Mark Hamill Disagreed With Luke’s Direction In ‘The Last Jedi’

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' star Mark Hamill on approaching the saga as a fan, including having disagreements over the choices made for Luke Skywalker.


After making a brief but powerful appearance in The Force Awakens, Mark Hamill will return to the Star Wars saga in The Last Jedi with a significantly more substantial role to play. While details on Luke Skywalker’s role in the film are unknown, aside from the fact that he will be involved in Rey’s training, it appears Hamill himself had a few issues with the direction the character takes in the next chapter of the space saga.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hamill discussed how he approaches the Star Wars films just like any other fan, which includes offering his own fan theories and occasionally disagreeing with the creative minds behind the film in question. The actor specifically recalled recalled his initial reaction to a climatic moment during the lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo on his first reading of the script:

“The moment in the forest, when the saber rattles? I go, ‘Oh, baby, here I come!’ And then it flies into her hands? I said, What the hell, she hasn’t even trained!”

Hamill also expressed his disagreement over the creative choices made for Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi to director Rian Johnson:

“I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision.”

Noting his respect for directors J. J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, Hamill explained that he approves of the final versions of both films and revealed the warning he delivered to both filmmakers regarding his ideas:

“I have thousands of really terrible ideas I would love to share with you, among which you might—just law of averages—find a nugget of something and go, ‘That’s not as terrible as the other 35 you just told us.’”

Considering Hamill played the character for considerable amount of time during his youth, it is understandable that he would have specific ideas on which direction Luke Skywalker’s story should or should not go. However, with many fans curious or possibly even concerned over Luke Skywalker’s journey in the next Star Wars film, perhaps some of those fears can be relieved by Hamill’s ultimate approval of the finished film?

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Source: Vanity Fair

Sebastian Peris

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