The Original Heroes of Star Wars have Inspired a New Generation, and That's How it Should Be
Updated: Nov 14, 2019
Mark Hamill has had no problem with voicing his opinions on the sequel trilogy. From making fun of the fact that he has a grand total of zero lines in The Force Awakens, to repeating time and time again that he “fundamentally disagrees” with the direction Rian Johnson took Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, he has made it clear he wanted the character to be taken in a different direction. Now, the actor that portrays C-3PO, Anthony Daniels has a similar opinion as Hamill.
“I know it has been particularly difficult for him (Hamill) lately because the new movies haven’t given him much to do. I certainly recognize that and can relate to it.”
While it is true that the beloved golden droid hasn’t had a huge workload in these new films, Hamill’s Luke Skywalker had the second most screen time in The Last Jedi after Daisy Ridley’s Rey. Luke was pivotal to the development of Rey’s character and really pushing that passing of the torch mentality these sequel films are taking.
While it isn't as much of the main story of these new films, C-3PO could also be seen in a similar role as Luke, with the now beloved BB-8 taking up the role as our new best droid friend. The Rise of Skywalker is also introducing someone new, who is bound to be a fan favorite with a little droid named D-O.
During the documentary, The Director and the Jedi, producer Ram Bergman mentions how Hamill’s disappointment in the new films lay in the fact that he isn’t the “Luke Skywalker” of this trilogy, he’s the “Obi-Wan” of the trilogy. Say the prequel trilogy came out in the 70’s, and then the originals were released in the early 2000’s, how would people react to Obi-Wan taking a back seat in A New Hope? Rey is the Jedi of this trilogy, not Luke. Same as Luke is the Jedi of the originals, not Obi-Wan.
The opinions of Hamill and Daniels differ quite a bit from the actors of Han Solo and Princess Leia, Harrison Ford and the late, great Carrie Fisher. Ford was very vocal after the characters sacrifice in The Force Awakens that he wanted Solo to have an emotional and meaningful impact on the characters left after him. He recognized these new stories weren’t about him, his story was told in the original trilogy, it was time for a younger group to take center stage to appeal to the newer younger audience that would be growing up with these films.
Fisher shared this opinion with Ford, continuously sharing her excitement with Daisy Ridley taking up the mantle of the female lead. As she states in an interview from the behind the scenes sizzle reel from The Last Jedi, “it’s about family” and family passes down from generation to generation. Take Ben Solo, aka Kylo Ren for example. The son of two of the main heroes of the original trilogy, the character has been driven forward so much by his father, mother, and uncle. The decisions he has made and reactions has taken to certain events certainly bring up plenty of questions to where he will end up in The Rise of Skywalker.
General Organa also played a crucial role in the development of the character of Poe Dameron. His cocky, arrogant behavior was at the forefront of The Last Jedi. It was through Leia that he was able to discover the kid of leader that he was meant to be. This sequel trilogy wasn’t supposed to be about the original trilogy characters. It was obvious it would feature them and they would play an important role, but their main stories have already been told.
Now, a common theme in Star Wars is things can be interpreted from different points of view. Some may disagree with me when I say the sequel trilogy has done a perfect job so far of using the legacy characters in a way that feels meaningful without having them be the main center piece of the trilogy.
Luke's role in inspiring the Resistance and reigniting the flame across the galaxy seems to be an important plot point going into The Rise of Skywalker, and C-3PO may possibly be making the ultimate sacrifice to make sure out heroes have a chance to save the day. Both these characters are incredibly important to this story, even if their actors do not recognize that, or agree with the exact story being told. And while we unfortunately, will never get to hear the amazing Carrie Fisher give her final thoughts on these new films, it also seems like our princess and general will play a significant role in the final installment to the Skywalker Saga. Further proving that the original heroes weren't sidelined or given unimportant roles, but that their contributions to the galaxy far far away will have a lasting impact on the new heroes, and the entire universe around them.