Mark Hamill has never really been one to shy away from comments regarding all things Star Wars. The long-time franchise star famously made some comments months prior to Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s release that made plenty of fans nervous going into the movie. The year-plus that’s passed since hasn’t helped too much, sadly, and the movie will likely go down in history as the most controversial entry in the franchise.
And Mark Hamill ain’t stopping. While he has backpedaled on comments int he past regarding his trepidation of director Rian Johnson’s handling of the legacy characters, he’s seemingly doubled down on them in the time since the film’s release, with his latest comments to Den of Geek really driving home his overall opinion with how the series has been handled.
“They had me walking by Threepio, not even acknowledging him. I said: ‘I can’t do that!’ [Rian Johnson] said: ‘okay, go over and do whatever’. So I went over, and I did whatever. They say in the script ‘forget the past, kill it if you have to’, and they’re doing a pretty good job.”
Of course, what resulted was Luke giving Threepio a wink before heading out to take care of Kylo Ren. But it wasn’t necessarily just that small moment, but the idea that we will never get to see the three main legacy characters stand in a room together again.
“I just thought, Luke’s never going to see his best friend again. You look at it in a self-centered way. I said that it was a big mistake that those three people would never reunite in any way. I guess I was wrong, because nobody seems to care.”
Of course, fans seemed to care. Immensely. The sheer amount of digital ink that’s been used on the subject is a testament to that. Personally, I was ready to see them move on, and enjoyed the way things were handled. I’m not really for killing the past as much as I am for moving on to newer stories, so that’s where I’m coming from. In that sense, I think The Last Jedi did a splendid job, even if it wasn’t what most fans wanted to see.
As time has gone on, I’ve become more sympathetic to fans’ disappointment over not seeing these fan service-y moments, but still enjoy what this film became and what it could be mean in terms of the future of the franchise. Though, with J.J. Abrams taking the helm for Star Wars: Episode IX, I really don’t know what to expect anymore.
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SOURCE: Den of Geek