Star Wars has been lucky to have such a loyal fanbase that has stuck by its side since the 1970s, no matter if one movie is better than another. So you'd think that Mark Hamill, the actor behind Luke Skywalker himself, would have the same opinion—that all Star Wars installments are great no matter what. That's not exactly the case, however, because the legendary actor just chose his favorite in the franchise. But it took him a bit of thinking.
Though the decision was admittedly hard to make, Hamill said that if he had to choose, it would have to be The Empire Strikes Back.
"It's like, pick your favorite child. You like them all for different reasons," Hamill told The Hollywood Reporter. "I guess I'd have to go with Empire, only because it was so unexpected to have the protagonist be so soundly defeated. Losing the hand and the dad Vader, all of it was pretty unexpected. And it was much more cerebral. Yoda is such an important addition to the mythology and I thought it was so clever of George, the concept of the Force, so you can talk about religion and spirituality without making everyone uncomfortable. So, for that alone."
Hamill also confessed that he hasn't seen the original trilogy in decades.
"I don't know how many total, but I know the last time I saw them was 21 years ago when they were re-released as Special Editions," Hamill said. "Even then, I didn't plan to go to the theater. I said, 'Well, just send me copies,' to Lucasfilm, and my kids were young and said, 'Oh, daddy, but we haven't seen them in the theater.' I said, 'Well, you've got a point.' They had only seen them on home video. So we saw each one once, in 1998."
Hamill is set to reprise his iconic role in Episode IX, although he seemingly died in The Last Jedi. The last installment in the Skywalker saga debuts Dec. 20, 2019.