Mark Hamill has admitted that he “fundamentally” disagreed with the direction that Rian Johnson had taken the character of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. However, rather than kicking up a fuss and protesting, Mark Hamill explained to Vanity Fair that he persisted with the film because of his respect for Rian Johnson, while he also teased that he had some problems with how J.J. Abrams had treated the character in The Force Awakens, too.
“After reading Rian Johnson’s script for The Last Jedi, Hamill said, ‘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’… Hamill noted that he has the utmost respect for Johnson and The Force Awakens‘s director, J.J. Abrams, and is pleased with how both films have turned out. He just wanted to be heard.”
This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard about Mark Hamill’s issues with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In fact, the Inquisitr reported last month that both Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley “originally hated” the script for The Last Jedi. But rather than this being bad news, both Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley’s trepidations about where Rian Johnson has taken their characters suggests that the Brick and Looper director has made some bold and surprising moves with the blockbuster that will have audiences in shock.
Just a quick warning, the following paragraph contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So if you still haven’t seen the film, and you want to remain in the dark regarding its content, then you probably shouldn’t read ahead.
During the same set of interviews with Vanity Fair Mark Hamill also opened up about his issues with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, admitting that if he was in charge of the film, he would have had the Jedi storm in to save Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa during the scene where Han Solo ultimately perished at the hands of their son Ben Solo/Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver.
Mark Hamill had a pretty nostalgic reason for wanting Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker to reunite in the scene, as he admitted that it would have been similar to one of his favorite sequences from Star Wars: A New Hope. Plus, Mark Hamill believes that having Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia watch the death of Han Solo would have added more emotional heft going in to both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars 9.
“Now, remember, one of the plots in the earlier films was the telepathic communication between my sister and me. So I thought, ‘Carrie will sense that Han is in danger and try to contact me. And she won’t succeed, and, in frustration, she’ll go herself.’ Then we’re in the situation where all three of us are together, which is one of my favorite things in the original film, when we were on the Death Star. It’s just got a fun dynamic to it. So I thought it would have been more effective, and I still feel this way, though it’s just my opinion, that Leia would make it as far as she can, and, right when she is apprehended, maybe even facing death — Ba-boom! I come in and blow the guy away and the two of us go to where Han is facing off with his son, but we’re too late… The reason that’s important is that we witness his death, which carries enormous personal resonance into the next picture. As it is, Chewie’s there, and how much can you get out of [passable Chewbacca wail] ‘Nyaaarghhh!’ and two people who have known Han for, what, 20 minutes?”
The trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has already featured more scenes and shots of Luke Skywalker than the entirety of The Force Awakens featured, as Mark Hamill only portrayed the character in the final scene of J.J. Abrams’ film. Hamill had previously insisted that he believed fans would feel cheated by Luke Skywalker’s lack of screen time in The Force Awakens. However moviegoers and Star Wars die-hards responded positively to the character being kept hidden from audiences, especially as viewers are now eager to catch-up with Luke Skywalker and see what he has been up to since Return Of The Jedi. We’ll finally get to see what made Mark Hamill so distraught and upset with writer and director Rian Johnson once Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released into cinemas on December 15, 2017.
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