– 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

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.