If anyone can understand the challenge of returning to a beloved franchise and risking the ire of fans, it’s Mark Hamill ... though he's still kind of pissed at Star Wars fans for how they reacted to Episode I.
Hamill told Vulture he was obviously tentative about returning for more Star Wars but still holds a grudge against fans for all the hate dumped on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace — specifically the film's young star, Jake Lloyd, who played the kid version of Anakin Skywalker. As Hamill notes, the 10-year-old did everything George Lucas asked of him. It's not the preteen's fault that the dialogue was stilted.
Which, yeah, fair point.
Here's what he told Vulture about it:
"I couldn't believe some of the things they wrote about the prequels, you know. I mean really, beyond 'I didn’t like it.' I'm still angry about the way they treated Jake Lloyd. He was only ten years old, that boy, and he did exactly what George wanted him to do. Believe me, I understand clunky dialogue."
Hamill certainly makes some good points. As geeks, we all take this stuff seriously, but it's important to keep it in perspective. The young Lloyd was just trying to do his best, though he certainly did receive a good bit of the ire and complaints from fans upset at how the first prequel film came together.
Go get 'em, Mark. Looking out for your old (young) man ... umm, yeah, you know what we mean.