It’s been a week since the release of The LAST Jedi, and the all the backlash still keeps coming in droves. One of the biggest issues everyone that hated it had was the way Luke Skywalker passed on. Oh, I’m sorry SPOILER ALERT! When we left him at the end of Return of the Jedi he was a triumphant Jedi master with a promising life ahead of him. Last Jedi reveals that it all fell apart, and he’s a broken hermit who literally wants nothing to do with the force. Instead, he’d rather drink blue milk from the teet of a sea creature and parkour off of cliffs and catch fish with a giant spear. And guess what? I have no problem with any of that! I love grumpy Luke damn it!
In a press junket interview that’s making the rounds, Hamill doubles down on his pre-release comments that he “fundamentally disagreed” with the decisions director Rian Johnson made about Luke.
Here’s Hamill in the new interview, which you can watch below on YouTube:
I said to Ryan, I said, “Jedi’s don’t give up. I mean even if he had a problem he would maybe take a year to try and regroup, but if he made a mistake he would try and right that wrong.” So right there we had a fundamental difference, but it’s not my story anymore. It’s somebody else’s story, and Ryan needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective. That’s the crux of my problem. 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 has to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he is Jake Skywalker. He’s not my Luke Skywalker, but I had to do what Ryan wanted me to do because it serves the story well, but listen, I still haven’t accepted it completely. But it’s only a movie. I hope people like it. I hope they don’t get upset, and I came to really believe that Ryan was the exact man that they need for this job.
You know what? It’s totally cool that Hamill isn’t too jazzed about what happened to the iconic, beloved hero he played in the original trilogy. The big themes of The Last Jedi had to do with hope, learning from failure, and passing the torch on to the next generation. To do that, and to have it mean anything, the old generation needs to falter and move on. It’s not the happy ending they thought they were getting decades ago, but as The Last Jedi goes to show, nothing really ever ends.