While Luke Skywalker was missing in action until the very end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the upcoming sequel The Last Jedi promises to feature the character more prominently and answer some of the questions that the previous film raised. However, actor Mark Hamill wasn’t initially a fan of the direction director Rian Johnson was taking his character.
In an interview back in May, Hamill noted that he told Johnson, “I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character.” Though Hamill did offer praise for Johnson after making those remarks, and said that he would do his best to realize the director’s vision for the hero, the statement still proved to be quite controversial.
Now, in an interview with Variety at the Tony Awards, Hamill walked his statement back further.
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.
Although he has not yet seen the movie, Hamill expressed his utmost confidence in Johnson and praised his filmmaking prowess. “Rian Johnson is an amazing filmmaker,” he said. “And if you look at Brick, or Brothers Bloom, or Looper, each film is different from the last one and they’re so inventive. And I think people will be really pleased and surprised, I know I was.”
Hamill has played Luke Skywalker in four movies, one critically-panned Christmas special and various other places since the first Star Wars movie hit theaters in 1977. The actor is also famous for voicing the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and the Batman: Arkham game series.
Debuting in theaters December 15, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a production of Lucasfilm directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke.