Star Wars: The Last Jedi was 2017’s most-anticipated movies, with a majority of fans appreciating the bold new territories writer/director Rian Johnson has explored, with regards to the film’s portrayal of Luke Skywalker. Actor Mark Hamill has regularly defended both the film and Johnson’s decisions; however, a few critics continued to voice their disapproval over the film. The actor recently reminded audiences that, either way, whether in The Last Jedi, Solo or any of the prequels, everybody can’t be happy.
“This is the only franchise where, if you go on Twitter, they say, ‘If such and such happens, I am so out.’ So now they’re speculating about things they don’t want to see,” Hamill shared with Entertainment Tonight. “It surprises me, but, look, you can’t please everybody. You just have to try and make the best story you can. I was taken aback by it, but, who knows? Not everybody likes broccoli. Some people like carrots or Brussels sprouts better. That’s just the way life is.”
There are few franchises that have such a massive cult-like following like the Star Wars franchise. That being said, loyal fans are also turning into critics regarding the new developments taking place in the overall saga. When The Force Awakens debuted, fans complained that the storyline was all too similar to the original trilogy. With The Last Jedi, fans were unhappy with the direction that Johnson had pushed the film into. Regarding the comments he made before the film’s release, Hamill had this to say when it came to defending the direction story took.
“I was amazed at the complexity of it, that it was so challenging, the range of emotions, every color in the pallet,” Hamill shared during a BAFTA Q&A session. “Mine happened to be of a darker hue.”
“That was part of the challenge with the character of Luke,” Johnson added.
“It felt like I couldn’t have him on the island because he’s a coward or he’s giving up. He had to have an active reason he was there. His reason is, he genuinely believes the Jedi are a hindrance to the galaxy. And so he actually turns it into this kind of heroic act he’s taken on his shoulders of, he knows his friends are suffering and he’s making the choice to do the most painful, difficult thing for him, which is take himself out of the fight.”
“Well, you have to trust someone,” Hamill confirmed. “As long as I was able to express my reservations about Luke — because you can’t help but feel some measure of ownership like ‘Luke wouldn’t say that,’ or ‘Luke wouldn’t do this,’ — but once we had that conversation, my job was to wipe out what Mark Hamill wants and do my best to realize Rian’s vision.”
The Last Jedi is running in theatres and is expected to release on Blu-ray in March. Solo: A Star Wars Story will release on May 25.