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Mark Hamill talks again about how badly Luke Skywalker was treated in the new Star Wars movies

March 5th, 2019 by Marc Comments

Well, it looks like Mark Hamill, who is finished working on Star Wars Episode IX (and, presumably forever), is finally being a little more open about how he felt about how Luke was treated in The Last Jedi and, like a lot of fans – myself included – he’s not happy about it.

In a new interview about the movies and how his character was treated in the final movie, the actor spoke pretty freely about how he felt and, while we’ve heard a few people say it was Ryan Johnson’s movie and Hamill had no say and had to just do what he was told, we feel that Hamill, who is a massive Star Wars fan and has been Luke Skywalker for 42 years should know what’s right and wrong about how Johnson

Last December when The Last Jedi came out, the actor got a little bit go hassle for saying Luke changed too much between the original trilogy and the new one and so he took a step back: “The thing is, Luke changed so much between the first trilogy and the last trilogy. I got myself into trouble. I made a vow – I said that I’m not going to talk about the movies anymore, because I think it’s important for the audience to see them.”  

However, time has passed and the actor is still vocal about the things he didn’t like in the movies: “I just thought, Luke’s never going to see his best friend again [Han Solo who died in The Force Awakens],” said Hamill

“You look at it in a self-centred way. I said that it was a big mistake that those three people would never reunite in any way. I guess I was wrong, because nobody seems to care! I have to stipulate that I care, but it didn’t really seem to affect the larger audience. Luke, Han and Leia will never be together again, and I’ll probably never get to work with Harrison again.”

But he doesn’t stop there: “Then the second thing was that they killed me off. I thought: oh, okay, you should push my death off to the last one. That’s what I was hoping when I came back: no cameos and a run-of-the-trilogy contract. Did I get any of those things? Because as far as I’m concerned, the end of VII is really the beginning of VIII. I got one movie! They totally hornswoggled (tricked) me.”

But one of the most concerning things is how much Johnston – and Disney, it seems – just want to forget the original characters and move on with the new legacy. Hamill describes a scene in The Last Jedi where Luke was supposed to walk past C3PO and not acknowledge him: “I said: “I can’t do that! He [The Last Jedi’s director, Rian Johnson] said, “Okay, go over and do whatever.” So I went over, and I did whatever.”

Whatever!!? Whatever… well, that doesn’t sound like Johnson cared about what was happening, does it?

Hamill goes on: “They say it in the script: “Forget the past, kill it if you have to”, and they’re doing a pretty good job!’”

Honestly, this makes us sad and even though we all knew that something like this was happening and Disney had a weird sort of disrespect for the franchise they bought, it gives us no pleasure to say ‘we told you so’. But we did.

Hamill is expected to appear as a Force ghost in Star Wars Episode IX, which opens on December 19th 2019.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….