Star Wars star Mark Hamill revealed why he gets upset when people compare political figures like Donald Trump and Dick Cheney to movie villain Darth Vader. It's no surprise hearing Hamill give his opinion on topics both political and pop cultural, as the actor has become one of the most outspoken - and popular - figures on Twitter.
Sometimes Hamill's uncensored remarks have even gotten him in trouble, as when he talked about his role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and revealed that he clashed with writer-director Rian Johnson over the way Luke Skywalker was handled in the movie. Never shy about giving his takes on the Star Wars saga, Hamill also - humorously - said that Boba Fett should be revealed as Skywalker's mother. Sometimes Hamill dips his toe into political waters as well, as when he suggested U.S. President Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star should be replaced by one honoring his late co-star Carrie Fisher. Hamill also once trolled the president by reading his notorious tweets in the voice of the Joker, the character Hamill has played for decades in various Batman animated properties.
In his latest take, the ever-opinionated Hamill once again took on Donald Trump. Speaking to the Washington Post's Cape Up Podcast with Jonathan Capehart, Hamill discussed why it bothers him when people compare real-life political figures like Trump and former Vice President Dick Cheney to the fictional bad guy Vader. In Hamill's view, there is really no comparison between Vader and Trump or Cheney, because ultimately Vader's story arc led to redemption, while according to Hamill the jury is still out on the current president and former VP. Hamill said:
"I really get upset then when people compare [Trump], or even [former vice president] Dick Cheney, to Darth Vader, because Darth Vader repented. He saw the error of his ways. I don’t see either one of them [Cheney or Trump] doing that."
Of course, in the Star Wars saga, villainous Vader began life as the gifted young Jedi good guy Anakin Skywalker. As depicted in George Lucas' prequel trilogy, Anakin eventually goes over to the Dark Side of the Force and becomes the pupil of the evil Emperor Palpatine. But Vader's fall from grace finally leads him back to the light as, in the original Star Wars trilogy, the galaxy's ultimate bad guy turns on Palpatine and shares a final moment of redemption with his son Luke (whom he previously tried to turn to the Dark Side).
So though Darth Vader reigns in pop culture as one of the most recognizable bad guys of all-time, his story is arguably less about his evil deeds and more about his ability to redeem himself in the end. In Hamill's view then, when people hold up Vader as an example of a bad guy against which to compare real life figures who are largely disliked, it doesn't ring entirely true. No doubt, many will take Hamill to task for his latest jab against President Trump. But there's no question that Hamill at least has a firm grasp on his Star Wars lore, which should come as no surprise given his deep personal connection to the material.
Source: Cape Up Podcast
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