Mark Hamill Fundamentally Disagreed With Rian Johnsonâ€™s Vision For Luke Skywalker
Yesterday’s Vanity Fair’s cover storyÂ gave us all kindsÂ of insight into Lucasfilm’s upcoming sequel,Â Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but theyÂ aren’t done dropping new snippets of information about the movie, and we just read somethingÂ that’s worth discussing in a littleÂ more detail.
Mark Hamill, who plays one of the most iconic characters in film history, says he “fundamentally disagreed” with the way The Last Jedi writer/director Rian JohnsonÂ envisioned Luke SkywalkerÂ in the new film. Whoa.
Here’s the selection from a newÂ Vanity Fair article:
Likewise, after reading Rian Johnsonâ€™s script for The Last Jedi, Hamill said, “I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice youâ€™ve made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what youâ€™ve created and do my best to realize your vision.’”
Hamill noted that he has the utmost respect for Johnson and The Force Awakensâ€™s director, J.J. Abrams, and is pleased with how both films have turned out. He just wanted to be heard. To both directors, Hamill said, he delivered a version of this spiel: “I have thousands of really terrible ideas I would love to share with you, among which you mightâ€”just law of averagesâ€”find a nugget of something and go, ‘Thatâ€™s not as terrible as the other 35 you just told us.’”
The fact that Mark Hamill disagreed with Rian Johnson isn’t notable on its own because disagreements happen all the timeÂ on movie sets. But the idea that he “fundamentally disagreed” with every single decision Johnson made about Luke Skywalker seems notable,Â even if Hamill ultimately did what he was hired to do andÂ submitted to the writer/director’s vision.
It raises a fascinating question. Who has more ownership over a character: the person who plays him, or the oneÂ tasked with inventing and tellingÂ aÂ canonical story about him?Â They’re both adding different types of creativity to collaborate and make sure the final product is the best it can possibly be, but I can totally see why Hamill would object if he didn’t agree with some of his character’s actions or decisions. After all, he’s the one who’s going to have to answer questions about Luke’s behaviorÂ at conventions for the rest of his life.
Star Wars: The Last JediÂ arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017.
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