With all the talk about Luke’s handling in this trilogy, it seems like this has been going on for decades. It’s been over a year since Star Wars: The Last Jedi and over three years since The Force Awakens, but actor Mark Hamill just can’t get enough of talking about how he would have changed those films. Now, in a new THR podcast, the actor who played Luke Skywalker in the classic “Star Wars” franchise is opening up about how he wasn’t very pleased with his introduction in the new trilogy and his ultimate fate. Okay, I think we all get it now.
It needs to be pointed out that he isn’t discussing simply about The Last Jedi. Instead, he’s going all the way back to ‘The Force Awakens,’ which was directed by J.J. Abrams. We are all aware, Hamill’s Luke Skywalker doesn’t show up until the final scene of the film. However, if Mark Hamill had his way, that’s not even close to how the story would have gone. In fact, he even pitched his idea for a story that would have fixed a “missed opportunity.”
“Everyone talks about the shock of realizing that on ‘Force Awakens’ I don’t come in until the last page,” he said (via THR/Comicbook.com). “A bigger shock to me was them killing Han Solo before Luke could ever see his best friend again.”
He added, “I mean, it might be selfishly motivated, but I said, ‘Holy cow, that’s a real missed opportunity.’ Even having the three of us together, even briefly. I pitched [J.J.] Abrams on the idea of, ‘You can still have me come in at the very end, but how about this. How about Leia’s trying to contact me telepathically, she gets frustrated because there’s no answers, so she rushes to the new Death Star’–that’s three, so far.”
“And she almost gets there but she gets stopped by two Stormtroopers, and just before she’s abducted, one Stormtrooper turns to the other one, blows him away, pulls off his helmet and says, ‘Hi, sis, I’m here to rescue you.’ I say, ‘It’ll blow the roof off the joint, I’m still in it at the very end,’” Hamill continued.
Yes, the audience would have enjoyed it, but it would have been strictly fan service. While the initial excitement of seeing the three together again would have been fun, it would not have stood up to the test of time.
“I think it’s more effective to have people that really have a history with Han Solo witness his death and be unable to stop it,” the actor said. “His wife, the mother of his child, his best friend, instead of two characters that have known him, what, 20 minutes? But they get the keys to the kingdom, and they’re the deciders, so you just have to live with it.”
Yes, everyone has to live with it. Although, Mark Hamill could’ve turned it down once you say yourself in the final page. You did not have to be in the film and that would’ve said a statement. However, you did. You have complained about each film after filming is complete and yet you have worked on the next one. Maybe you should’ve either put up or shut up – in the end. We didn’t force you to jump into it. You did that yourself.