Traveling the whole galaxy on the Millennium Falcon, fighting every form of oppression and resistance, and taking back the galaxy from the evil clutches of The Empire, Mark Hamill is single-handedly the superhero of many kids from the 70s and 80s. Playing the role of the Jedi of justice, Luke Skywalker, Hamill performed the role of the young space warrior with finesse and passion for the better part of his career. Which is why he is still remembered in high regard as the protagonist of the original Star Wars Trilogy.
With such a significant responsibility to play the main protagonist of such a vast and successful cinematic franchise that is ever-expanding to this day, it is natural for an actor to grow attached to the character they have worked so hard to bring to life. So when Hamill would get the offer to reprise his role of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, he couldn’t turn it down. But little did he know at the time that he would later come to despise the film that he worked in.
Mark Hamill Despises Luke Skywalker’s Fate In The Last Jedi
With Mark Hamill giving so much of his career and his effort to perfecting the character of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars Franchise, people might say that he knows what he was doing in The Last Jedi, and he did. With the film all about sealing the fate of one of the greatest Jedis in the history of the Galaxy Far Far Away, it was always a belief that Hamill would be the one to bring everyone’s favorite Jedi to the perfect end.
But much to the surprise of everyone, in the events of The Last Jedi, people were shocked to see one of the last surviving members of the Jedi Warriors being reduced to such a state that he had completely given up. This was one of those times when the director dictated the actors around with an iron fist. Rian Johnson, who was the director of the film, seemed to be obsessed with telling the story his way, so much so that he disregarded the inputs that Hamill had for Luke Skywalker. Hamill said:
“I said to Rian, ‘Jedis don’t give up.’ I mean, even if [Luke] had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup, but if he made a mistake, he would try to 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.”
With little heed given to his advice, Hamill just went along with Johnson’s story, which from many fans’ perspectives, was inconsistent with Luke’s character. Fans pointed out that Luke was not the kind of person who would give in to his negative thoughts, instead, he would try to overcome them with his wits and determination. But at the end of the day, it was all in the hands of Johnson, who despite some controversies surrounding it, gave a perfect end to the last Jedi warrior.
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What’s Next For The Star Wars Franchise?
With the end of the Skywalker Saga in the recent Star Wars Trilogy, it is hard for anyone to think what the next major film in the franchise will be. Lucasfilm is taking a different approach to expansion by channeling it via its Disney+ web series to explore the unexplored stories of the Galaxy with a focus on other main characters. Thus, it seems highly likely that a new film or another trilogy might take a long time to come to fruition. But when it does, loyal fans will be ready.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently streaming now on Disney+.