Friday 21 July 2017

Mark Hamill on Luke Skywalker's sexuality: 'Of course he's gay'

Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker
Actors, from left, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo, appear in a scene from Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope"
Mark Hammil as Luke Skywalker
Mark Hamill arrives at the world premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Mark Hammill has finally addressed one of Star Wars' most enduring enigmas - Luke Skywalker's sexuality.

The 64-year-old actor has played the iconic role since 1977 and said Skywalker's sexuality is up for interpretation. The popular star, who is set to return to Ireland this summer to film Star Wars: Episode VIII, said he regularly receives fan mail from teenagers asking if the Jedi Master could be gay and that Star Wars: The Force Awakens producer JJ Abrams is open to exploring the possibility onscreen.

"I just read online that JJ is very much open to that. In the old days you would get fan mail," he told The Sun.

"But now fans are writing and ask all these questions, ‘I’m bullied in school... I’m afraid to come out’. They say to me, ‘Could Luke be gay?’ I’d say it is meant to be interpreted by the viewer.

Mark Hammil as Luke Skywalker
Mark Hammil as Luke Skywalker

"If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves."

Meanwhile, Disney Lucasfilm has reportedly selected Ceann Sibéal at the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula as a location for the next Star Wars movie and it is understood filming will take place over two weeks in May.

Mark Hamill arrives at the world premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles
Mark Hamill arrives at the world premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles

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