Star Wars Icon Mark Hamill Hits Out At The Phantom Menace Haters

Luke Skywalker is “still angry” about one specific area of criticism.

Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars The Phantom Menace Image Picture Lucasfilm

Mark Hamill hasn’t forgiven Star Wars fans for their harsh criticism of The Phantom Menace and the George Lucas prequel trilogy as a whole.

Hamill, who returned to the iconic role of Luke Skywalker (albeit briefly) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still unhappy about the response generated by the trio of movies, especially 1999’s Jar-Jar Binks-led effort.

Speaking to Vulture in an interview where he was supposed to be promoting his new movie Brigsby Bear, Hamill couldn’t resist revisited the topic of the prequels.

“I couldn’t believe some of the things they wrote about the prequels,” he said.

Hamill was especially unhappy at the criticism directed to the Phantom Menace’s young star Jake Lloyd, who took on the role of a young Anakin Skywalker for the first movie.

“He was only 10 years old, that boy, and he did exactly what George wanted him to do,” he said, in defense of Lloyd.

“Believe me, I understand clunky dialogue.”

Lloyd has previously spoken of his regret at taking the role, having faced years of bullying and mockery from his peers in the time since the movie’s release.

Hamill was also keen to defend Lucas, revealing how he almost got talked into speaking out against the filmmaker in a documentary called The People vs George Lucas.

Describing the interview he recorded for the film as “an open invitation to trash George” Hamill noted that he simply wasn’t willing to play ball.

“I have issues with George, but I love that man. I would never! And I don’t talk outside the family,” he said.

Hamill also explained how the entire experience was part of the reason he would never allow his children to work in show business, warning that “a life of rejection, ridicule and unemployment” would await them if they did.

That’s pretty dark stuff, Mark. After all, Thomas Haden Church is doing alr…oh, wait.

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