Following his controversial comments about Luke Skywalker's characterization in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, star Mark Hamill taken to Twitter to clear things up. The actor expressed his regret for sharing his doubts about his character's new direction and praised the film as an "all-time great one."
I regret voicing my doubts & insecurities in public.Creative differences are a common element of any project but usually remain private. All I wanted was to make good movie. I got more than that- @rianjohnson made an all-time GREAT one! #HumbledHamill https://t.co/8ujJfBuEdV— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 26, 2017
"I regret voicing my doubts and insecurities in public. Creative differences are a common element of any project but usually remain private," he wrote. "All I wanted was to make good movie. I got more than that -- [director Rian Johnson] made an all-time GREAT one!" He concluded the Tweet with the hashtag "HumbledHamill."
In his Tweet, Hamill also quoted an earlier interview in which he said, "I've had trouble accepting what [Rian Johnson] saw for Luke. But again, I mean, I have to say, having seen the movie, I was wrong. I think being pushed out of your comfort zone is a good thing, because -- if it was just another benevolent Jedi training young padawans -- we've seen it!"
Late last week, an interview where Hamill voiced his struggle with Luke's characterization in The Last Jedi resurfaced online. “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," he had said at the time. "Maybe he’s ‘Jake’ Skywalker, he’s not my Luke Skywalker.” The video has since been removed.
Hamill’s concerns with how Johnson chose to depict Luke in The Last Jedi are well-documented. 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.” He would downplay those remarks the following month, but even at a press junket just days before The Last Jedi‘s theatrical release, Hamill would reiterate that his and Johnson’s vision for Luke simply didn’t line up. However, per this latest Tweet, Hamill seems to have come to terms with the new Luke.
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 in theaters worldwide.