A hashtag the actor used to precise his gratitude for his “Mandalorian” look rapidly began trending as different followers gave thanks as nicely.
Christmas got here early for “Star Wars” followers in all places this 12 months with the Season 2 finale of “The Mandalorian” December 18, and, apparently, it was an actual reward for Mark Hamill as nicely. Within the episode, a CGI-youthened Hamill appeared as Luke Skywalker, lightsaber-slashing his method by a battalion of homicide robots in an illustration of his full Jedi talents that we by no means fairly noticed within the Authentic Trilogy. In these movies he solely achieved knighthood on the very finish, after intermittent and interrupted coaching. However seeing himself in full badass mode on the top of his Jedi powers is one thing the 69-year-old actor undoubtedly needed to see.
“Typically the best items are probably the most sudden and one thing you by no means realized you needed till it was given. #ThankYouJonAndDave,” Hamill tweeted on Sunday.
It’s becoming that it was Hamill’s look that energized followers in such an enormous method simply earlier than the beginning of the vacations. 5 years in the past, he did a lot the identical together with his mythic, resonant look as a self-exiled Luke Skywalker on the finish of “Star Wars: The Power Awakens,” which capped Disney’s franchise relaunch (the highest-grossing movie, unadjusted for inflation, in U.S. field workplace historical past) with the expectation of extra stirring adventures to come back. At the moment, the actor was the identical age as Alec Guinness when he first appeared as Obi-Wan Kenobi within the authentic “Star Wars” in 1977, suggesting from the beginning that he could be extra of a mentor determine to the following technology of heroes somewhat than somebody whose show of Jedi combating expertise could be foregrounded itself. Luke’s emotions of loss, betrayal, and guilt over his nephew — and Jedi pupil — Ben Solo (Adam Driver) turning towards him and having “destroyed all of it” made Luke, within the phrases of Han Solo in “The Power Awakens,” “really feel accountable… he simply walked away from the whole lot.”
But when these had been beats that made sense for the mythic arc of the character within the Skywalker Saga movies, there was nonetheless very a lot a need to see what Luke was actually able to in that galaxy far, distant in the course of the 30 years between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Power Awakens.” And “The Mandalorian” finale lastly confirmed us that, through a physique double (29-year-old actor Max Lloyd-Jones), some CGI tweaking, and Hamill’s voice work. Luke single handedly defeats the robotic Darkish Trooper military that had pinned down Mando (Pedro Pascal) and his comrades. One shot is even a deliberate echo of the hallway scene in “Rogue One” when Luke’s father, Darth Vader, slashes by a platoon of Insurgent defenders. Hamill additionally appeared on set in the course of the filming of Luke’s huge scene.
The “Mandalorian” cameo maybe wasn’t an excessive amount of of a shock if you understand how Industrial Gentle and Magic, which created the Younger Luke impact, works. They’d already masterminded a CGI-youthened Luke for a flashback in “The Rise of Skywalker,” through which we see the younger Jedi practice his sister Leia within the methods of the Power. And barely does ILM create an impact like that with out some plan to iterate on it additional, down the street. Which is precisely what they did within the “Mandalorian” finale, to Mark Hamill’s pleasure — and that of “Star Wars” followers in all places.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 30, 2020