Mark Hamill on Luke Skywalker's Character in 'The Last Jedi': "I Still Haven't Accepted It Completely"
"I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he's 'Jake Skywalker,' he's not my Luke Skywalker"
Published Dec 22, 2017While critics mostly love The Last Jedi, the movie is tearing the Star Wars fandom apart. Director Rian Johnson has addressed some of the backlash, but it looks like even star Mark Hamill has some serious issues with the film.
Hamill has previously lamented Disney's refusal to follow George Lucas' story plan for the next Star Wars trilogy, and now he has some stuff to say about the brooding, defeated Luke Skywalker that appears in Jedi.
"Luke was so optimistic and so hopeful, cheerful, here he's in a very, very dark place, one that I didn't expect," he told SensaCine in a video you can watch below [via NME].
"I said to Rian, I said, 'Jedis don't give up.' Even if he had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup." Hamill continued. "But if he made a mistake, he would try and right that wrong, so right there, we had a fundamental difference."
Hamill conceded that he didn't have the final say on the character. "But, it's not my story anymore. It's somebody else's story, and Rian needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective. That's the crux of my problem. Luke would never say that. I'm sorry."
Hamill added that he believed Johnson was "the exact man they needed for the job" of directing a new Star Wars flick, but he still felt his character was entirely different from the Luke Skywalker on display in the original trilogy.
"So I almost had to think of Luke as another character," he said. "Maybe he's 'Jake Skywalker,' he's not my Luke Skywalker.... I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well, but I still haven't accepted it completely."
Watch Mark Hamill discuss The Last Jedi below.