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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Mark Hamill has been more than a little outspoken regarding his initial misgivings about his role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In fact, he stated that he had to tell director Rian Johnson that he initially fundamentally disagreed with the choices that he made for the character of Luke Skywalker.

However, once these words were said, he entrusted himself to Johnson, and really let himself dive deep into this character we hadn’t seen for decades.

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During a press conference for the film that LRM had an opportunity to attend, Hamill revealed how he felt returning to this character.

“I don’t think any line in the script epitomized my reaction more than this is not going to go the way you think. And Rian pushed me out of my comfort zone, as if I weren’t as intimidated and terrified to begin with, but I’m grateful, because you have to trust someone and he was the only Obi Wan available to me.”

If you’ve had a chance to see the film, you can definitely see where Hamill is coming from here. While great on many levels, the Luke Skywalker we see isn’t quite the same man we remember, and given how much of a fanboy Hamill is for this stuff, we can only imagine how it felt to step back into these now-unfamiliar boots.

What do you think of Hamill’s comments? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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  • Victor Roa

    the only other person who pushed him hard, Andrea Romano

  • Lenin1959

    SPOILER
    Yes, a great scene where the greatest Jedi ever (because he refused to fight and get his ass kicked like Obi and Yoda) suddenly wanted to kill his nephew IN HIS SLEEP – although just for a brief moment. Yeah, they TOTALLY understood the Luke Skywalker character, obviously. D’oh!

    • Brafdorf

      he didn’t want to kill him. He said his mistake was making it look like he was going to. So in turn he created Kylo by his lack of judgement.

      I’ve only seen it once and picked that up

    • Shieldwolf

      He read his mind saw incredible darkness, realized Snoke had corrupted and had a momentary though of a mercy kill. That moment led to a tragic misunderstanding that led to the creation of Kylo Ren. We see the same moment from two angles which is very interesting and a nice surprise. Luke’s actions are all understandable given the insane destruction his attempt at a new Jedi academy created. He sought solace and peace, but through Rey and Yoda he realizes the one thing he is missing is the lesson that from failure comes learning, and he needs to apologize to Ben for failing him to achieve peace. Yes they understood the character – that’s why you got the badass confrontation of the force projection and Luke PURPOSEFULLY evoking Han – down to the undershirt he wore which bore a striking resemblance to Han’s and the seeing you kid line which also evoked Han. Luke saved the resistance by sacrificing himself. We finally get to see Luke in full Jedi master bad ass mode, then get the rug pulled under us as we realize he has EVEN MORE power than we imagined. He force projected himself and only Leia knew the truth (because he gave her the imaginary dice from the Falcon). It seems you didn’t pay close enough attention to this movie or missed the point of many things. That’s a shame it is a great movie if you let go of your expectation going in.

  • Deathstroke936

    “While great in many levels”

    Great in what levels…??? What movie did you see Funky Cold Medina…??? You probably need a third viewing of this A+ masterpiece perhaps…

    Honestly ..I’m just waiting for the “true to the character” speech I’ve heard ad nauseum from this site for other movie reviews…

    • Mad Barchetta

      I’ll repost here a reply I shared on another thread. I think that scene was actually quite within the established character of Luke, and here’s my thought process behind that:

      I see. Luke isn’t allowed to be imperfect, for even a moment? Like the rest of us? He can’t feel differently about wanting to rescue his father, as opposed to a nephew?

      As a character, Luke has always been driven by his emotions: He refused to help Obi-wan at first because he had other plans for his life and was afraid. When his adoptive family was killed, he suddenly changed his mind, as he no longer had any emotional ties to Tatooine. It wasn’t to help the Rebellion, or Leia, or Obi-wan. He had nothing else to do and perhaps wanted some measure of revenge. He left his training, against Yoda’s warnings, to help his friends. He put himself and the Rebellion at risk by turning himself in to Vader because he wanted to save him. Then he nearly killed Vader in a fit of rage over Vader suggesting he’d go after Leia. Seeing Vader’s hand led to Luke stopping his assault, again to save him, and also out of hubris to show Palpatine that he couldn’t be turned. It wasn’t about PEACE, it was about his emotional ties. Over and over and over, Luke allowed himself to be led by his emotions, and sometime by his pride.

      And you think he couldn’t possibly, even in a moment of fear and doubt, think about killing an immensely powerful student who was turning to the Dark Side? Or you didn’t WANT to think of him doing that?

      • Deathstroke936

        This is the biggest pile of crap I’ve ever read…
        Like the rest of us… Tell me then , How often have your uncle ever pulled a gun on you…???

        How many tines have you thought about killing your nephew…???

        Yes, none of us are perfect… but considering killing a child..??? Your own nephew…??? So many examples you mention in the original trilogy… but none comes close to explaining this.

