Mark Hamill And Rian Johnson Talk About Luke In The Last Jedi
Just after a SXSW screening of The Last Jedi documentary, The Director and The Jedi, the titular roles of the movie came out to answer questions about the movie and Hamill's on-again off-again feelings about Luke's portrayal in it.
Hamill has been known to say in social media and interviews that he disagreed with Johnson over the way Luke Skywalker was written in the eighth movie, but has also walked the sentiment back and remarked that his disagreement does not mean he thinks director Rian Johnson was wrong. Depending on how much you liked The Last Jedi, the latter could be interpreted as Hamill being told to clam up by Disney, but the actor clarified his complicated thoughts at the panel.
"I'm like a lot of you," Hamill said to the audience. "I feel an investment in it, a certain sense of ownership, which is a joke, because I don’t own it, now Disney does. But you care! That's what happens with these films. I'm sorry I lowered my guard and expressed my misgivings about it. That belongs in the [filmmaking] process. That doesn't belong to the public. I feel bad because I made that statement before I saw the finished film."
Fans asked Hamill how he would have made the movie, to which Hamill admitted his ideas were all terrible, but also let loose the hereto unknown bombshell that he also disagreed with George Lucas while reading the script to Return of the Jedi. "I read Jedi and thought, 'Wait a sec! I thought I was heading toward the struggle of heading to the Dark Side. I'm in black. I have a glove. I see a trend here.'"
You can read a write-up of the panel at the source link below, which gives a lot of insight into the butting of heads, and why that was a positive thing, of Johnson and Hamill.