For the first time in the series' 40-year history, Mark Hamill is facing a film's release without co-stars Harrison Ford, whose character left after Star Wars 7, and Fisher, who passed away last December. But, in the case of the latter, Hamill knows Fisher would want fans to enjoy Star Wars: The Last Jedi — even though that seems hard to do completely with how much we miss her. Of course, it's not that fans don't adore Hamill, because obviously we do. It's just also true that the energy surrounding the series feels different, now.
The actor recently spoke with the AP about his return to the silver screen and Luke Skywalker's hefty role in the newest Star Wars installment. When asked about the upcoming press tour for The Last Jedi, Hamill — known for a playful sense of humor — got real about going it alone.
"It is different. [Carrie] was irreplaceable... I hate that it adds an air of melancholy to the film because it doesn't deserve it. I know for a fact she would obviously want us to be having fun. She was all about laughter and enjoying the moment."
Longtime fans of hers would have to agree: Fisher wouldn't want mourning her to ruin Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not only is it the actor and writer's last film, it's another Star Wars movie. More Star Wars. In 2017. There's so much to celebrate about that, and Fisher was all for unapologetically enjoying life.
I mean, she named her dog Gary Fisher and brought him to every interview and red carpet for the last film. She was open and searingly honest about her personal struggles. She wrote about addiction, mental health, and finding humor in finding yourself. She was the best.
Fortunately, Hamill knows it. "We're all sort of having this communal period of grief [over Fisher]," he continued. "In a way, it sort of reflects the movies themselves, which were about triumphs and tragedies. They are about a family — a dysfunctional family, but a family nonetheless."
If the man behind Luke Skywalker is taking time from his own press tour to talk about how Fisher wouldn't want her passing to to take the proverbial jump to hyperspace out of fans' Millennium Falcons, we should listen. Embrace Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it's released this December. If not for yourself, then for Carrie Fisher.