Mark Hamill Asks When the ‘Star Wars’ Fandom Got So ‘Contentious’

Mark Hamill reflects on how passionate, and even "contentious" the 'Star Wars' fandom is.

The Skywalker Saga of Star Wars concluded last year with the release of The Rise of Skywalker, wrapping up a nine-part story that began with Luke Skywalker dreaming of a life filled with adventure and purpose. Mark Hamill played Luke since 1977 and he recently took to Twitter to commemorate his time as the iconic character, calling the end of the saga “bittersweet.”

It’s no secret that with a franchise as popular and long-standing as Star Wars, people have strong opinions about the story and don’t always agree with the direction the filmmakers choose to go. It seems that some Star Wars fans get so worked up about what they think would or wouldn’t happen in a galaxy far, far away that they think it’s okay to attack people trying to do their jobs. Although he has hung up his lightsaber for good, Hamill recently spoke up about the tension he perceives in the fandom.

“I don’t know when, over the period of time, fandom became so contentious. But people are really opinionated, and you can’t help but be opinionated yourself, because you’ve lived with the character so long,” Hamill said to The Daily Beast. “So whether it was on Episode VIIVIII or IX, I’d have disagreements, and I would say to whoever it was, ‘Well, I don’t know if that’s right.’ But everyone shares the same goal: you want to make the best movie you can.”

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In an interview with Den of Geek in 2019, Hamill reflected on why he was disappointed with Luke’s arc in the most recent trilogy. “I just thought, ‘Luke’s never going to see [Han] again,” he shared. “You look at it in a self-centred [sic] way. I said that it was a big mistake that [Han, Luke, and Leia] would never reunite in any way. I guess I was wrong, because nobody seems to care!”

I cared, Mark! At the end of the day, even if people have complaints about the movies, nothing is going to change what has already been released, so you might as well relax and focus on the great parts of Star Wars by checking out this May the Fourth celebration compilation.

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Kevin Smith’s He-Man Reboot Casts Mark Hamill as Skeletor, Henry Rollins as Tri-Klops

Kevin Smith has an encyclopedic knowledge of fantasy epics and pop culture from the 80s and 90s, and he’s using all of it to cast his animated He-Man reboot Masters of the Universe: RevelationThe newly announced lineup includes Star Wars icon Mark Hamill as big baddie Skeletor, as well as punk legend Henry Rollins as his minion, Tri-Klops (via Deadline).

The rest of the cast is a nerdy who’s-who of fantasy stars. Prince Adam, aka He-Man, will be played by Chris Wood of The Vampire Diaries and Supergirl. Game of Thrones is well represented, with Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) voicing Evil-Lyn and Man-At-Arms, respectively.

The character of Teela will be acted out by Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar. 90s Batgirl Alicia Silverstone will breath life into Queen Marlena, and Phil LaMarr (Justice League, Mad TV) plays He-Ro. Longtime Smith-collaborater Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) joins the cast as Stinkor.

Smith has also found roles for the original voice of Skeletor, Alan Oppenheimer, the voice of the animated Wonder Woman, Susan Eisenberg, former Joker Kevin Michael Richardson, and Griffin Newman from The Tick and Supergirl.

Rounding out the billing are Stephen Root (Office Space, Barry) as Cringer, Diedrich Bader (Napoleon Dynamite, Office Space) as King Randor/Trap Jaw, and Justin Long (Apple commercials, Galaxy Quest) as Roboto.

Kevin Smith seems to be geeking out about the cast; his press statement announcing the names overflowed with exclamation points.

“I cannot believe the lineup of talent I get to play with! The incredible, star-studded cast that Mattel’s Rob David and Netflix’s Ted Biaselli assembled for our Masters Of The Universe series will let any lifelong He-Man fan know we’re treating this cartoon seriously and honoring the legendary world of Eternia with A-list talent! Chris, Sarah, Mark, Lena and the other amazing actors and actresses have given performances so powerful and real in a show that features a talking giant green tiger! With these fantastic performers behind our characters, it’ll be crazy easy to immerse yourself in the swords and sorcery of our epic sci-fi soap opera!”

As Smith indicated, production is already well under way, and while an official release date hasn’t been set, Masters of the Universe: Revelation is expected to hit Netflix later this year.

Last year, Kevin Smith’s Clerks was added to the National Film Registry, and he’s known to be working on a third installment of the franchise as we speak.

This year, Mark Hamill joined the cast of What We Do in the Shadows. Henry Rollins teamed up with Cyndi Lauper last year to cover Black Flag’s “Rise Above”.

Kevin Smith’s He-Man Reboot Casts Mark Hamill as Skeletor, Henry Rollins as Tri-Klops

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