Wednesday 22 November 2017

Mark Hamill bemoans 'missed opportunity' with that death in Stars Wars: The Force Awakens

Mark Hamill says he is impressed with the latest Star Wars script
Mark Hamill says he is impressed with the latest Star Wars script
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Mark Hamill has spoken out about what he sees as a weakness in the script in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The star, who plays Luke Skywalker, in the franchise said he was disappointed that Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Luke never had a big reunion in the film.

"In fact, when I was reading it, I thought if Leia's trying to mentally contact me and she's not successful, she'll still rush to his [Han's] aid," he said.

"She'll get close to him and then get into some dire situation and then that's when I show up for a big 'Yay!' save her life – and then we rush to Han and then we're in the same position that Rey and Finn and Chewie are: too late to save him, but witnesses."

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in a scene from Star Wars: Episode VII – parts of the movie were shot in Ireland
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in a scene from Star Wars: Episode VII – parts of the movie were shot in Ireland

Han Solo died in the film and his death was witnessed by Rey and Finn and Chewie.

"Because it carries so much emotional resonance in to the next film," he said. "For us, his wife, his best friend to witness, instead of two characters who'd known him what, twenty minutes?"

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
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"

"I thought there was a great missed opportunity."

The trailer released last week for the next instalment in the series, The Last Jedi, which director Rian Johnson has said refers simply to one Jedi - and that's Luke.

Fans have been questioning the identity of the Jedi of the title.

"It's so funny when people started asking that," he said during the weekend's Star Wars Celebration. "I had never even pondered that question," he told ABC News.

"In my mind, it's singular. In my mind it is. As to whether Luke is the Last Jedi, they say in The Force Awakens he's going to find the last Jedi temple and Luke is the last Jedi."

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