Mark Hamill Defends Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Author Thumbnail BY Tiny Diapana - February 12, 2018

Star Wars legend Mark Hamill might have been against Rian Johnson’s depiction of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi last year, but it seems like the actor’s been expressing nothing but love for the sequel trilogy installment.

Hamill just recently spoke about The Last Jedi at a BAFTA Question and Answer session (via Comic Book)and the Star Wars legend defended Johnson’s decisions in the direction of The Force Awakens sequel.

"I was amazed at the complexity of it, that it was so challenging, the range of emotions, every color in the pallet," the Star Wars actor said. "Mine happened to be of a darker hue."

Hamill also explained why he found it necessary to disagree with Johnson during production, saying that he also in part felt some ownership over his character.

"Well, you have to trust someone," Hamill said. "As long as I was able to express my reservations about Luke — because you can't help but feel some measure of ownership like 'Luke wouldn't say that,' or 'Luke wouldn't do this,' — but once we had that conversation, my job was to wipe out what Mark Hamill wants and do my best to realize Rian's vision."

According to the Star Wars legend, part of The Last Jedi’s divisiveness is because of reactionary most of the fans are, admitting that the franchise just can’t please everyone.

"This is the only franchise where, if you go on Twitter, they say, 'If such and such happens, I am so out.' So now they're speculating about things they don't want to see," Hamill said. "It surprises me, but, look, you can't please everybody. You just have to try and make the best story you can. I was sort of taken aback by it, but, who knows? Not everybody likes broccoli. Some people like carrots or Brussels sprouts better. That's just the way life is."

Guess some fans just don’t really enjoy how The Last Jedi subverts fan expectations and plays with Star Wars lore. To each his own.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently screening in cinemas.



Read: Star Wars’ Warwick Davis Tells Fans To Enjoy The Divisive Last Jedi As “Piece Of Entertainment”

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