Mark Hamill on the Weirdly Tragic Trajectory of Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker is arguably the most famous fictional hero of all time. Decades of films, books, games and merchandise cement not only his story, but his image in the minds of millions. He’s become a modern archetype, the word “hero” almost unconsciously bringing to mind the boyish smile, the lightsaber, the slight tack of fingers on action figure plastic.

Presented as a shining counterpoint to a galaxy at war, and even the roguish friends he makes along the way, he begins pure to the point of naivety, is muddied by pain, and comes out stronger but fundamentally unchanged by the time he’s faced his demons. It’s so classic it’s almost clichéd.

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