Mark Hamill was initially “appalled” when he learned the runtime of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but his reaction changed significantly upon seeing the film, which he went on to compare to The Godfather.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Hamill said, “The good news is I’ve seen it, and it’s like The Godfather. It doesn’t feel that long and I’m really cranky. I’m one of those guys where you go see, like, a big superhero movie and you go, ‘I really love it, but it’s too long!’”
Other films “have an ending, and then another ending, and then a mini-ending, and then post-credit sequence,” Hamill lamented. “I guess it’s ‘cause they want people to feel like they’re getting their money’s worth. But I say get it on! Get your story on, get it done, and get off! Leave them wanting more rather than going, ‘Oh, gosh,’ and shifting in their seats and checking their watches.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi clocks in at 152 minutes, making it the longest film in the history of the franchise, edging out 2002’s Star Wars: Attack of the Clones which had a runtime of 142 minutes. Comparatively, 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens clocked in at 135 minutes.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15 and stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa.
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