Taking some time out from lampooning Donald Trump on social media with his new character The Trumpster, actor Mark Hamill opened up to Vulture about the Star Wars franchise and his reaction to the prequel series. From Episode I back in 1999 up until Episode III in 2005, the 65-year old performer could not contemplate how the franchise would receive the level of vitriol it did from a healthy portion of the diehard fans.
While his own popularity remains in tact following his role as Luke Skywalker in the original titles from 1977 to 1983 and again via The Force Awakens in 2015, Hamill gave an insight into the damaged it caused his young co-star. Pointing some of the blame at George Lucas's feet, Hamill argued that Jake Lloyd should never have been subjected to the insults at 10 years old.
Anger Leaves Mark Angry In Return
As Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace flattered to deceive with critics and the audience at large, Hamill wanted it known that Lloyd was only fulfilling the duty that was asked of him in the first place, with many misplacing their anger.
“I couldn’t believe some of the things they (Star Wars fans) wrote about the prequels, you know," replied Hamill. "I mean really beyond, ‘I didn’t like it’, ‘you ruined my childhood...' I’m still angry about the way they treated Jake Lloyd. He was only 10 years old, that boy, and he did exactly what George (Lucas) wanted him to do. Believe me, I understand clunky dialogue.”
After Lloyd himself went public to say that the experience had ruined his childhood from the amount of abuse he received, Hamill clearly had differences with the filmmaker. But when the opportunity came to attack him in public via the title The People vs George Lucas, he ultimately declined.
“They weren’t calling it (that) at the time. But I could tell from the questions they were asking me that it was an open invitation to trash George. And I have issues with George, but I love that man. I would never talk outside the family.”
Skywalker-Rey Connection The Key In Last Jedi
Heading into Episode 8, director Rian Johnson outlined the importance of the finale of The Force Awakens, arguing that the connection between Rey and Skywalker will be the key plot point for a movie that is sure to connect more than a few dots.
“I don’t want to skip ahead two years,” remarked Johnson. “I want to see the very next moment of what happens… part of what’s she’s (Rey) dealing with is the realisation that she has this power and this gift. She’s taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential.”