Oh, Mark. You just can’t seem to keep quiet, can you?
We get it. You’re somewhat thrilled that Hollywood is finally taking you seriously again, after all these years. Interviewers want to know your thoughts about the universe, and you like watching them hang on your every word.
The appropriate way to behave in this scenario, though, is probably not to go out of your way to talk trash about The Last Jedi. That’s probably not going to win you any friends over at Lucasfilm.
A little while ago, Mark Hamill made a statement that was uncharacteristically frank about his opinion of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars storytelling, particularly how it relates to Luke Skywalker. He went into a fair amount of detail, but the ultimate message can be summed up nicely in one quote:
“I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character’.”
Woah. Mark Hamill gets points for honesty, but if he was hoping to spare Rian Johnson some embarrassment, it probably wasn’t a good idea to retell this story in an interview with Vanity Fair.
Naturally, the wheels have been spinning at Disney. The company can’t have one of their big stars openly attacking their director – that looks terrible!
The result is another statement from Hamill, designed to clear up this little misunderstanding, which feels more than a little like, somewhere in a dark basement, a Disney employee has Mark’s favorite cuddly Chewbacca tied to a chair.
“I got into trouble because… I was quoted as saying to Rian that I fundamentally disagree with everything you decided about Luke, and it was inartfully [sic] phrased. What I was, was surprised at how he saw Luke. And it took me a while to get around to his way of thinking, but once I was there it was a thrilling experience. I hope it will be for the audience too.”
To his eternal credit, Mark Hamill isn’t retracting his earlier statement. He’s clearly still not fully on board with how mopey and whiny and useless Luke Skywalker is, but, having been given time to think about it (and the enormous paycheck that comes from his work with Disney), Mark is willing to accept that there’s something novel to this approach.
Either way, it doesn’t matter. The lesson to take away from this is that, in The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker is a grumpy, unlikable waste of space, who rejects Rey’s helpful suggestion that maybe the First Order should be stopped before they conquer the galaxy.
Oh well, at least his beard is cool.