To celebrate the Jedi Master himself Mark Hamill turning 66 years young today, Lucasfilm’s dandy Dan Brooks had the opportunity to interview Mark about his decades-long inclusion in the worldwide Star Wars phenomenon. Mark touches on a variety of subjects during the interview with Dan (a snippet in which Mark talks about returning to the saga all these years later as an older Luke Skywalker has been copied below), so set aside a few minutes from your busy day and head on over to the official site to read what Mark had to say.
StarWars.com: So I know you can’t say too much about The Last Jedi, and I think we both would get in trouble if you did. But stepping back into a role for a character 30 years after the fact is a rare opportunity for an actor. I’m curious how you approached it in terms of going back to that place where you were, playing him so long ago, but then also having to update it for where Luke might be at now in The Last Jedi.
Mark Hamill: Okay, well, your job when you read a script is to figure out what is required of your character to make the screenplay as successful as it can be when it’s realized on film. What’s my role in the overall scope of things?
The problem here was that he’s had, like you say, the 30-plus years of history, which is never really spelled out. J.J. [Abrams in The Force Awakens] used the character, it was so ambiguous. I look back now and I say, “What else was he supposed to do?” I mean, here he has to come up with this whole new set of characters. He has to finish the Han Solo storyline. If he had to also include me, it would have been just laden with exposition. Better to shove Luke down the road and resolve his story later.