Mark Hamill Pays Tribute to Carrie Fisher After Recanting 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Criticism
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The Luke Skywalker actor reminds us his "Star Wars" co-star was a force that will always be felt.

Mark Hamill marked the one-year anniversary of Carrie Fisher's death with a touching tribute Wednesday morning, a day after he expressed regret for publicly criticizing "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Quoting a line from Fisher's final film appearance in "The Last Jedi," Hamill tweeted, "No one's ever really gone."

He accompanied the words with three images. Two featured Hamill and Fisher together, one from their time working together on George Lucas' original films in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the other during the current trilogy. The third image captured Fisher's personality perfectly, a watercolor image of her looking like royalty, but holding her beloved dog and flipping the bird at the same time.

Those who've seen her outside of "Star Wars" know what a sharp wit she had, and the sarcastic joy she brought to everything.

The post came on the heels of Hamill's softening stance on the last chapter of the 40-year journey the pair could share together due to Fisher's unexpected and tragic death after filming was completed on "The Last Jedi." Fisher fell ill during a flight Dec. 23 of last year, passing away on Dec. 27 at the age of 60.

After four decades associated with the character of Luke Skywalker, Hamill can be forgiven for having passionate opinions about the character. He's not been shy about sharing them, either, going so far as to describe the character as "not my Luke" in an interview with SensaCine.

On Tuesday, though, the actor expressed regrets that he had shared his differences of opinion with "Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson so publicly.

Critics have been raving about "Last Jedi" since before its release, but the response from fans has been more tepid at best. While the sequel holds a 91 percent approval rating from critics counted on Rotten Tomatoes, it has just a 52 percent approval rating from viewers. Hamill's voice was one of the more prominent among the film's detractors, continuing even during press junkets leading up to its release. As the veritable face of the franchise, his words carried a lot of weight in the fan community.

Hamill was famously quoted as saying he "fundamentally disagreed" with Johnson's take on Luke in a Vanity Fair interview. But he also said that he and Johnson talked it out and he came to understand Johnson's take, embracing the role and giving what critics are calling his best-ever acting performance.

More recently, after having seen the film, Hamill has said his doubts were completely misplaced. "I’ve had trouble accepting what [Johnson] saw for Luke, but having seen the movie, I was wrong," he said in an interview with IMDb. "I think being pushed out of your comfort zone is a good thing, because if I was just another benevolent Jedi training young padawans, we’ve seen it!"

What Hamill maybe failed to realize is that the internet think-machine likes to take just one nugget of a thought and run wild with it. So while he said he was wrong and that he ultimately turned his thinking around and came to respect and appreciate the more complex vision Johnson had for Luke, he also said he disagreed with it, and that was enough for fanboys to run with and start tearing the film apart.

Nevertheless, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is doing big business at the box office. Despite a steep slide in its second weekend, the film still scored more than $100 million domestically and is projected to be among the highest-grossing films globally of all time when all is said and done.

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