Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has gone ahead and debunked many of the popular fan theories for the newly-released Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Star Wars fandom has certainly been no stranger to the fan theory phenomenon, especially since Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 and started making new movies again. Everyone has heard theories about who Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) parents are, whether Luke Skywalker might turn evil, and other potential twists and turns on the way in the movies to come. Now, that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is actually playing in theaters, a key player in the Star Wars universe has weighed in on those theories: Luke Skywalker himself.
In a video for Rolling Stone’s website called “Fan Theory Exploder”, Hamill debunks some of the funnier theories that Star Wars fans have proposed about what goes on in The Last Jedi. Aside from Hamill disproving some rather outlandish stuff, the video (see above) contains no significant spoilers for the actual movie, for those who have yet to see it on the big screen.
In the five-minute video, Hamill deals with theories involving Rey chasing after Porgs in her Jedi training, just exactly how Force-sensitive Leia is, Poe Dameron waking up Finn in a surprising way, rumors of a BB-8/BB-9E duel, Snoke being a secret Ewok, Chewbacca’s post-smuggling career, the Luke/R2 relationship and whether or not a character will lose a hand. Hamill also reveals that he spoke with retired Star Wars creator George Lucas recently and that while Lucas’ “original outline for 7, 8 and 9” dealt with Leia’s abilities, the actual films don’t follow that outline.
One thing illustrated by the video is just how welcome it is that Mark Hamill, and Luke Skywalker, are central to Star Wars once again. People used to love to mock the young Hamill’s acting in the original Star Wars movie trilogy, but in The Last Jedi he gives a strong, assured performance that’s true to the character’s history, and is also central to many of the film’s most important moments. Luke has assumed something of a beloved elder statesman role, and now Hamill has as well.
The video also shows that Hamill’s got about 40 years worth of insights into Luke Skywalker and the Star Wars mythology itself. Carrie Fisher, shortly before her death, wrote a memoir about her experiences with Star Wars; here's to hoping Hamill does the same one day.
Source: Rolling Stone
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