Mark Hamill Still Regrets that Wampa Scene in Empire Strikes Back

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The Star Wars movie series is a pretty complicated one that spans decades, but at its core the movies are always about the forces of good triumphing over the forces of evil; good guys and gals do good things, because it’s good to do good. It’s a rigid system, but it’s a formula that has worked since 1977. So, naturally, it makes sense that Mark Hamill, the actor who played one of the most iconic good guys ever, Luke Skywalker, is still fuming about a random act of violence from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back.

The scene comes right at the film’s start, with Luke trudging through the snow on the ice world of Hoth. Luke is captured by a wampa, a yeti-like alien, that ends up eating his mount, a tauntaun. Luke isn’t too excited about the prospect of following his furry friend down the wampa’s gullet, so he does what he must to get away from the creature – that is, he whips out his lightsaber and lops off one of the creature’s arms.

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Fans have long seen Luke’s response as an overreaction, and that’s a sentiment Hamill shares. According to Hamill’s tweet, he objected to the scene but was reassured that the lightsaber would only graze the wampa’s fur, frightening it off. Apparently, that didn’t make for a great movie moment, because later the brief scene of the creature’s arm flopping into the snow was added.

Hamill is still adamant that this is not something Luke would do, as the wampa was just hungry, not the corrupted, power hungry Sith lord of an evil, violent, expansionist empire. But, you know, when the snow is flying on Hoth it’s hard to tell make out heads or tails.

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Hopefully, Hamill will be carrying his diehard opinions about Luke’s morality into the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which sees the one-time Padawan return to the big screen after his cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Opening Dec. 15, Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi features returning cast members 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 Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Benicio del Toro as “DJ” and Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo.

(via io9)

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