Mark Hamill made headlines a while back when he said he “fundamentally disagree[d]” initially with what director Rian Johnson was planning in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now he’s offering a bit more clarification on his real feelings for the new-look Star Wars trilogy.
Hamill told Variety he wasn’t entirely clear when making that off-the-cuff statement (though, even in his original comments, he did say that he came around to Johnson’s plan). Now Hamill says he meant he was “surprised” by the direction of the story but is now fully on board the new arc for Luke and the saga. Which is obviously good news.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“I got into trouble because… I was quoted as saying to Rian that I fundamentally disagree with everything you decided about Luke, and it was inartfully [sic] phrased. What I was, was surprised at how he saw Luke. And it took me a while to get around to his way of thinking, but once I was there it was a thrilling experience. I hope it will be for the audience too.”
Considering Hamill has lived and breathed this character for decades, it’s no surprise that he’d be pretty protective about which direction he goes now that Disney is actually making some new Star Wars films. Different doesn’t mean bad, and if Hamill still hated the plan, he seems honest enough that he’d just say it, anyway. But if Hamill is sold? Then we’re definitely up for giving it a shot.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15.