Mark Hamill Talks To IGN About Luke’s Portrayal In ‘The Last Jedi’

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.”

Justin LaSalata
Located in New York with his wife Dianna, Justin LaSalata is the US Editor of Jedi News responsible for reporting on all areas of Star Wars related news as well as coverage from NY Comic Con and Toy Fair NY.