Mark Hamill Says His ‘The Last Jedi’ Criticism ‘Prejudiced People in a Way That’s Unfair’ (Exclusive)

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It’s no surprise that Star Wars actor Mark Hamill fundamentally disagreed with Rian Johnson’s choices for Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. In fact, the topic is heavily featured in the Episode VIII documentary, The Director and the Jedi, available through the home release bonus features.

ET sat down with Hamill in Ireland, where he expressed regret for his early open criticism of the film.

“That should remain in the rehearsal process. That should be between the screenwriter and the director and I regret saying that out loud,” Hamill told ET. “I said it before I saw the whole movie put together.”

Hamill added that fans who disliked the film are referencing his quotes as a means of validation. “It prejudices people in a way that's unfair, because people that are unhappy with the movie will cite that," he noted.

Though Hamill stands by his statements that he found the progression of the character he’s portrayed for more than 40 years “unexpected.”

“Luke was so optimistic and positive, but you gotta move on,” he said. “Even though it's hard, when you're pushed out of your comfort zone, that's probably a good sign, because otherwise it would be something that everyone had expected… and that's not good either.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available on Digital HD and Blu-ray today!

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