Luke Skywalker himself, actor Mark Hamill is talking to StarWars.com about his role as the iconic Star Wars character and what it has meant to portray him through the years…
Mark Hamill is about to blow up the big screen again, when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters worldwide on December 15. The last time Hamill portrayed Luke in a Star Wars film was for the briefest of moments at the end of 2015’s The Force Awakens.
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Although The Last Jedi has had only one trailer, up to this point, Hamill arguably uttered the most divisive phrases he’s ever said as Luke Skywalker: “It is time for the Jedi to end,” causing Star Wars fans everywhere to begin theorizing what the old Jedi Master meant.
Speaking with StarWars.com Hamill talked about the iconic role of Luke Skywalker, all the way from the beginning, to where we are now. Like, how he is Rey’s father, obviously. When asked, Hamill laughed.
The actor does talk about the massive production that was The Last Jedi:
"The complexity of it is just mind-boggling to me, and how [director] Rian Johnson stays so even-tempered and amiable. I never saw him lose his temper, I never heard him curse or humiliate someone. You know, I’ve had directors that dress people down in front of the whole crew. I was so lucky to be able to have his guidance. Everyone says, “Oh, it must be so fun coming back to Star Wars.” Yeah, it’s fun but it’s also hugely intimidating and bordering on terrifying, because it’s just almost too high profile for comfort."
We’ve heard this over and over about director Rian Johnson, and if his cast is even halfway correct about his vision for the film, The Last Jedi might even blow our minds. Hamill went on to talk about his first scene with the legendary Sir Alec Guinness.
"He took me out to lunch before we shot to get to know me. Again, I was so formal and I wanted to talk about all those movies I mentioned, and he said [in Alec Guinness voice], “No, no, no. I want to hear about your career.” I thought, “Really? You want to hear about a soap opera and a dog food commercial?”"
There is a ton of great content in Hamill’s interview with StarWars.com, and I highly suggest you dig into it, as it will open your eyes to things not previously, or widely known.
Again, Hamill will grace the big screen when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.