Mark Hamill has always been an outspoken voice regarding Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In an early first look for the film, he famously said that he fundamentally disagreed with Rian Johnson’s take on the Luke Skywalker character. In the time since then, he’s backpedaled slightly.
However, in a newer interview posted by the YouTube account Jar Jar Abrams, Hamill seems to double down on those claims, going so far as to say that this Luke isn’t the same Luke we saw at the end of Return of the Jedi.
“I said to [director] Rian [Johnson], ‘Jedis don’t give up.’ I mean, even if he had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup. But if he made a mistake, he would try and right that wrong. So, right there we had a fundamental difference, but it’s not my story anymore. It’s somebody else’s story – and Rian needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective.[…]
That’s the crux of my problem. Luke would never say that. I’m sorry. Well, in this version, see I’m talking about the George Lucas Star Wars. This is the next generation of Star Wars, so I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s Jake Skywalker. He’s not my Luke Skywalker, but I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well.”
“But listen, I still haven’t accepted it completely. But it’s only a movie. I hope people like it. I hope they don’t get upset, and I came to really believe that Rian was the exact man that they need for this job.”
With the exception of that ending part, that certainly doesn’t sound too good from the man who’s played the character for four films (five if you count Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
Indeed Hamill isn’t alone. one of the biggest complaints about the character revolved around Luke Skywalker’s decidedly un-Jedi-like personality throughout the film.
What do you have to say about Hamill’s comments? Is he right, or like many fans, is he too caught up on what came before? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Jar Jar Abrams