        BTW Luke does not strike Vader because he hates him, but fear of his sister, he is protecting Leia and when he strikes Vader down and the sees the proverbial ” eye for a eye”, he was able to pull himself together and realize that he didn’t succumb to the Dark Side.

        That is why, that moment is out of character, because he was there before and that moment is when he claims “I will never turn to the Dark Side, I’m a Jedi, like my father before me …”

        • Mad Barchetta

          It’s like you were actually at my family gatherings! 0.0

          Seriously, though… Nope, never pulled a gun on anyone nor thought of killing any of my family. I’m reasonably certain none of my family thought of killing me, but then I’ve never asked.

          Then again, I never read the mind of someone and saw very clearly in them the potential to become a highly powerful Force-using despot who could bring chaos and suffering to the entire galaxy. That’s what Luke saw in Ren: a threat on the same level or perhaps beyond that as Vader and that Ren turning was much closer than he imagined.

          This brings to mind the old ethical question about whether it would make sense to kill Hitler as a baby, knowing all the horror he would inflict upon the world. Would someone be willing to take away his future to save millions of lives? That’s essentially what Luke was foreseeing: Ren becoming a galaxy-wide threat, and Luke knew first-hand exactly what that would mean. And it scared him shitless.

          Fear…leads to anger…leads to hate….leads to the Dark Side. Luke nearly slaughtered the father he had hoped to save when he feared Vader would go after Leia. He stopped himself before going to far, seeing himself in Vader after cutting off his hand.

          He only reacted for a moment to what he saw in Ren before realizing what he had contemplated, but that moment was enough to push Ren over the edge when he saw it. Not everyone would have shown the restraint that Luke did. I would say that it’s quite reasonable to expect that the Dark Side never stops testing and tempting Jedi, regardless of how proficient they become.

          • Deathstroke936

            If you’re going to defend this… there’s nothing I can say to change your mind.

            But remember that Yoda wasn’t too fond of training Luke, because he was too similar to his father…and then he was worried of how easily he could have been corrupted by the Dark Side …Yet I don’t remember Yoda being tempted to drop the X-wing on Luke’s head…

            I’m Sorry but that’s not a moment of weakness, that’s just bad writing… deserving of the same criticism of a murdering Batman or a hopeless Superman…

            He already proved he was a Jedi, like Obi-Wan, like Yoda… No matter what anyone says, that was out of character.

            Unlike baby Hitler…there’s no telling how Ben would turn out… Like Yoda said, .. “always in motion the future is”… (future isn’t set in stone)

  • Vector

    Well, the Last Jedi certainly pushed a lot of former fans out of their comfort zones. 😛

  • Triple M

    It was rubbish, Hamill obviously knew it going in, but he has no say.

  • Brafdorf

    he’s easily the best returning cast in these new films. It’s appropriate because he’s the only one who embraced the fandom following the originals.
    He acted so well in this. Really wonderful performance

  • Ultrakev

    Luke faced Vader and the Emperor alone, he bested Vader and then threw his weapon away while watching his friends perish all the while the Emperor is laughing in face as he throws the force lightning at him. Luke faced down the dark side but held his nerve and wouldn’t turn, he put his life in the hands of the half machine monster that his father had become and won the day because of his seemingly irrational belief that he could turn him away from the dark side, his judgement was sound and his feelings didn’t betray him. He did this after even Yoda had tried to argue that he wasn’t ready, which was true as he hadn’t completed his training. Yet he still prevailed, which showed that his over-confidence, in this case, was justified. However, what I think the Rian has tried to demonstrate in this
    new story is that Star Wars isn’t going to progress by just repeating the same plot-lines over and over, the good guys aren’t always going to win and as Luke sates in Last Jedi he himself wasn’t always going to be right. Ben Skywalkers fall would become his greatest failure and shatters his earlier confidence, the few brief flashbacks show how the saviour of the rebellion was actually unprepared to take on the role of the mentor/master. This naturally leads the former hero to doubt himself, doubt the purpose of the Jedi and opens his eyes to the real danger of dark side. Training force sensitive children about the ways of the Jedi isn’t just about moving rocks with your mind but understanding why you must not give into temptation and the allure of what might seem the easier pathway. This may have proved difficult for someone like Luke who we know was prepared to walk into extremely dangerous situations with a sense of confidence that was foolhardy at best and downright suicidal at worst. As Yoda tells him, the pupil must eventually surpass the teacher. It’s not always going to go the way you hope. This is one of the movies great strengths, as it shows that even the galaxies greatest hero’s can be fallible as well as showing how the fallen can also be ultimately redeemable, willing to sacrifice everything to save the day.

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.