Mark Hamill was 'shocked' by single scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The star insists fans will be enthralled by the plot twists in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Actor Mark Hamill was truly shocked by how little he featured in his big Star Wars return as Luke Skywalker in 2015's The Force Awakens.
The franchise veteran reprised his Jedi role for an eye-popping finale in the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster, appearing briefly in a scene on a remote island with Daisy Ridley's character Rey.
Abrams recently revealed Skywalker's involvement in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens storyline ended up being cut back dramatically, and Hamill wasn't too impressed.
"I let him (Hamill) know before he read the script that his role was minimal," the filmmaker told The New York Times in October (17). "I don't think he knew just how minimal until he read it. (He was) not particularly happy with how little he was in it."
Now Hamill has shared how he initially reacted to the discovery.
"I thought, 'This is the most elaborate entrance of my career!'," he said of his eventual appearance, which was built up for the whole movie. "Everybody talks about me for two hours. I'm reading it (the script), and I kept marking down (when his character was mentioned), 'The sword of Skywalker is too powerful', 'Skywalker must be stopped' - everybody's talking about me!"
"It was a shock," he told U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, although he soon came to understand how big of a part his character would play in the sequel, the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi - and Hamill assures fans it will be worth the wait as many more plot twists lie ahead.
He continued, "It was a big surprise, but I think there are much bigger surprises in The Last Jedi. In fact, I think the most important line... Luke says is, 'This is not going to go the way you think,' and when I read the script, I was stunned."
Now that Hamill understands how Skywalker fits into the new franchise trilogy, he is really enjoying reviving his iconic role, which he first tackled in 1977's A New Hope, and he is particularly interested in the direction the new filmmakers, who are true fans of the sci-fi series, will steer the story in the coming instalments.
"These films now are being made by people that were children when the first films came out," Hamill shared. "They're the generation that grew up as fans and now are in charge of the franchise, and it's just wonderful to be associated with something that makes people so happy and is (a form of) escapism."
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, opens in theatres on 15 December (17).
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