Mark Hamill on The Last Jedi: “He’s Not My Luke”

Mark Hamill on the character of Luke Skywalker, and the changes in Star Wars: The Last Jedi...

Spoilers lie ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Now playing in cinemas around the galaxy – you might have noticed – is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the film that brings Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker back to the franchise in earnest.

But as many fans have noted, it’s a very different Luke that we meet this time around. He’s a Luke who throws away a lightsaber. Who drinks strange liquid from the bristols of an odd alien creature. And he’s a Luke Skywalker who appears to have given up on everything.

The change in the character has inspired a lot of debate, and in a new interview, Hamill himself has weighed in on the matter.

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“I said to Rian ‘Jedis don’t give up’”, Hamill said, referring to writer/director Rian Johnson. “I mean, even if he had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup. But if he made a mistake, he would try and right that wrong. So right there we had a fundamental difference, 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. Well in this version, see I’m talking about the George Lucas Star Wars. This is the next generation of Star Wars, so I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s Jake Skywalker. He’s not my Luke Skywalker, but I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well”.

Not that Hamill is complaining very loudly, though. ”I still haven’t accepted it completely. But it’s only a movie. I hope people like it. I hope they don’t get upset, and I came to really believe that Rian was the exact man that they needed for this job.”

The full interview can be found below, from the folks at Jar Jar Abrams.