think of Hamill’s clarifications? Do you believe them, or do you think his initial words were more honest? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017!
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