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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

  • Lenin1959

    Oh my… His view and ideas for The Last Jedi are so awkward and have been discussed so often… I hope for the sake of Star Wars he made more new fans than he has alienated old fans like myself. I am out of Star Wars (at least out of the sequel trilogy), but I hope Disney’s bet on RJ’s view and interpretation pays off because I won’t buy a ticket for episode IX and definitely won’t watch episode VIII again for a long time – until I have enough distance between me and this painful experience.

    • Ian Finnimore

      When football fans vent their frustration at coaches & players that’s fine but as 30+ years of fandom does it for Starwars it’s just entitlement …

      The ball was dropped in this movie, the head coach i.e Rian is not the man for the job if he doesn’t understand Luke.

      I REALLY don’t believe that he should be the gatekeeper of 4 new movies if he doesn’t even understand what a jedi is supposed to represent.

      Even HIS Yoda kinda doesn’t like the Jedi & the dude is over 200 years old – only now he doesn’t like them? C’mon ..

      • Kindofabigdeal

        Isn’t Yoda like 900 years old.

        • Ian Finnimore

          900 is over 200 so either way he’s wise & believed in the Jedi until this script..

          • Barry Meltfarb

            He didn’t say he didn’t like them, he said it was time for them to end.

          • Ian Finnimore

            Actually we are both wrong –

            Luke “so it is time .. for the Jedi to end”

            Yoda: “time it is …. for you to look past a pile of old books”

            Yoda is always hard to translate but he does mock the ancient Jedi books – “page turners were they?”

            So he doesn’t hold them as dear to him, they can be burned & the information inside isn’t viewed as valuable. I wouldn’t burn anything that was ancient – it’s disrespectful surely?

            Again bad writing – the words could be spoken without the burning.

          • Barry Meltfarb

            This is classic eastern teaching, though; holding old books sacred leads to them becoming a veil, preventing you from seeing what the books were trying to illustrate in the first place. He burned them to shake Luke out of his,*ahem*, lukewarm state, and also to demonstrate that since Luke had resolved to burn them, they may as well just burn. It didn’t matter that he hesitated..the fact that it even occurred to him to burn them meant that the old ways were as good as gone.

            Talking this out has actually made me appreciate the scene even more.

          • chaburchak

            Why did anyone ever have to write down anything about the Jedi and the Force when you’ve got so many force-ghosts hanging around, you could just ask them directly…

          • Ian Finnimore

            Eeh,

            The whole “lesson” was kind of invalid when Luke would have had conversations with Yoda right up to swinging a blade at a sleeping nephew.

            The wise wisdom never came then .. but now …

            No way they wouldn’t have spoke in the flashback time frame – the whole scene was repeating the “burn it down” theme, backed up by the wisest character to show that the direction of the film is correct.

            He then says that Rey knows all that she needs to know ….

            Hmmmm..

  • Moby85

    Ahh, I have seen the film, and will comment on the older threads in a few minutes here. I’m a bit torn. I liked Luke in this movie and I thought he had a great send off. But I think the old mains, now that they’re all dead literally or figuratively, were terribly misused in this trilogy. Firstly, I think Han, Luke, and Leia meeting up for one last grand adventure in the first film was a must. Harrison Ford was probably only ever going to do one movie, that’s fine, but Luke and Leia should have been able to play a larger role in the following two films.

    Carrie Fisher’s death prevented that for her character but I think Luke should have been given a major chance to shine again in Episode 9.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Jammer says you don’t understand storytelling. You should have liked this movie. Now suck on Disney’s teet and drink that green milk.

      • Joseph Jammer Medina

        You’re right. That’s exactly what I said.

        • Kindofabigdeal

          I would never misquote you. 😉

          • RadicalAgnostic

            God, the sense of entitlement in the wake of this movie is staggering.

          • Kindofabigdeal

            I’m sorry but if I pay 13 bucks a ticket for me and my two nephews than I expect to be entertained and not left scratching my head wondering WTF did I just witness.

          • Moby85

            Fair.

          • Ian Finnimore

            When a movie that is part of an existing canon rewrites heroic characters for the sake of itself fans have every right to call the makers out.

            Highlander the quickening is the perfect example previous to TLJ – it is actually a decent film but bears little relation to its previous incarnation – the exact same applies to TLJ … it has happened before .. it doesn’t make us entitled just because you are unaware ..

      • Moby85

        Jammer probably also thinks “bombs” can drop from bomb bay doors. In space. With no gravity.

        *light ribbing Jammer, not malicious intent!*

        • Kindofabigdeal

          Maybe they were photon torpedoes.

        • RadicalAgnostic

          I love how science is only brought into this stuff when someone doesn’t like something. Nobody mentions the worm living on a rock in an “asteroid field” or breathable atmosphere on a gas giant.

          • Rad4Cap

            Amusingly enough, when I was a kid, in like or fifth grade, I wrote an English paper critiquing Empire – and that was one of my complaints. 😉

        • Corey Hopkins

          Space ships in Star Wars have artificial gravity. Open the doors and the bombs fall. With no other force acting on them, they continue to fall on the dreadnought. This is not complicated.

  • Ian Finnimore

    Luke was already a hero – a master – who was missing …

    Him returning to help fight a new threat was all set up – but Rian wanted HIS fingerprints on it so he added things that were tonally incorrect for this character.

    “An act of myth making” he says in relation to something he wrote for Luke as opposed to erm I don’t know defeating Palpatine, Vader & crippling the empire….

    He was already a hero at the end of A new hope – by the time he’d taken down Jabba the Hutt & the Empire .. he was a Legend ..

    But they don’t count if Rian didn’t write them – hence dropping all of J.J’s plots too ..

    #notmylukeskywalker

    • Rad4Cap

      I really think Rian is trolling the SW fans. After JJ’s film, everyone was complaining that it imitated a New Hope. So he said ‘Oh, yeah?’ Then we should really teach them a lesson. I’ll give em Empire, beat for beat, but I will simply REVERSE everything in that movie (right down to putting the first act last), so they can’t complain it was the same thing. That’ll be hilarious!

      Sigh

  • Kindofabigdeal

    At this point I’m surprised Rian Johnson didn’t have them all speaking in that weird made up language that was used in Brick.
    Nothing against his previous work, I loved them all and had high hopes for this film.

  • chaburchak

    Was Hamill so hard up for money that he read the script, saw what they intended for his character and STILL agreed to be in it? I’ve seen him in interviews and it looks painful for him to be promoting this flick…

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.