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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

It goes without saying that a lot of fans have some strong opinions about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. However, perhaps one of the most incendiary aspects of the new film revolves around Luke Skywalker.

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After not seeing him on the big screen for decades, fans had conjured up some of their own ideas of what he’d be like after all this time, and it sounds like they weren’t the only ones. Speaking with Business Insider, director Rian Johnson discussed why he thinks actor Mark Hamill was uneasy at first regarding Luke Skywalker’s personality in the film.

Here’s what he said:

“It wasn’t the thing he wanted to necessarily hear. Understandably so. Mark had all these years to think what Luke’s triumphant return would be. Luke’s the hero coming back into this story, and the fact that this character and this movie could not be that — this character in this movie was by necessity what he had to be, and also in relation to Rey, that brought its own necessity.”

But why did Johnson feel like this was also the film in which he was to die? A lot of fans surely would have been up for seeing more of him in the future.

“As I worked out that his arc was going to be coming to a place where he does this big heroic act that is going to be spread throughout the galaxy — basically taking back the mantle of Luke Skywalker, a Jedi master, a legend — it just slowly became clear to me that it would be this big grand act. It would be an act of mythmaking. And if there was ever going to be a place in this entire trilogy to give him this emotional moment of a goodbye, this was probably going to be the most emotionally potent place to do it.”

Well, fans have surely expressed their opinions about it, but what are your thoughts after hearing what Johnson had to say about the “why” behind it all? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Business Insider

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.