Mark Hamill Wanted Luke To Go Dark Side In ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’

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Mark Hamill has opened up on how he wanted to see the heroic Luke Skywalker turn to the dark side in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Like Hamill, many fans thought Luke Skywalker was going to turn to the dark side in Return of the Jedi, with the then Jedi Knight donning an all-black outfit, force choking Gamorrean guards at Jabba’s Palace, and being constantly tempted by Darth Vader throughout the film. As fans know, the flap on Luke’s all-black outfit opened up to reveal the light underneath was always there as he committed himself to the light side and put down his weapon, standing up to Emperor Palpatine’s temptations once and for all.

But in a new interview with Sirius XM, Hamill revealed George Lucas’ reaction to his desire to see Luke turn to the dark side:

“I remember complaining to George about something in Revenge of the Jedi. And I said, ‘It’s so predictable and pat,’ and he said, ‘Mark, don’t forget. These things were made for children.’ His original intention was to make movies for, you know, kids! Adolescents and younger. And we’re bringing our adult sensibilities to it and that’s where we go wrong.”

Hamill went on to add why he thinks Lucas made the right decision to keep the protagonist of Luke Skywalker good and as a hero all the way to the end:

“He’s the man. He knows what he wants, and I realized he was right. He said, ‘All fairy tales get tied up neatly at the end.’ Because I thought after [Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back] we should really go crazy as possible with the last one, but there’s a reason why George is where he is and I’m where I am.”

But Hamill gushed, admitting how much he hoped he was going to have the chance to take on a different approach to the portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the final installment to the original trilogy:

“Well, I thought I was turning evil. Because I was wearing all black. I thought I would go to the Dark Side in the last one. And, of course, you have to redeem yourself. But that movie is the way I felt it was going with the preceding episode, but every actor wants to play their own evil twin.”

Hamill recently confirmed that his appearance as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker would be his final outing as the heroic farmboy turned Jedi Master. The film served to close out the Skywalker Saga as Disney embarks on a new era for the Star Wars franchise, beginning with the second season of The Mandalorian which Disney CEO Bob Chapek has confirmed will not be delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

But what do you think? Would you have liked to see Luke Skywalker turn to the dark side in Return of the Jedi? Let us know in the comments below!

Here is the official synopsis for The Rise of Skywalker:

Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. The late Carrie Fisher appears as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood and subscribe to our YouTube channel for all the latest news surrounding Mark Hamill and Star Wars!

Source: Sirius XM

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

News Editor, Film/TV Reporter at Heroic Hollywood.