Rian Johnson has revealed that he was intimidated by Mark Hamill when they first met.
The Star Wars: The Last Jedi director admitted that, after growing up watching Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the original films, he felt ‘star struck’ at getting the opportunity to work with him.
‘I grew up with Luke as my hero, and he meant so much to me, I was a little bit intimidated by Mark,’ Rian told The Hollywood Reporter.
‘Being thrown into the deep end of the pool in terms of a working relationship with him was great, because when we got on set, we had a shorthand, we had an intimacy.
‘I think he gives a beautiful performance.’
Rian also revealed that he and Mark had in-depth conversations about the character of Luke – and they didn’t always agree.
‘Mark’s had nearly 30 years now to think in his head what the return of Luke Skywalker would be.
‘First of all, there’s no way what I came up with was going to exactly line up with what you expected, but I think what I came up with is one of the things he least expected.
‘For me, it was the process of talking to Mark about why the character was the way he was, the process of talking him through it and arguing about it and butting heads and then coming together about it.’
Mark has also spoken out about Rian’s vision for his character, telling Vanity Fair: ‘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.”‘
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