While there is no doubt that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a critical darling and is currently reigning the box office worldwide, there is still quite a bit of debate amongst some longtime fans of the saga in regards to some of the more bolder choices the film made in regards to some of its principal characters. Most commonly seen as a topic of discussion is the depiction of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) since we last saw him back in 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
In the past few weeks leading up to the film’s worldwide release, Mark Hamill has subsequently opened up about his thoughts on returning to the role of the iconic hero. As the actor discussed with IMDB, he showed towards Luke’s role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as they differed from what director Rian Johnson had envisioned but ultimately Hamill’s mind changed after seeing the final product:
“I’ve had trouble accepting what he saw for Luke, but again, I have to say, having seen the movie, I was wrong.”
Johnson has brought up how he felt Star Wars: The Last Jedi had to challenge it’s characters instead of retreading on what was seen and done in the previous films of the saga in order to help the series progress further. Mark Hamill ended up agreeing with the director in that aspect of Luke’s undergoing some changes since we last saw him:
“I think being pushed out of your comfort zone is a good thing because if I were just another benevolent Jedi training young padawans – we’ve seen it and nobody can do it better than Alec Guinness and I shouldn’t even try. It’s not the Luke from the original it’s the luke from the new generation.”
You can check out the interview with Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson in the video below.
Mark Hamill’s portrayal of the character indeed harkens a wiser, world-weary and cynical Luke than most fans were probably expecting and that can be challenging for some. Yet both the actor and Johnson agree that Luke has had different experiences since we last saw him in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi which leads to the Jedi Master harboring different qualities. However, considering that even Hamill himself had a change of heart towards Luke’s journey perhaps even the most skeptical of fans will eventually feel the same way?
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Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
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