Mark Hamill Defends Luke Skywalker’s Whiny Line in Star Wars Original Trilogy

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Luke Skywalker might be the main hero of the Star Wars original trilogy, however, Mark Hamill has still come across criticism over his performance as the benevolent young Jedi in the Skywalker saga.

One of the criticisms that Hamill has received during his years as the young Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy has to do with the Jedi's infamous response to power converters in Star Wars: A New Hope.

In the film, Hamill is made to perform a mundane line about picking up power converters at Tosche Station.


"No, that's not true!" Luke Skywalker whines in the film, "But I was going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters."

The line itself shouldn't really matter, however, some have criticized Hamill's delivery.

Now that fans are celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, Hamill has decided to address that infamous moment in the movie in an interview with

"You know, I get mocked a lot for, ‘But I was going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters.' But I did that intentionally to be able to grow and make him as much of a clueless teenager as possible because by the end of the film he has found his purpose in life and he's so profoundly changed," the actor says.

The Star Wars legend does make a good point. Luke might be hero, but he's still growing. Fans shouldn't really expect Luke to be perfect – the young hero needs time to become a confident and mature Jedi.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently streaming on Disney+.

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