In a recent interview with Mark Hamill on SiriusXM’s EW Live podcast, Mark Hamill revealed that he originally disagreed with George Lucas over the ending of the original Star Wars trilogy. Hamill wanted the trilogy to continue the darker trend that started in The Empire Strikes Back. Lucas resisted and explained that he wanted the trilogy to end on a happier note so it would appeal more to children.
Hamill explained: “I remember complaining to George [Lucas] about something in Return of the Jedi. And I said, ‘It’s so predictable and pat,’ and he said, ‘Mark, don’t forget. These things were made for children.’ His original intention was to make movies for, you know, kids! Adolescents and younger. And we’re bringing our adult sensibilities to it and that’s where we go wrong. He’s the man. He knows what he wants, and I realized he was right. He said, ‘All fairy tales get tied up neatly at the end.’ Because I thought after Empire we should really go crazy as possible with the last one, but there’s a reason why George is where he is and I’m where I am.”
Later on in the interview, Hamill mentioned how he wanted his character, Luke Skywalker, to embrace the dark side and in the end, felt a little disappointed that he was made the hero. “Well, I thought I was turning evil. Because I was wearing all black. I thought I would go to the dark side in the last one. And, of course, you have to redeem yourself. But that movie is the way I felt it was going with the preceding episode, but every actor wants to play their own evil twin.”
Although Hamill’s and Lucas’ vision for the character turned out to be quite different, Hamill knows that “he [Lucas] was right.”
It’s a fascinating topic to think about how the story could have ended if Luke Skywalker did fall to the dark side. If this happened, Disney’s sequel trilogy might have turned out entirely different.
Do you agree with Lucas or Hamill?