Mark Hamill has been very vocal about The Last Jedi, a film that has divided fans right down the middle. Due to how close in the timeline The Last Jedi happens after The Force Awakens (almost immediately), I did think going in, that Han’s death would be addressed.
But in the already beefy two and a half hour run time, it was hardly touched upon. There was so much story to consume, that it was hardly missed. “Let that past die” as the spawn of Solo says.
Hamill does wish that his reaction to Han’s death made it into the final cut of The Last Jedi though.
Yes, of course because it shows Luke was putting on a facade in front of Rey and even Chewie, that he was embittered and sort of a broken man,” Hamill confirmed with IGN about if he regrets the scene’s omission. “And I think the fact that he could let his emotions out when he was by himself would have made an impact on the audience because it allowed them to grieve the loss of Han Solo just the way Luke felt it.”
The veteran actor is no stranger to how movies work though, so he completely understood why it wasn’t included.
“But that always happens in films,” the actor admitted. “You say, ‘Oh, what about this scene where this happens or that happens?’ because you want to give the fullest experience that you can. And like you say, it was brief enough that I was — [chuckles] They had time for me to milk that big alien but to show any human emotion? Nah, we don’t have time for that. But again it’s not my call.”
Fear not though, while the scene isn’t in the theatrical cut of The Last Jedi, it is included in the deleted scenes that are on the blu-ray and digital versions. So you can watch it all the same.
Have you watched the scene yet? Do you think it would have worked well in The Last Jedi, or better left on the cutting room floor?