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Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill at SXSW 2018 (With FULL VIDEO)

In what will likely be one of their final media appearances for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Vanity Fair‘s Joanna Robinson sat down to talk with director Rian Johnson and actor Mark Hamill after a South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) screening of the Anthony Wonke directed documentary ‘The Director and The Jedi’. Johnson spoke about his journey to Star Wars and Mark Hamill shared some insight into Rian’s different take on Luke Skywalker in film. Here are some of the highlights from the interview, followed by the full video!


Rian Johnson

    • Rian spoke about his career leading up to taking on the biggest project of his life, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
    • Rian talked about Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher’s contribution in the production of the film.
    • Rian says that Carrie Fisher’s passing prevented her from getting to see a final cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. “The most I got to watch (The Last Jedi) with her was at Pinewood – while we were shooting additional ADR with her, just additional dialogue recording.” Johnson said. “It was hard for her to watch herself onscreen.” Johnson added. He went on to say that Carrie told him that she still viewed herself in her twenties because of the huge time gap since the last time she appeared on screen in a Star Wars film. “I remember her telling me, ‘In my head, I’m still in my twenties,'” and  “There’s always going to be that disconnect when you see yourself onscreen.”
    • Rian also showed off one his favorite black and white photos that he took during production.



Mark Hamill

  • Hamill admits regret to sharing his criticisms in a series of recent interviews and clarified his complicated thoughts. “I wish I hadn’t expressed my insecurities publicly,” he acknowledged. During filming, Johnson had told Hamill that “they can’t always give the audience what they expect and what they want” but that they “can give them something they don’t expect and what we want.” Hamill said, “He’s always right.” He went on to say that he was sorry that he lowered his guard and expressed his misgivings about it. “That belongs in the [filmmaking] process.”
  • Hamill also spoke about how he had to think of Luke as another character.
  • Hamill appeared to want to get something off his chest and to be “completely honest with Rian.” – “I wanted to get it off my chest and throw it all away.” He said that he is of the “old school” George Lucas era and is glad Rian was able to help open the doors to the new generation of Star Wars characters including Rey, Poe, and Finn.
  • Hamill then shared how he would have made the movie, admitting his ideas were all terrible, but he also disclosed that he had disagreed with George Lucas while reading the script to Return of the Jedi. “I read Jedi and thought, ‘Wait a sec! I thought I was heading toward the struggle of heading to the Dark Side. I’m in black. I have a glove. I see a trend here.



You can view the entire Q&A below.




One of the most enjoyable aspects during the past year of promotion for The Last Jedi has without question been Mark Hamill’s appearances, from Star Wars Celebration to putting a bow on it all here at SXSW. While Luke Skywalker may indeed appear in Episode IX (“The Last Paycheck”, as he calls it) there is a possibility it may be kept a secret (as much as possible). So with that in mind, The Last Jedi could have been the final time we were able to enjoy Mark Hamill’s charming sense of humor and engaging story-telling promoting a Star Wars film. If that is indeed the case, it has been nothing short of a beautiful farewell tour of sorts, with Hamill peppering us with tales from making The Last Jedi mixed with walking us down memory lane one more time, bridging all generations of Star Wars fans, and we will cherish that forever.




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