Mark Hamill: ‘I feel a certain ownership of Luke’

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi was not a project free from controversy, and one of the biggest fuels to that fire was Mark Hamill’s comments about the direction of the Luke character.

Despite publicly saying that he disagreed with some of director Rian Johnson’s decisions, he has since come around to how Luke’s journey wrapped up.

Speaking at SXSW, he said: “It just wasn’t a Luke I understood… When you get down to it, it’s not Mark Hamill in a blockbuster film. It’s Luke. I had to do a wild reimagining of the character. Like, hey, what happened between the last one and this one, where the most hopeful man in the galaxy becomes a cranky old suicidal man telling people to get off his lawn?

“I’m like a lot of you. I feel an investment in it, a certain sense of ownership, which is a joke, because I don’t own it, now Disney does. But you care! That’s what happens with these films. I’m sorry I lowered my guard and expressed my misgivings about it. That belongs in the [filmmaking] process. That doesn’t belong to the public. I feel bad because I made that statement before I saw the finished film.”