Mark Hamill Played a Secret Second Role in 'The Last Jedi'
Luke Skywalker got to flex his voice acting chops as an inebriated oligarch in an interstellar casino.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Photo: John Wilson. ©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved
Fans have a lot of feelings about Star Wars: The Last Jedi—particularly about a meandering scene in an interstellar casino populated by super-rich arms dealers. One of those egregiously wealthy one-percenters is a Gremlin lookalike who's so trashed that he mistakes the beloved soccer ball-shaped droid, BB-8, for a slot machine. It's kind of sad, really, but it elicits a huge laugh from the audience. That drunk Rumplestiltskin, Nerdist reports in an interview with VFX supervisor Ben Morris, is called Dobbu Scay, and was secretly performed by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
In the years between The Return of the Jedi and the return of Hamill to a galaxy far, far away, the Star Wars scion made a name for himself as a mesmerizing voice actor. Outside of George Lucas's iconic space opera, he boasts about 300 credits, most famously the spine-chilling Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. After being famously unable to break out the pipes in 2015's The Force Awakens, Nerdist reports that he asked director Rian Johnson for a little extra time to flex his voice acting chops in the sequel.
“Mark came to Rian [Johnson]," says Morris. "Mark’s done an awful lot of computer game voices for characters, but he’s never had the chance [to do mo-cap]. So, he said, ‘I want to put the dots on, man. I want to do that mo-cap thing.'” Johnson acquiesced, creating the bougie alien party animal whom reformed Stormtrooper Finn and Resistance engineer Rose encounter on the Las Vegas-like planet of Canto Bight.
Hamill's shoot involved constructing a giant, wire-frame BB-8 on Industrial Light and Magic's London soundstage in order to transform him into a pug-sized banker type. "I think Mark had a great time," Morris tells Nerdist. "And we leave that as the basis for his performance ideas for the character.”
Dobbu Scay is just one of many, many cameos—32, by Vanity Fair's count— in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, including previous Johnson collaborator Joseph Gordon-Levitt, British Princes William and Harry, Warwick Davis, tons of Game of Thrones alums, Shawn of the Dead director Edgar Wright, Ellie Goulding, and Carrie Fisher's dog, Gary, who you can see on the far left of the image above.