***Please be warned there are spoilers below***
During the build up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi there was talk of creative differences between Mark Hamill and director Rian Johnson. At the time we were unsure what it could be about, but now that the film has been released we know why, it was because of the depiction of Luke Skywalker as a broken man.
The Last Jedi showed us a Luke like we had never seen before, he has given up on the Jedi and maybe even the force itself. It seems that Hamill did not agree with this depiction of Luke and how he turned his back on the resistance and those he loved.
During a press event Hamill explained his issues with Johnson’s take on the grizzled Skywalker and how George Lucas would have never taken this dark turn.
“I said to Rian: ‘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. That’s the crux of my problem. Luke would never say that. I’m sorry. Well in this version, see I’m talking about the George Lucas Star Wars. This is the next generation of Star Wars, so I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he is Jake Skywalker.
He’s not my Luke Skywalker, but I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well, but listen, 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 need for this job.”
Hamill did admit that the pain Luke Skywalker had to go through were necessary in order to keep Star Wars moving forward, and that it’s no longer about the Skywalkers. Rather its time for them to zoom out and look at the bigger picture. – Jacob Campbell
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now.
Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy