In the tweet, Star Wars Holo Side posted a short behind-the-scenes video of the scene where Luke returns to speak with Leia one last time before he goes off to fight in “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Last Jedi.” Luke shows up and has a quiet moment with his twin sister, telling her he’s sorry about her son Ben, who she says she knows is gone from her. Luke reminds her that “no one is ever really gone,” takes her hand, leaves Han’s dice in it, and kisses her on the head. The tweet said:
“This scene […] between Leia & Luke must have been emotionally rich on the set for you @HamillHimself & @rianjohnson for ‘The Last Jedi.’ I really like [it] as a ‘Star Wars’ fan. [T]hank you really for what you provided with Luke & Leia, ‘The Last Jedi.’ Fabulous, thank you!”
Hamill responded to the tweet by saying:
“An emotionally charged day on set filming this because, knowing he was about to sacrifice his life for the greater good, Luke was saying goodbye … forever. The kiss was unscripted & spontaneous in the moment, summarizing his/my feelings in a way words could never have conveyed.”
An emotionally charged day on set filming this because, knowing he was about to sacrifice his life for the greater good, Luke was saying goodbye… forever. The kiss was unscripted & spontaneous in the moment, summarizing his/my feelings in a way words could never have conveyed. https://t.co/l6Ap50WO8U
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) March 3, 2019
Hamill improvised the kiss on the forehead to say goodbye, and here come the tears again. The thing that no one could have known when they were shooting “The Last Jedi” was that this would be Carrie Fisher’s final “Star Wars” film, though footage of her was used to finish “Rise of Skywalker.” She died at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016, and “The Last Jedi” was released on December 9, 2017.