In the past few weeks and months surrounding The Last Jedi, fans critical of the movie’s lateral movement of the series rallied around actor Mark Hamill’s personal criticism of the movie. Now, Hamill is making himself clear on the subject of the eighth Star Wars film.
“I regret voicing my doubts & insecurities in public,” Hamill wrote on Twitter. “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- [Director Rian Johnson] made an all-time GREAT one! #HumbledHamilll”
Hamill was referring to a series of interviews in the press junket ahead of The Last Jedi’s release where he criticized Johnson’s vision for the series hero, Luke Skywalker.
“Luke was so optimistic and so hopeful and cheerful. Here he’s is in a very, very dark place,” Hamill told Spanish outlet SensaCine. “I said to Rian, I said, ‘Jedis don’t give up.’ Even if he had a problem, he would maybe take a year and try to regroup. But if he made a mistake, he would try and right that wrong, so right there, we had a fundamental difference.
“It’s not my story anymore,” Hamill continued. “It’s somebody else’s story, and Rian needed me to be a certain way in order to make the ending effective.”
The comments rode a wave on social media as evidence that even Hamill, a symbolic banner of Star Wars before the Disney acquisition, disliked the film. It provided evidence that The Last Jedi veered too far from what made the series great and that Luke Skywalker himself disapproved of the oft-times experimental newest movie in the series.
But Hamill has now clarified that position. He still believes in the movie, but acknowledges the difference he and Johnson had over Luke’s character.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi released in theaters on December 15. You can find our review of the movie within Andrew Reiner’s Science Fiction Weekly.