Mark Hamill has revealed via Twitter that his three children made cameo appearances in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as members of the Resistance. Given the global popularity of the Star Wars franchise, it perhaps isn't surprising that many famous faces are keen to score brief on-screen appearances in that famous galaxy far, far away. This trend began with J. J. Abrams' The Force Awakens which featured appearances from Simon Pegg as Unkar Plutt, Daniel Craig as a Stormtrooper, and several others.
The Last Jedi continued this tradition on an even grander scale, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on random disgruntled alien duty, Tom Hardy and Gary Barlow donning Stormtrooper helmets, and director Edgar Wright joining the Resistance, just to name a few. Most notably, Prince William and Prince Harry also reported for Stormtrooper duty with the First Order but their scene failed to make the finished cut.
Happily, most of The Last Jedi's cameos didn't wind up on the cutting room floor and Mark Hamill has posted a tweet confirming his kids' roles in the movie and thanking director Rian Johnson for not cutting them out. According to Hamill's Tweet, his three children (Nathan, Griffin, and Chelsea) portrayed Resistance members Saile Minnau, Salaka Kuchimba, and Koo Millham. Hamill also revealed the single piece of direction he gave his children: "Pop-up FASTER or Oscar'll block ya!"
Thanks for not letting @NathanHamill @GriffinHamill & @chelseahamill wind-up on #TheLastJedi cutting-room floor @rianjohnson! And for allowing my one directorial note: "Pop-up FASTER or Oscar'll block ya!" on the 2nd & final take. #MyKidsCoolCameoAsRebelScum pic.twitter.com/TVRVE5lwHf
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 29, 2017
Hamill's confirmation certainly gives Star Wars fans something to keep an eye out for on further viewings and the reference to Oscar is most likely a nod towards fellow actor Oscar Isaac who would have been heavily involved in the Resistance scenes. Of course, Hamill's offspring aren't the only real-life Star Wars descendants to appear alongside their parents in the franchise; Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd had a cameo appearance in The Force Awakens and featured even more prominently in The Last Jedi.
Much has been made of several statements Hamill made about his initial disagreement with the direction writer-director Rian Johnson went with the role of Luke in The Last Jedi, but he ultimately saw the purpose in Johnson's vision, who has become one of his favorite directors saying "if Rian's happy, I'm happy." After some fans have voiced displeasure over the final product of The Last Jedi, Hamill expressed regret about airing his views, since many people didn't understand his context, and creative differences are a normal part of the film-making process.
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