When it came to people who were the most disappointed by the new Star Wars films, no one was seemingly more upset than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
During the filming of the newest installment to the epic space franchise, The Last Jedi, Hamill was very open about his disappointment concerning the direction of the films, and while the Skywalker actor is saying that he’s to keep a bit quieter about the films going forward, he’s still signaling that he’s not at all happy about where the franchise went.
Sitting down with Den of Geeks, Skywalker spoke about his upcoming roll in the series “Knightfall,” where Hamill will go from playing a knight in a galaxy far, far away, to a knight of medieval Europe.
During the interview, Hamill acknowledged that his speaking out against the direction TLJ director Rian Johnson had gotten him into trouble, and that he’d decided that he would quit doing so.
“The thing is, Luke changed so much between the first trilogy and the last trilogy,” Hamill told DoG. “I got myself into trouble. I made a vow – I said that I’m not going to talk about the movies anymore, because I think it’s important for the audience to see them.”
With that said, this didn’t stop Hamill from voicing his opinion on a few things according to DoG, including the fact that Luke will never reunite with Leia and Han again, and that Luke killed off so early:
Some decisions still rankle, though. He remains shocked by Han Solo’s fate: slain by his own son and Luke’s nephew, the powerful Dark Side warrior Kylo Ren (formerly known as Ben Solo) in the sequel trilogy’s opening instalment, The Force Awakens. ‘I just thought, Luke’s never going to see his best friend again. You look at it in a self-centred way. I said that it was a big mistake that those three people would never reunite in any way. I guess I was wrong, because nobody seems to care! I have to stipulate that I care, but it didn’t really seem to affect the larger audience. Luke, Han and Leia will never be together again, and I’ll probably never get to work with Harrison again. Then the second thing was that they killed me off. I thought: oh, okay, you should push my death off to the last one. That’s what I was hoping when I came back: no cameos and a run-of-the-trilogy contract. Did I get any of those things? Because as far as I’m concerned, the end of VII is really the beginning of VIII. I got one movie! They totally hornswoggled (tricked) me.’
Hamill also had some problems with minor things in the script as well that more or less proved that the past doesn’t matter to people like Johnson.
‘They had me walking by 3PO, not even acknowledging him. I said: “I can’t do that! He (The Last Jedi’s director, Rian Johnson) said, “Okay, go over and do whatever.” So I went over, and I did whatever. They say it in the script: “Forget the past, kill it if you have to”, and they’re doing a pretty good job!”
Hamill definitely isn’t the only Star Wars fan who felt entirely let down by the latest batch of sequels. Many fans felt entirely betrayed by Disney’s run of Star Wars, with unceremonious deaths of beloved characters, lazy storylines, political and social justice messages, and a Mary Sue lead that many just can’t seem to relate to.
Producer and Director J.J. Abrams went so far as to blame the backlash for the new Star Wars films on a “fear of women.” Meanwhile, a study released attempted to blame the failure of the new movies on “Russian trolls.”
This angered Star Wars fans more, causing other Star Wars films such as Solo: A Star Wars story to fail, and causing Disney to put other Star Wars side projects on hold.
According to rumors, this sudden dropoff of groundswell around the franchise caused Disney execs to reportedly weigh a “reset” for the films. What this “reset” means is anyone’s guess, but one thing is confirmed, and that’s that Disney is now looking to space Star Wars films out a lot more in terms of releases.