But he may still have to defend himself in front of them…
**WARNING THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.**
In a recent interview with Spanish language movie site SensaCine recently, Hamill said, “It’s somebody else’s story, and Rian needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective.”
He is, of course, referring to the saga’s eighth episode director, Rian Johnson. Since the film debuted at the box office, Johnson has been receiving numerous of complaints from audiences about how horrible the plot was, specifically with Luke Skywalker’s story line.
Let me clarify by stating that the fans do seem equally divided- some dubbed it the best Star Wars since Empire Strikes Back, others signed a petition demanding the “travesty” be struck from the official canon and remade. Some passionate fans even made death threats.
It may have backfired though, because Rian Johnson, is taking it all in as the reaction he wanted from the fans. Johnson replied on Twitter that he thought it was a way to get people talking about the movie.
“The goal is never to divide or make people upset,” Johnson wrote, “but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if sw [sic] is going to grow, move forward and stay vital.”
And this latest statement from Mark Hamill isn’t anything new…
On the days leading up to the world premiere in press conferences, he stated he was not keen on writer-director Rian Johnson’s vision of what happens to the character that Hamill has lived since 1977’s original film and knows so well.
“Luke was so optimistic and so hopeful and cheerful. Here he’s is in a very, very dark place,” Hamill told one journalist about the new movie. The actor said he spoke to Johnson about “a fundamental difference” about the integrity of the Luke character, but then said, “It’s not my movie anymore.”
As a respectful actor, Hamill of course, obliged with his new character role and got the job done. But he did make it known that he felt Luke Skywalker as written, and even Princess Leia’s words and actions, were not true to that of the original characters.
He also said he wished Johnson would have listened to Star Wars creator George Lucas about the character; Lucas has not been involved in the Star Wars franchise since 2012, when it and Lucasfilm were sold to Disney.
“This is the next generation of Star Wars,” Hamill said, “so I almost had to think of another character … but I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well, … I still haven’t accepted it completely.”
Lucas said essentially the same thing about the Johnson version, which has crossed $600 million in global box office since bowing worldwide last week. And that’s what Hollywood is really about anyway (money).