Mark Hamill comments on Donald Trump and his cabinet

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Just because the presidential race is over doesn’t mean the craziness has ended. It seems no person, place, thing or, now, movie franchise is safe from the reaches of this ridiculous political situation. Who would have thought the beloved Star Wars series would be entwined with the current U.S. political climate? That’s the case, though.

In recent weeks, president elect Donald Trump has been choosing the members of his cabinet and a quote by one such appointee, Stephen Bannon, is not sitting well with Star Wars fans, actors and crew members. In a recent interview, Bannon said, “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they [the media] get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”

Mark Hamill is one such Star Wars actor who’s reacted negatively to these comments. The actor spoke to The Daily Beast recently about his new show Pop Culture Quest and discussed his opinions about Trump and his cabinet.

“I’m in total denial,” he said about the president elect. “I’m glad I have [the show] to take my mind off what’s going on. Because if you look at what’s being assembled for our government it’s like, yikes. It’s a who’s-who of really despicable people.”

Talking about the election’s results, Hamill said he understands how his fellow Democrats may feel. “It’s tempting to say, ‘Well, I’m moving to Canada, I can’t stand it,’” he said. “But in other ways, it’s a challenge to stay and defend your country and do what you think is right and not retreat and hide under the covers. It’s not gonna be easy, that’s for sure.”

Hamill ended on a hopeful note, however, saying, “It sounds corny, but the Star Wars films were incredibly optimistic films. They talked about doing good just because it helps others and being selfless and understanding your place in the universe. Beyond being entertaining, I hope that’s a message that kids still respond to. Because I still believe that. I still believe all those tenets of ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’ and so forth.”

Fans who share similar opinions regarding the Star Wars films are in luck as they can view the latest film in the series,  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, when it hits theaters on December 16th.

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Glen has been reading comic books and playing video games his whole life. His unhealthy passion, however, is for film. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada.