Mark Hamill is the latest to share his support for Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Kelly Marie Tran. Recently, the actress erased her Instagram account after months of enduring harassment from people who did not like either the film or Tran's character Rose, a Resistance mechanic who accompanies Finn to Canto Bight. Many found this development severely upsetting, as in the months leading up to The Last Jedi, Tran became known for her genuine enthusiasm and kindheartedness, which won over several fans.
In the wake of Tran taking down all of her posts (the account itself remains active as of this writing), several have come to her defense. This includes Tran's fellow Star Wars family members, Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo. Now, she has yet another prominent figure in the galaxy far, far away in her corner: Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
Hamill took to his Twitter account to post a picture of himself with Tran as the two pose for a picture at an event. Much like Johnson, it appears Hamill has no time or patience for the trolls, as evidenced by the caption, "What's not to love? #GetALifeNerds." You can see the photo for yourself in the space below:
Hamill and Tran did not share any screen time in The Last Jedi, but the two had plenty of time to bond during the lengthy press tour, where Hamill evidently became fond of the youngster's infectious personality. The Star Wars veteran seems to have carved out nice relationships with the new guard of the sequel trilogy. He's had some humorous exchanges with John Boyega on Twitter (with Boyega constantly referring to Hamill as "dad") and became good friends with Daisy Ridley thanks to their time together on set. It really shouldn't surprise anyone Hamill took the opportunity to call out Tran's attackers, particularly since this isn't the first time the actor's expressed anger over the way fans treated a Star Wars actor. He previously defended Jake Lloyd, who drew the ire of moviegoers for his performance as Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace.
Hopefully Tran is aware of the outpouring of love and support that's been sent her way since the Instagram incident, and she didn't allow a vocal minority of the fan base to dampen her spirits. As the first woman of color to have a main role in a Star Wars film, Tran's Rose was a very significant character and meant a lot to millions of people around the world. It remains to be seen if she'll be back in Episode IX, but a lot of viewers would like to see her return and deliver another emotional turn as Rose. For the time being, people would be best served remembering Rose's final line in Episode VIII, "That's how we're gonna win. Not fighting what we hate, saving what we love."
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