Mark Hamill Turned To Real-Life Political Issues To Deliver A Jaded Luke Skywalker

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It looks like Mark Hamill looked a little bit outward to project Luke Skywalker's jaded persona in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Sitting down with Screen Rant during a media junket for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Star Wars legend decided to open up about his approach in developing his character, saying that he had to mirror his take on today's political climate to bring out the darker Luke Skywalker.

"Well, I had to find what could have happened that would make the most hopeful, optimistic character wind up in this dark place. Now, I was eleven when the Beatles hit and they were the peace and love generation, and when I was in high school I said, I believed all that. I thought by the time we get in power they'll be no more wars. We'll end world famine. Hey baby, Love Is All You Need. And that, we failed! Basically, we failed, so even though this is a fantasy, you try and find something that you can relate to in life to be able to portray that element of the screenplay and so that's what I was thinking of. Is the potential of the flower power generation and now the world is worse than it's ever been. Thought Watergate was bad? That was just two parties. Now it's a political entity with a hostile foreign government and that we've been in perpetual war. I thought, well at least after Vietnam will never get into another pointless war that will, with no clear objective. We've been in perpetual war for what seventeen, eighteen years now? This is why these movies are power so popular. Real life is so horrible. Harsh reality is so draining on the human psyche you need to go to a safe place like a galaxy far far away."


Hamill has always been open about his political views, making fun of President Trump on Twitter by reading his tweets in the voice of the Joker and tweeting about different political issues. Considering how many problems we have today, it makes sense that the Star Wars legend would look at the political climate to help bring out a more jaded Luke Skywalker.

Star Wars: THe Last Jedi hits cinemas December 15, 2017.

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