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Did Mark Hamill Convince J.J. Abrams to Make Luke Skywalker Evil?

The mid-’00s chat series Dinner for Five continues to be the Zapruder film for celebrity news stories. Months after a careful analysis of the show’s Daredevil episode revealed the exact moment Jennifer Garner fell in love with Ben Affleck comes news of a 2005 episode of the show that may have influenced one of the most buzzworthy fan theories about The Force Awakens: the rumor that Luke Skywalker is being held out of the film’s trailers because he is eeeeeevvvvviiiiillllll now. As it turns out, Mark Hamill himself pitched this very idea on Dinner for Five a decade ago, on a panel that included none other than future Star Wars director J.J. Abrams. As he told Abrams, “As an actor that would be more fun to playI just thought that’s the way it was going from when we finished [Empire] I’ll have to come back, but it will be I have Han Solo in my crosshairs, and I’ll be about to kill him or about to kill the Princess or about to kill somebody that we care about.” Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Did Hamill Sell Abrams on Evil Luke Skywalker?