The 66-year-old actor reprised his role as the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in the eighth instalment of the hit sci-fi franchise last year - the part he played in George Lucas’ original trilogy - and the movie was met with a mixed reaction from fans and critics alike, reports PTI.
However, in an interview with Den of Geek, Hamill admitted he wasn’t expecting the backlash the film received but understands why and that’s why he loves the franchise.He said: “And I love that about [it]. I was surprised that there was some backlash to it, but I get it, because I’m a fan too.
“It’s hard not to feel a sense of ownership, because they’re so invested in [the characters]. I totally get that. “Because yeah, I feel a sense of ownership with Luke, but he’s really not mine. I’m the host body, but it doesn’t belong to me.
“The investment I totally get, because yeah, when I’m making the film there’s nothing more important.
“I question everything, I want it to be the best it can be. But once it’s finished, it doesn’t belong to me anymore, it belongs to the public.
“I’m more interested in what they think about it rather than me telling them what I think about it.”
Hamill also went on to say how when he first starred in ‘A New Hope’ back in 1977, the internet didn’t exist and he never received a letter from someone saying how much they hated him, comparedto now.
He said: “So, again, back in the day, you didn’t have the internet, where people could deliver their opinions directly into your computer every day. “Nobody wrote letters to say, ‘Dear Hamill, I’m so not a fan, you stink. Sincerely, JG Jones.’
“Now they can! Again, I’m surprised that people go to the effort of hacking the scores at Rotten Tomatoes.