In the weeks after the presidential election, you’d be forgiven for feeling like things are a little darker. Luckily, there are movies and their relatively simple delineations of good and evil to help us (a) create metaphors, and (b) work through our business. So it is with relief that we can now say: Luke Skywalker remains good and is not about the dark side, at all. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Mark Hamill — who plays Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, you know this — expressed his concern for the coming administration, calling President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks “a who’s who of really despicable people.” And before you roll your eyes at what an actor in a space opera has to say about such things, remember that Trump’s new White House strategist Steve Bannon just invoked Luke’s father in a discussion about his own political point of view: “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power,” Bannon told The Hollywood Reporter last month. So, how to fight a Vader in the making? Rebellion, of course: “It’s a challenge to stay and defend your country and do what you think is right and not retreat and hide under the covers,” Hamill said, declaring his Skywalker-ish intentions. “It’s not gonna be easy, that’s for sure.”
Mark Hamill, metaphor.