Mark Hamill, Rian Johnson Talk Skywalker Differences & More Star Wars News

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It’s been a source of constant debate and infighting among Star Wars fans ever since The Last Jedi came out. When certain corners of the fandom were disappointed by director Rian Johnson’s take on Luke Skywalker, they pointed to an old comment from Mark Hamill. The original quote came from a Vanity Fair feature back in May 2017. Hamill told a story about how he “fundamentally disagreed” with everything Johnson did with Luke. Out of frustration with how The Last Jedi turned out, some people started spreading the quote around again, claiming it to be proof that Hamill hated the movie too. This belief requires them to ignore two things. One: It was a story of a conversation that took place before filming had begun. Making a movie is a huge, collaborative process, and disagreements happen. Compromises are made, people come to see others’ opinions, a lot can change in the time between those initial conversations and the movie actually coming out. Two: He never once said he didn’t like the movie. Now, the actor and director have come together to talk about that disagreement. Hopefully this puts the matter to rest for good.

During a Q&A session during the BAFTAs, the pair shed some light on what exactly those disagreements were. Hamill even began with some nice words about his initial reaction. “I was amazed at the complexity of it. That it was so challenging in the range of the range of emotions, every color in the pallet. Mine happened to be of a darker hue,” Hamill said.

Johnson went on to clarify exactly why he took Luke to the places he did. “That was part of the challenge with the character of Luke. It felt like I couldn’t have him on the island because he’s a coward or he’s giving up. He had to have an active reason he was there,” Johnson said. “His reason is, he genuinely believes the Jedi are a hindrance to the galaxy. And so he actually turns it into this kind of heroic act he’s taken on his shoulders of, he knows his friends are suffering and he’s making the choice to do the most painful, difficult thing for him, which is take himself out of the fight.”\

Star Wars: The Last Jedi BAFTA Q&A (Photo: Screenshot via Walt Disney Studios)

Hamill described the process of having to put aside what he wanted and concentrate on Johnson’s vision. Because that’s an actor’s job. “Well, you have to trust someone. As long as I was able to express my reservations about Luke, because you can’t help but feel some measure of ownership like ‘Luke wouldn’t say that,’ or ‘Luke wouldn’t do this.’ But once we had that conversation, my job was to wipe out what Mark Hamill wants and do my best to realize Rian’s vision,” Hamill said. “And I thought I’m going to turn over everything. I usually have an inner mechanism that says, ‘this feels right, this doesn’t feel right,’ but all throughout the process, he’d say, ‘we got it.’ I’d say ‘shouldn’t we do one more?’ and he’d say ‘no, we got it.’ I said, well, Rian, if you’re happy, I’m happy. He was my seeing-eye dog, so if I’ve succeeded in any way, it’s all because of Rian. And also if I fail, it’s also because of Rian. See, a Jedi never takes responsibility.”

As great and hilarious a burn on the Jedi as that last line was, if you go back and watch the movies, it’s true. The Jedi aren’t the all-good, all-knowing force they pretend to be. They essentially become a sovereign military that never questions their own methods. To the point where the assume “bringing balance to The Force” means wiping out the Sith for good. Instead, it means wiping out all but a very small few Jedi while two Sith Lord rule the galaxy. And when things go wrong, they exile themselves in deserts and swamps. Jedi never take responsibility and the reality is always different from the myth. Which, you know, was the whole point of The Last Jedi.

Kelly Marie Tran and John Boyega in Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Canto Blight (Photo via StarWars.com)

In other, funnier Star Wars news from the BAFTA Q&A, Luke Skywalker isn’t the only character Hamill played in the new trilogy. A talented voice actor, Hamill did motion capture and voice work for CGI characters in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. He wouldn’t reveal exactly who he played in The Force Awakens, and his role is entirely uncredited. All we know is it’s a CG alien, so it’s probably someone in Maz’s bar. So next time you rewatch that movie, listen extra close to any of the aliens who have spoken lines. One of them could be Mark Hamill.

As for Hamill’s role in The Last Jedi, Johnson happily revealed who Hamill plays. If you read all the credits at the end of the movie, you’ll see Hamill is credited as Dobbu Scray. That name is never once mentioned in the movie. During the Q&A, Hamill revealed exactly who that was. “So, he picked out that character in the casino; you know, this drunk feeding coins into BB-8,” Hamill said. That is a hilarious second part for Hamill to play. The actor initially wanted to keep his role a secret, much like he did with The Force Awakens, but Johnson billed him in the credits, so we guess he figured he might as well go public with it.

Finally, we’ve known for a while that Lucasfilm wants to make an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie after the current trilogy is done. There are no details other than that, but many fans have wondered when that movie would take place. If it’s set between Episodes III and VI, it would only make sense for Ewan McGregor to reprise his role. After his Golden Globe win for Fargo last night, McGregor talked about the possibility of returning to the role of Obi Wan Kenobi, Entertainment Weekly reports.

“There’s a lot of talk. I’d be happy to play him again. But I don’t know any more about it than you do. There’s no plan at the moment,” he said.

So basically, he’d be down for it if Disney and Lucasfilm wanted him. It seems like an easy enough casting decision, but Disney has almost entirely ignored the prequels since they bought Lucasfilm. Given the series’s bad reputation, they may not want to make any decisions that remind fans of how much they disliked those movies. It’s easy to see why they’d be nervous about bringing McGregor back, but it would be a shame if they didn’t. McGregor is a very good actor, and was not at all the problem with those movies. In fact, he might have been the best thing about them. Fans did notice the beard he wore at the awards did make him look very much like old Ben. Then this morning, this image of McGregor training for… something started making the rounds on Twitter.

Tony Horton posted this image of Ewan McGregor training on Facebook.

Hello Obi-Wan Kenobi, we've missed you 😏 pic.twitter.com/xU5nMAiPsv

— Star Wars Stuff (@starwarstuff) January 7, 2018

You have to admit, he’s looking more and more like a Jedi master these days. If he really hasn’t heard anything, maybe this is his way of reminding Disney and Lucasfilm that he’s still here and he’s still perfect for the role.

 

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