CinemaBlend sat down with Mark Hamill to discuss The Last Jedi, and learnt about his reaction on first reading the script. The change in Luke Skywalker surprised Hamill:
Well, without giving anything away, ‘It’s time for the Jedi to end?’ Are you kidding me? I was the most optimistic, hopeful character in all the movies. How could he arrive at a place where he’s a cynical hermit. It’s beyond comprehension.
Asked how he felt about the change Hamill was very blunt in his assessment:
Appalled. Yeah. A Jedi never gives up. If he makes a mistake he corrects it.
However Hamill came to love the story and arc for his character. Check out the video below for the interview: