We all know how the topic of Luke’s fate at the conclusion of Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi can stir up quite a lively (and sometimes hostile) debate among members of the Star Wars fan community. The man behind the character himself, Mark Hamill, has publicly stated his thoughts/concerns over how Luke was handled in Episode VIII on several occasions. During a recent interview with IGN, Hamill returned back to that controversial talking point and offered up some must-read comments. A few of his quotes are copied below, so check them out and then head on over to IGN for the full interview.

“There’s just such a huge gap between Return of the Jedi and Force Awakens – I had to really contemplate that,” Mark Hamill tells me in an interview. “I said ‘hey, how did I go from being the most optimistic, positive character to this cranky, suicidal man who wants people to get off his island?’”

“It was a radical change, but I think sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone is a good thing […] Although a part of me said to Rian, ‘but you know, a Jedi would never give up’. My concept of the character was that even if I chose the New Hitler thinking he was the New Hope, yeah I’d feel terrible, but I wouldn’t secret myself on an island and then turn off the Force.”