Entertainment Weekly had the opportunity to interview Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, where they discussed Luke’s return to the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
I’m telling you, I didn’t expect to have the reaction I had,” the 66-year-old actor tells EW. “I was there with my family, with [my children] Nathan and Griffin and Chelsea and my wife Marilou, and [Lucasfilm] asked if the documentary crew could be there when I came back on the Millennium Falcon. I mean, this was not on the shooting day. I was just street clothes and going to visit that set. And I said, ‘Sure.’”
Director Rian Johnson discusses how emotional it was to shoot that scene:
“God, I remember so vividly getting that shot of him turning on the lights in the Falcon cockpit,” Johnson says. The cockpit set is an enclosed space, so every crew member on set was huddled around the video monitors to see it unfold. “And we all kind of looked at each other, just like, ‘Oh my God.”
It was an emotional scene, but not especially jubilant. “There’s a lot of melancholy,” Johnson says. “You know, that ship is just filled with ghosts for Luke.”
Hamill talks about how surreal it was to shoot on the Falcon again:
“All of this, happening to me again was… it’s hard to put into words,” Hamill says. “I figured when the prequels came out, plus a few years, people would forget about us. But it never really went away.”
“I feel like, you know, I need to calm things down because it’s one of those things that if you start crying, I’ll start crying,” he says. “So, stop it.”
I’m not going to lie: when I saw that shot of Luke in the Falcon in the recent TV spot I got emotional as well. It’s an echo of his past, with good friends long gone. This is definitely one of my most anticipated scenes in The Last Jedi. Stay tuned today for more coverage.