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Warning! Major spoilers to follow for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Come back later if you haven't seen it yet.
Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a film that surprised a lot of people. While fans had spent two years building up certain expectations for how events would go down in the anticipated sequel, the blockbuster shocked fans with twists at every turn -- from the revelation about Rey's parents being nobody to Luke's first reaction seeing his father's lightsaber. It ultimately had the effect of rubbing some folks the wrong way, but to hear star Mark Hamill talk about it, you begin to understand why all of those choices were important:
This was just the start of my recent conversation with the legendary actor, whom I had the opportunity to sit down with earlier this month during a special Star Wars: The Last Jedi press day in Dublin, Ireland. Right out of the gate I told Mark Hamill how much I appreciate the way in which the movie subverts expectations, and asked for his thoughts regarding the importance of those decisions made by writer/director Rian Johnson. Hamill certainly agreed, and then went into major detail about why the filmmaker's choices were the correct ones.
Similar to comments he made back in December when he was first really promoting Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill told me that he initially recoiled at the path set down for Luke Skywalker by Rian Johnson, but it was something that he eventually understood by digging into the larger context of the material. He related the path of the heroic Jedi to the direction that our world has taken since Star Wars first became a thing back in mid-20th century, and came to the realization that Luke's cynicism is well-earned in contrast to the optimism he personally possessed as a young kid. Hamill explained,
Unfortunately, prying this secret backstory from Mark Hamill has proven an impossible task thus far -- but perhaps someday we'll learn about his interpretation of what happened to Luke Skywalker after Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi.
Getting back to the subject matter, though, Mark Hamill continued saying that the development of Luke made filming Star Wars: The Last Jedi a challenging experience, because the character's sadness legitimately conflicted with the amount of fun he had working on the movie. That said, he also earned an appreciation for a new viewpoint within the classically black-and-white morality of the franchise, explaining that he weirdly connected a lot with DJ, the character played by Benicio Del Toro:
You can watch Mark Hamill discuss at length the surprising subversion of expectations in Star Wars: The Last Jedi by clicking play on the video below:
Mark Hamill was an utter delight to talk to -- and this is only a portion of my interview. Head over here to learn about the actor's experience working with a giant BB-8 while doing some performance capture work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and stay tuned for more here on CinemaBlend. And if all of this gets you excited to see the film once again, the good news is that it's now available on all home video formats, including digital download, Blu-ray, DVD, and more.