Mark Hamill has given fans a little something extra to think about when they watch ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’ The star revealed some of the history he created for himself in order to get into the mindset of an older and weary Luke Skywalker in the upcoming film.
No need for spoiler warnings here, none of this is canon. However, you may want to grab some tissues. Hamill has concocted a heartbreaking experience for one particular chapter in the character’s life after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi.’ Hamill said:
“Actors like backstories. They want to know motivation and all those things, and it’s such a blank slate. You know, if you look at it intellectually, I realized that it’s not my story anymore and so what [Luke] did or did not do in the intervening years aren’t really important to the audience at this point, but I have to work it out for myself.”
I would argue that Luke’s history is, in fact, important to ‘Star Wars’ fans. But, because most of the books and comics about Luke that were written as part of the Expanded Universe are now decanonized and classified by Lucasfilm as “Legends,” Hamill felt he had some creative freedom in creating his backstory. He explained:
“I wrote lots and lots of scenarios. I made notes that he fell in love with a woman who was a widow and had this young child.”
Now, the most dedicated among us know that the Jedi aren’t supposed to have personal relationships, so Hamill explains that Luke would have temporarily left the order during this time. This imaginary relationship with the widow had an unhappy end for Luke. Hamill said:
“He left the Jedi to raise this young child and marry this woman. And the child got hold of a lightsaber and accidentally killed himself. It’s nothing to do with the story, but when I think about gun violence and you read these tragic stories of kids getting hold of their parents’ guns and killing a sibling or themselves, I mean, I had to go to really dark places to get where Luke needed to be for this story.”
While this is just an acting method, it should serve to put Hamill’s head in the right place for all of the events to come in ‘The Last Jedi.’ Hamill explained that he would often consult with director Rian Johnson to ensure the emotions he was showing were on the right track for the film. He said:
“I sort of tested out some of my ideas just to make sure I wasn’t in conflict with anything. He was really nurturing in that regard, encouraging me to find ways to justify the actions in this movie. But like I say, that little story I told about Luke leaving the Jedi and getting married, that’s not officially what happens.”
Fans can see just how effective Hamill’s method acting is when ‘The Last Jedi’ hits theaters on December 15!