A few weeks ago, a new TV spot aired for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in which we see a grizzled Luke Skywalker entering the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Of course, the Internet got emotional over seeing this, but apparently so did Mark Hamill. In a new interview with EW, he talks about what it was like for him being back on the iconic Corellian Light Freighter.
I’m telling you, I didn’t expect to have the reaction I had. I was there with my family, with [my children] Nathan and Griffin and Chelsea and my wife Marilou, and [Lucasfilm] asked if the documentary crew could be there when I came back on the Millennium Falcon. I mean, this was not on the shooting day. I was just street clothes and going to visit that set. And I said, “Sure.”
Being back in the cockpit didn’t take long for to overwhelm him. He went on to say:
It was sort of like visiting an old house that you lived in when you were a kid. I mean, I just welled up with emotion and I said, “I need to be by myself.”
They had recreated it down to every last detail that I remember. The oil drips, the hanging pipes, just everything. The dice in the cockpit.
The Last Jedi writer-director, Rian Johnson, says that shot of Luke venturing into the Falcon was one of the first days of shooting with Hamill at Pinewood Studios. He described how it unfolded as follows.
God, I remember so vividly getting that shot of him turning on the lights in the Falcon cockpit. And we all kind of looked at each other, just like, “Oh my God.”
While the scene is emotional it’s not especially jubilant. “There’s a lot of melancholy,” Johnson says. “You know, that ship is just filled with ghosts for Luke.”