Star Wars’s Mark Hamill Explains Why His Luke Skywalker Days Are Over
Last week, our fractured world came together for what has become a relatively new, but highly honored tradition, by recognizing May 4th as Star Wars Day. “May the Fourth” was celebrated by many and made special with the return of Star Wars content to Fortnite, and a free new update for Jedi: Fallen Order. Many new Star Wars media projects are in the works, despite what is referred to as the Skywalker Saga of films meeting its end. Given the name, one core element of these films has been Luke Skywalker. Iconically portrayed by Mark Hamill, the actor has now confirmed he is retiring from his most infamous role.
Mark Hamill recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly on the occasion of Star Wars Day, or Month, as Hamill has opted to make a special tweet each day of May in recent years. One of the posts, on May 9th, referenced Hamill’s work in the recent Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker film, which Hamill confirmed would be his final appearance as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. A few days later, Hamill clarified his reasons for making this his farewell to the character, saying:
I had a beginning, middle, and end. Those films gave me far more than I ever expected when we started out so it’s never even occurred to me. My farewell was in Episode IX and it was bittersweet. I love all those people and I certainly have affection for George and the character he created. I’m full of gratitude for what it has given me and my career but I don’t want to be greedy. There are still so many more stories to tell and so many great actors to tell them, they don’t need me.”
Hamill also shared his appreciation for The Mandalorian series, praising its smaller scope and focus on characters and storytelling. It should be noted that Hamill’s comments only specifically mention his work as Luke Skywalker, and not any other characters. Hamill has done voice work for The Clone Wars animated series, and even in the films as characters other than Luke Skywalker. So, the hope for Hamill still participating in the Star Wars universe could still live on in the eyes of some fans. After all, no one’s ever really gone.
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