Mark Hamill Wanted Luke to Go to the Dark Side in RotJ | CBR

Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker was the center of the Star Wars universe, evolving from Tatooine farmboy to Jedi Master. However, if Hamill had his way, Luke would have followed in his father Anakin’s footsteps.

In an interview with Sirus XM’s “EW Live” station, Hamill discussed the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi — then titled Revenge of the Jedi — and how he thought Luke would turn to the Dark Side. He recalled complaining to George Lucas himself about the film’s ending, “I said, ‘It’s so predictable and pat,’ and he said, ‘Mark, don’t forget. These things were made for children.'”

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Hamill went on to reveal that during filming he briefly believed that Luke would be drawn to the dark side. “Because I was wearing all black, I thought I would go to the Dark Side in the last one,” Hamill explained, “And, of course, you have to redeem yourself.” He added, “Every actor wants to play their own evil twin.”

Luke struggled with the pull of darkness all throughout Return of the Jedi. He struggled against Emperor Palpatine’s attempts to corrupt him, while trying to save his own father, Darth Vader, from the dark side. Ultimately, he stayed true to the teachings of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, thus helping Vader redeem himself.

After Luke Skywalker became one with the Force in The Last Jedi, Hamill returned for one last appearance as the iconic Jedi knight in 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, in which he appeared to provide Rey with necessary guidance after she nearly lost her way.

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(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Mark Hamill expressed his desire for Luke Skywalker to fully embrace the Dark Side in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

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