It’s no secret that fans took exception with a number of the creative decisions made by Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson. In fact, even Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has been vocal with his criticism of how his character was depicted in the film. However, despite downplaying his opposition in recent months, there's still one scene that has Hamill scratching his head: Luke milking the thala-siren on Ahch-To.
While speaking with IGN, Hamill discussed Johnson's decision to cut a scene in which Luke took a brief moment to mourn the death of Han Solo, contrasting the raw human emotion of that moment with the milking scene.
"But that always happens in films," he said. "You say, 'Oh, what about this scene where this happens or that happens?' because you want to give the fullest experience that you can. And like you say, it was brief enough that I was -- [chuckles] They had time for me to milk that big alien but to show any human emotion? Nah, we don't have time for that. But again it's not my call."
During the scene in question, Luke proceeds to go about his daily routine on Ahch-To, while Rey follows along and watches the aging Jedi Master. Approaching one of the large thala-sirens, Luke grabs ahold of the creature's udders and collects a healthy supply of green milk. He then takes a large gulp from his canteen while glaring at Rey, who looks on in both confusion and disgust.
Obviously, this and the mourning scene were completely unrelated, so Hamill is clearly joking by using one to excuse or dismiss the other. Still, some fans would likely agree that The Last Jedi would have benefitted from more heartfelt moments and less humor.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi 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. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and On-Demand.