Mark Hamill Thought 'The Last Jedi' Was Too Long
The greatest thing about Mark Hamill is that he’s just like Luke Skywalker in one specific way. He doesn’t do or say anything that isn’t is own real, honest opinion. And now, he’s talking a little bit of smack about the record-breaking runtime of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“I’m really cranky. I’m one of those guys where you go see, like, a big superhero movie and you go, ‘I really love it, but it’s too long!’” Hamill told Vanity Fair in an interview excerpt published on Thursday. He also said he was “appalled” when he heard how long the film was, but now that he’s seen it is okay with the longer than usual length. “It’s like The Godfather. It doesn’t feel that long.”
Equating The Godfather with Star Wars makes a modicum of sense. Famously, Star Wars creator George Lucas was buddies with Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola in the ‘70s. Coppola supported Lucas’s zany endeavors to make a wacky outer space franchise into a Hollywood legend. Plus, apocryphal sources claim Lucas based loosely based Jabba the Hutt off of Vito Corleone. And, according to Laurent Bouzereua in Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays, that the scene in which Leia kills Jabba with a chain was a reference to a scene in the original Godfather “in which a large man is garroted.”
Hamill made his length comments at the swanky clothing retailer rag & bone in New York City on Wednesday. His association with rag & bone goes back to October of 2016, when he said “Mark Hamill will die. But … Luke Skywalker … won’t.”
The beloved actor’s latest quips about having issues with the new Star Wars movies — which he is a huge part of — are part of an overall picture of a man who is as much of a fan of Star Wars as the droves of hardcore devotees, waiting anxiously to see Mark Hamill in action once again as Luke Skywalker.
The Last Jedi is out everywhere on December 15. Follow all of Inverse’s coverage of the film right here.