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Luke Skywalker Was "Of Course" Gay, Says Mark Hamill

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Luke Skywalker Was "Of Course" Gay, Says Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill has stated that Luke Skywalker's sexuality is whatever fans would like it to be, and that "of course" it's possible that the Jedi Master was gay.

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The non-canonical Legends timeline sees Luke meet a smuggler named Mara Jade, who was formerly the Emperor's Hand and believed that Luke killed Palpatine. In their journey together, she realised that the Emperor had lied to her about his death but her directive to assassinate Luke remained. In killing Luke's clone, she is freed of her servitude to Palpatine, and the relationship between the two Jedi deepens and Luke eventually proposes to her.

While Leia and Han got together in the original trilogy, there was never a romantic interest written into the storyline for Luke. As a result, his sexuality has never been confirmed, and so the character has become important to Star Wars fans from all walks of life.

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Actor Mark Hamill's opinion on Luke's identity is something that fans are likely to take into account as he is the face of the iconic Jedi Master. In short, he's completely on board with any interpretation of the character that offers comfort to marginalised people.

"I just read online that JJ is very much open to that," said the actor in an interview with The Sun in 2016. At the Oscar Wilde Awards of that year, the director of The Force Awakens and The Rise Of Skywalker expressed that it would be "insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive" to think that non-normative sexualities would not be a part of the galaxy far, far away.

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"In the old days, you would get fan mail," continued Hamill.. "But now fans are writing and asking 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," he concluded. "You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves."

There we have it. Luke appeared at the end of the second season of The Mandalorian to collect Grogu to train him in his aptitude with the force. Whether or not the Jedi Master will return in the third season remains to be seen, but the two characters featured in a new poster, building a lightsaber together.

Featured Image Credit: Lucasfilm, Disney

Topics: Star Wars, Disney, TV and Film

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