Yoda tends to be the go-to voice of wisdom in the Star Wars universe, but the green dude might be lapped by Mark Hamill on this occasion. The 64-year-old actor recently shared with The Sun that his onscreen alter-ego’s sexuality isn’t etched in stone. In Hamill’s eyes, it’s whatever the viewer would like it to be.
Arriving not too long after Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams suggested an openly gay character or two might pop up in future franchise installments, Hamill also shared his own progressive view of the series and in particular in regard to Luke Skywalker. If the world’s most famous Jedi is gay in your heart and mind, that’s a-okay with Hamill.
“I just read online that JJ is very much open to that. In the old days you would get fan mail.
“But now fans are writing and ask all these questions, ‘I’m bullied in school… I’m afraid to come out’. They say to me, ‘Could Luke be gay?’ I’d say it is meant to be interpreted by the viewer.
“If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.”
For a dude that’s played the hero in arguably the biggest movie franchise of all-time, this still ranks as one of the coolest things Hamill’s ever done. Not that shippers necessarily needed a green light to imagine LGBT characters and relationships in the Lucas kingdom, mind you. By the way, this isn’t the first time the actor’s told fans that the romantic inclinations of Luke Skywalker are for the viewer to decide.