Monday, June 19, 2017

Use The Threat Of Legal Action, Luke!

Last month in an interview with Vanity Fair, actor Mark Hamill discussed the upcoming Star Wars sequel, The Last Jedi.

During the interview, Hamill made a troubling comment concerning Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and his plans for the iconic character of Luke Skywalker. Said Hamill:
“I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision.”
Yikes! OK, it's impossible to know at this point just what plans Johnson has for the character. Plus it's normal for actors to quibble over a line or a scene. But for an actor to say they fundamentally disagree with every choice the director's made for their character is troubling, to say the least.

This week Hamill was interviewed again, and attempted to "clarify" his earlier statement. This time Hamill said:
"I got into trouble because… I was quoted as saying to Rian that 'I fundamentally disagree with everything you decided about Luke,' and it was inartfully phrased. What I was, was surprised at how he saw Luke. And it took me a while to get around to his way of thinking, but once I was there it was a thrilling experience."
Well. That's quite a piece of MarketSpeak® there, Hamill! Let's try running it through our handy "PR-to-English" translator, shall we? Here's what Mark Hamill's second statement REALLY meant:
“After careful consideration, and after Disney's vast cadre of attorney's threatened to tear me a new poodoo hole, is that I absolutely LOVE everything Rian Johnson has planned for my character! He's an exciting director with a singular vision and a compelling new take on the material, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be working for him! Be sure and see Disney's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, folks! Coming to a theater near you on December 15, 2017!"

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