Mark Hamill Regrets Doubting Rian Johnson, Anoints The Last Jedi “an All-Time Great”

Mark Hamill has had it with the naysayers. For the last two weeks, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has divided fans and critics who either love or loathe the film. The backlash has been confusing, to say the least, though much of the criticism has been lobbed at writer-director Rian Johnson, a newcomer to the galactic franchise. In early interviews before The Last Jedi’s release, Hamill, who has played Luke Skywalker since the series’s 1977 debut, revealed that he was hesitant about the ideas Johnson had in store for the character, which the film’s critics have since latched onto. On Tuesday, in the wake of the film’s polarizing release, Hamill fully threw his support behind Johnson.

The actor responded to a viral tweet that featured one of his older interviews, in which he revealed that he previously “had trouble accepting what he [Johnson] saw for Luke,” though he ultimately came to appreciate the director’s bold decisions. In his new response, Hamill wrote that he regretted “voicing my doubts & insecurities in public.”

“Creative differences are a common element of any project but usually remain private,” he continued. “All I wanted was to make good movie. I got more than that.”

His remarks shouldn’t surprise any of the padawans who have paid feverishly close attention to Hamill’s all-encompassing press tour for The Last Jedi. For the few who haven’t seen the film yet, Skywalker is in a self-imposed exile when the story begins, reluctant to train young Rey or get involved in the Resistance again. He’s a loner and a curmudgeon who thinks it’s time for the Jedi to end. Back in April, he told ABC’s Nightline that after he read the script for Jedi, he marched into Johnson’s office to voice his surprise.

“I told Rian, ‘I fundamentally disagree with virtually everything you’ve decided about my character,’” he said, later adding, “It was shocking to me to read what Rian had written.”

In an MTV interview, Hamill said he essentially loved everyone’s part in the film, except for his own. “I said to Rian, ‘I’m so surprised how you see Luke.’” And in yet another interview, Hamill remarked once again on how pessimistic Luke had become.

“I said, ‘Rian, a Jedi doesn’t give up! A Jedi, if he does something wrong, he makes it right,’” Hamill said.

Well, Hamill is over all that now. Or, at the very least, he would like to take back what’s been terribly blown out of proportion. Regardless of the various minor controversies, the film has been performing exceptionally well at the box office (it is, after all, a Star Wars movie), raking in $815 million worldwide thus far.

Since the tweet, Hamill has turned his attention on more fandom-unifying topics. On Wednesday, the actor posted a tribute on Instagram to late co-star and close friend Carrie Fisher, who died exactly one year ago.

“No one’s ever really gone,” he wrote in the caption, a reference to a line his character says to Fisher’s General Leia Organa in The Last Jedi.

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