Spoiler alert: if you haven't seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet, this one isn't for you.
A few months before The Last Jedi's release, Mark Hamill had hinted that he was surprized by the movie's script and, more precisely, by his character's role in it. In a kind of offhand way it was suggested that the Star Wars veteran had clashed with director Rian Johnson over various decisions surrounding Luke Skywalker's fate.
With the movie released just about everywhere, fans are starting to understand what the controversy was all about. As we now know, the film sees Luke abandon his Jedi destiny and live a life of exile instead of fighting with the Resistance. Today, Hamill has finally taken the chance to speak out in more detail about his problem with the film – and this time he hasn't held back.
In a new clip uploaded to YouTube channel Jar Jar Abrams, Hamill reveals:
"I said to [director Rian Johnson], 'Jedis don't give up.' I mean, even if [Luke] had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup, but if he made a mistake, he would try to right that wrong, so right there, we had a fundamental difference.
It's not my story anymore, it's somebody else's story and Rian needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective. That's the crux of my problem. Luke would never say that. I'm sorry.
In this version...see, I'm talking about the George Lucas Star Wars, this is the next generation of Star Wars. I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he's 'Jake Skywalker,' he's not my Luke Skywalker. But I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it serves the story well.
Listen, I still haven't accepted it completely, but it's only a movie. I hope people like it. I hope they don't get upset. I came to really believe that Rian was the exact man they needed for this job."
It has since been pointed out, however, that Luke's exile was based on plans George Lucas had originally made for The Force Awakens.
So while Rian Johnson did take a slightly different direction to what Lucas had planned, we can rest easy knowing that the franchise's main man had planned on a similar outcome for the character.