Mark Hamill is a wonderful human being. Millions of people all over the world love his work in popular media. While he is most famous for his iconic portrayal of a young, hopeful Jedi knight whose journey inspired hundreds of thousands of kids to be better people, there are many other great roles that engraved his name in the landscape of modern pop culture. For example, he is considered to be one of the best Jokers of all time having voiced him in several animations. He appeared in many great movies and shows.
However, his most precious part of the legacy is his role as Luke Skywalker. The yearning grim on his face in the New Hope will forever be remembered as one of the best depictions of what it means to be nobody in a huge universe. The adventures of a space smuggler, a beautiful princess, and a young knight have shaped the way we perceive popular culture. Millions of toys were made to satiate the hunger for more Star Wars and fuel an ever-growing fan base.
There are many iconic characters in Star Wars. The original trinity of Luke, Han, and Leia is obviously the fan-favorite. To add a couple of more mentions, there is also Obi-Wan Kenobi portrayed perfectly by both Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness as well as the recent Mandalorian. We love countless droids, great characters from the animated Clone Wars series, and other heroes that were inserted in one of the biggest media franchises of all time. All of the above is just to reiterate how important the universe to all of us and how many actors are forever tied to these characters.
Mark Hamill is definitely adored by fans. People loved his stance on the Last Jedi when he, again and again, criticized the artistic circumcision of Luke’s inner strength and perseverance in the movie. He is known for his passionate love for one of the most iconic movie protagonists in cinema history. While many were displeased with the way Disney decided to conclude their trilogy, millions of fans were thankful for the return of their beloved hero.
Luke appeared in the movie as a force ghost and inspires Rei to stand up and fight against evil. We loved seeing this wise Jedi Knight sharing some bits of his knowledge and strength with Rei who was conflicted and afraid to keep going with the battle against Palpatine. Fans cheered when Luke first appeared in the Force Awakens. Many were not happy with the portrayal of the hero in the Last Jedi yet still praised Hamill for his excellent work.
Sadly, every good thing has to end at some point. Mark Hamill said his goodbye to the iconic character is a touching letter that Blu-Ray owners found in the Star Wars Saga set. The box contained art books and many interesting additions and a letter from Mark Hamill in which he talks to the fans and tells the long story from when he was first contacted by George Lucas and met Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher to the point when the saga concluded in a massive blockbuster in 2019.
The boxed set contains all 9 films from the saga that tells the story of the Skywalker family. It is a great collector edition aimed at only hardcore fans. Obviously, only true diehard fans will truly appreciate the heartfelt message from their beloved actor. It makes sense that his letter would be included only in this edition of the Star Wars saga.
It is sad to see one of the most iconic actors saying his goodbyes to an iconic role. The bittersweet moment of departure is always something memorable and hard-hitting. When we saw the “X” sign over the grave of Wolverine in Logan or wept together with Pepper when the last light on the iron suit of Tony Stark dimmed, something felt lost forever.
Seeing how Mark Hamill admits that his journey in the universe of Star Wars is over is quite devastating. However, it makes sense that the movie is done and that his character was sent off gracefully as he was a very important participant of the last battle against Palpatine as Rey or Kylo. We will forever remember the iconic portrayal of the brave Jedi knight.
On the bright note, there are countless Star Wars shows that are about to be aired. Well, the coronavirus outbreak certainly stopped many productions including the second season of The Mandalorian and the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries. However, the last season of Clone Wars is currently airing and there are more shows that will be available to Star Wars fans in the future.
The universe will continue moving forward with or without its biggest stars. While it may feel really unfair and even dishonest, we have to admit that Disney does respect the huge input from all the actors who helped to make the Star Wars universe as expansive, rich, and emotional as it is. All is not lost for actors who have been parts of the universe before. For example, Ewan McGregor is still in talks to appear in the Star Wars universe to reprise his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ray Park was seen in a brief cameo as Darth Maul in Han Solo.
There are many stories to be told. Mark Hamill’s heartfelt letter certainly will live with his fans for a long time. It is a warm reminder that the Star Wars universe is more than just a collection of movies, TV shows, and video games. It is a legacy of people who made it all possible and created some of the most memorable characters to ever grace the big screen with their presence. Hopefully, the future generations of the actors will be able to bring the same weight and charisma to the galaxy far, far away.