“I still haven’t accepted it”: Mark Hamill Had To Pretend He Was “Jake Skywalker” To Get Through Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Sequel Film

Mark Hamill was not happy with how Rian Johnson portrayed his character in the sequel trilogy

mark hamill had to pretend he was “jake skywalker” to get through rian johnson’s star wars sequel film


  • Mark Hamill, alongside Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, gained immense fame for his role in the Star Wars Original Trilogy
  • Though he returned for the sequel trilogy, the actor did not like the way his character was presented in the movies
  • Hamill stated that it was not the way of a jedi to just give up, and had a hard time accepting that it was Luke Skywalker
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Actor Mark Hamill is one of the most influential and iconic actors in the history of Hollywood thanks to his work as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars Original trilogy, which included films Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). Without a doubt, his performance was one of the main reasons why Star Wars became so popular around the world.

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Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in a still from the Star Wars franchise
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in a still from the Star Wars franchise

Roughly 32 years later, Hamill once again got the opportunity to play the character in the Sequel trilogy, starting with J. J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). In the film, Hamill had a brief role at the end of the film, setting up for the sequel. Two years later, fans got to see more of Hamill as an older version of Luke Skywalker in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, however, Hamill wasn’t a huge fan of Johnson’s story, in fact, his character was so poorly written that Hamill had to pretend it was another character.


Also read: “Now I am Vader”: George Lucas Wanted Mark Hamill To Become the New Darth Vader in Original, Super-Dark Ending of Return of the Jedi

Mark Hamill was very disappointed over how his character was written in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars sequel trilogy
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars sequel trilogy

In 2017, actor Mark Hamill appeared for an interview with a Spanish-language movie site called SensaCine, and explained that his vision of Luke Skywalker was not aligned with Rian Johnson, who directed 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The actor said,


“I said to Rian, I said ‘Jedis don’t give up.’ 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.”

Hamill was disappointed to learn that Luke Skywalker had been hiding for so many years. These ideas caused clashes between Johnson and Hamill.

Also read: Harrison Ford Couldn’t Keep a Straight Face After Mark Hamill Made a Gross Error While Promoting Star Wars Prequel Trilogy During an Interview


Mark Hamill had a hard time accepting the movie

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise.
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise

Further in the interview, Hamill explained that he has a hard time accepting that Luke Skywalker ended up like that in the movie,

“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.”

However, a few days later, Hamill regretted stating these words publicly. In a tweet, the actor explained that “creative differences are a common element of any project but usually remain private,” further hailing Johnson’s film as “an all-time GREAT one!” Hamill reprised his role as Skywalker again in 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.


Related: “That’s one promise I won’t keep”: Mark Hamill Could Not Keep His One Promise to His Star Wars Sibling Carrie Fisher That Involved Her Funeral


Written by Farhan Asif

With over 2 years of experience in content writing, Farhan Asif is a seasoned writer at FandomWire where he specializes in bringing the latest news and insights from the world of entertainment and gaming to readers around the world. With over 700 published articles for FandomWire, he has also written more than 750 articles for AnimatedTimes. Apart from this, he has a passion for coding and is pursuing a degree in computer science. During his free time, Farhan loves to play video games and hopes to create a video game of his own one day.